Semester Exams, Exemptions, and Exam Waivers
Semester Exams will take place on December 17, 20, and 21st. Waivers are an option for some students who qualify. Below are the requirements necessary to receive a waiver. This information is also found in the Student Handbook (please note, COVID modifications have been made):
Students who have achieved mastery may be exempt from the semester assessment.
Exemption and Waiver Policy
1. Any student (Grades 9-12) with a Semester Grade of 96% or above, before the semester test(s), may be exempt. (This 96% does not include the additional five honors points)
2. Any student achieving a Semester Grade of 86% or above is eligible to earn one (1) exam waiver for one (1) class if the following criteria is met:
- Missed no more than four days, or a total of four days in one semester. (16 block periods total. Block periods missed are added together.) Illness, medical appointments, vacations, personal absences and suspensions DO count against the waiver. School sponsored field trips, college visits and funerals are the only exceptions and will not count against the waiver.
- Receives no more than two electronic violations in one semester
- Receives no more than two dress code detentions in one semester.
- Also any student who is tardy to class more than three times will not be able to use their waiver in that particular class. All waivers and/or exemptions will be held until fines are paid and equipment is returned.
3. In some disciplines, mastery of knowledge may be more appropriately measured through a cumulative project or portfolio. Therefore a waiver and/or exemption may not apply in these courses.
Finally, below is an article one of our teachers shared recently that eloquently speaks to how important the “struggle” is in academics (which can ultimately be a lesson in how we handle struggles in life). Taking the first step in the direction of help when a person is struggling is key. Please help your son or daughter identify their first step and know we are here to help identify those steps during any struggles.