Grading

The final grade in a course is determined by the teacher of record.

Progress Reports

Published at the 5th week of each 10-week marking period. Progress Reports are posted to the Parent Portal for review. Contact the Counseling Office to request a copy.

Report Cards

Published approximately one week after the 10-week marking period. Report cards are posted to the parent portal for review. Students are expected to pay for lost and damaged items before the final report card will be released to the portal. Contact the Counseling Office to request a hard copy.

Lost and/or Damaged Items

Students are expected to pay for any lost or damaged items before their diploma will be released to them.

Grade Point Average

A student’s grade point average reported on his/her transcript is compiled of all the courses he/she has taken that are scored numerically. Grade Point Average (GPA) Reported on Transcripts vs. Report Cards and divided by the number of credits the courses are worth.

The transcript is the student’s legal record and is what is sent to colleges, the military, and employers when requested. The transcript is an overall picture of academics for grades 9 through 12.

A report card is a snapshot taken each quarter/ten weeks indicating how a student is currently doing. A student’s grade point average reported on his/her report card is compiled of the courses he/she is currently taking and are scored numerically and divided by the number of courses.

The report card GPA is used to determined Principal’s List/Honor Roll, awards, and National Honor Society (NHS) nomination. The report card GPA looks at an individual quarter, semester or year in one snapshot that divides by the number of courses, not the number of credits.

Weighted Grades

Weighting means that certain higher level courses will be multiplied by either 1.025 or 1.05 depending on the course. For example, a grade of an 80 in AP English would be multiplied by 1.05 and would calculate as an 84. This weighted grade would be used toward the student’s weighted GPA and class rank. The weighted average would also be used for honor roll and honor society eligibility. The courses with a 1.025 multiplier are Honors and University in the High School courses. All AP (Advanced Placement) courses will receive the 1.05 multiplier.

Weighted GPA Calculation

In order to determine a student’s grade point average (GPA), the course accrued will have a weighted grade status at the high school level. Weighting means that certain higher level courses will be multiplied by either 1.05 (for AP courses), 1.025 (for UHS courses), or 1.0 for Regents level courses.

Course Name, Grade, Credits, Weighted?, Possible Total Points

  • AP English 11, 85, 1.0, Y (1.05), 85 x 1.05 = 89.25
  • UHS American History, 80, 1.0, Y (1.025), 80 x 1.025 = 82.00
  • Algebra II, 79, 1.0, N (1.00), 79 x 1.00 = 79
  • Regents Chemistry, 81, 1.0, N (1.00), 81 x 1.00 = 81
  • HS PE, 95, 0.5, N (1.00), 95 x .05 = 47.50
  • HS Health, 93, 0.5, N (1.00), 93 x .05 = 46.50
  • UHS Principles of Business, 89, 1.0, Y (1.025), 89 x 1.025 = 91.23
  • Spanish II, 80, 1.0, N (1.00), 80 x 1.00 = 80.00
  • Forensics, 89, 1.0, N (1.00), 89x 1.00 = 89

Total 8.0 685.48 points

Weighted GPA = 685.48/8.0 = 85.69

High School Credit Earned in Junior High

DCS may grant credit to Junior High students who take high school courses in Junior High. These courses must have the same expectations, curriculum and final exams as the equivalent courses taught in the high school. The following DCS courses have been identified for high school credit:

  • Algebra I
  • Regents Earth Science
  • Spanish 1A & 1B (equivalent to Spanish Culture in the HS)