A grade represents the level of progress a student has made toward attaining certain definite levels or standards of achievement. All grades will be numerical except where marking and grading policy specifically states otherwise. To determine grades for any subject, marks must be based upon a mastery of the established content for that subject. Student progress is measured in terms of specific accomplishments, which become an index to the pupil's competence in the skills and disciplines represented by the subject.
In addition to reporting a student's grade, the teacher will report on each student's attendance in class. Comments regarding student achievement, behavior, and attitude should be reported during each grade-reporting period. Teachers will communicate, in writing, to students and parents, during the first week of classes course objectives, marking/grading procedures, assignment deadlines, expectations for students and the classroom discipline plan.
There are (6) reporting periods. Marks for each reporting period are based on the weighted average for any tests, projects, and quizzes, and there must be at least three (3) major marks for each marking period.
A final in a course will be in one of the following forms:
1. A comprehensive exam of subjective and/or objective questions.
2. A portfolio of student work over the year.
3. A combination of exam and portfolio.
The teacher will state the form the final will take, and if it is a combination, the percentage each form counts.
The final mark in a course is as follows: the average of the year's marking periods represents three-fourths of the final mark and the final exam represents one fourth of the final mark.
Monitoring Student Progress
Auburn High School's formal reporting system consists of report cards that are issued to students every six weeks. In addition to report cards, interim reports are mailed to parents/guardians between marking periods when a teacher has deemed it necessary. Academic progress reports are also available upon request in the counseling office. These reports are typically used on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and assist students with managing their coursework and help to inform parents/guardians of their ongoing progress.
School-wide parent-teacher conferences are set up twice a year (once a semester) and allows parents/guardians to meet with the individual classroom teachers, counselors or administrators during the evening hours.
Individual parent/teachers conferences can be set up anytime throughout the school year upon request of a parent/guardian or school staff member. Parents/guardians should contact their child’s school counselor if he or she is interested in setting up an individual conference.
Report Cards for the 2007-2008 school year will be distributed on the following dates:
Marking Period 1 November 2, 2007Marking Period 2 December 14, 2007
Marking Period 3 February 1, 2008
Marking Period 4 March 24, 2008
Marking Period 5 May 9, 2008
Marking Period 6 Mailed on June 27, 2008
Make up Work
Those students with excused absences will have the opportunity to make up a test or other missed work within a reasonable time period, generally not to exceed three (3) days. Students who are unexcused or cut class may appeal to the teacher for permission to make up missed work within a short period of time, generally not to exceed two days. The student must take the initiative in making the necessary arrangements immediately upon returning to school.
Credit and Examination Requirements for Graduation
Students and parents should consult the current Course Guide for Auburn High School for specific information that pertains to each grade level. Requirements for graduation differ depending on the year in which a child first enters 9th grade. Parents and students can also consult a School Counselor for specific information.
A student must meet the following requirements for grade level placement. To be a 10th grader a student must have earned at least 4 credits: 3 of these credits must be from the core academic subjects of English, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. To be an 11th grader a student must have earned 9 credits: 6 of these credits must be from the core subjects of English, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. To be a 12th grader - candidate for graduation - a student must be able to meet all graduation requirements by June. Participation in commencement is not permitted if a diploma is not earned (Board of Education Policy). The class membership of a student will be changed within a given year if sufficient credit is earned.
Schedule changes must be initiated through your school counselor. Parental approval is necessary before a change is considered. Students are to continue attending classes as scheduled until schedule changes have been completely processed. Students/parents cannot request a change in teacher or a student's lunch period.
Adding Courses - Students may add a course after the first five days of school but within the first three weeks of each semester.
Dropping Courses – Parent, teacher and school counselor permission is required to drop a course. Course changes may be requested only after the student has attended the class for five days and within the first five weeks of the course. Should circumstances cause a withdrawal from a course after the first five weeks, the building principal must give his/her approval before the student is allowed to drop the course.
If a student is withdrawn from a one-semester course after the first three weeks this change will be reflected on the students permanent record and official transcript.
If a student is withdrawn from a full year course after the first six weeks this change will be reflected on the students permanent record and official transcript.
Course level changes will be considered during the first six weeks. Level changes should be made only after discussion with teacher, counselor and parent. Exceptions can be made on appeal to the principal. Counselor, parents or teachers may initiate a review of a specific case.
Students are not allowed to drop a course during the sixth marking period.
The Honor Roll (overall average of 85% - 92%) and High Honor Roll (overall average of 93% - 100%) will be published at the end of each marking period. At Auburn High School, all credit-bearing courses are used to determine a student’s eligibility for the Honor Roll. ~Students also must take a minimum of three credit bearing courses plus physical education to qualify for either Honor Roll, and should have no “incompletes” on their report cards.
Academic Intervention Services (AIS):
Academic intervention services (AIS) will be provided to students who have been identified as being at risk of falling below the state learning standards in English or math. This particular service will take the form of a formal class, which meets every other day during the school year. A student’s eligibility for academic intervention services will be determined based on his or her performance on the state assessment examinations administered in eighth grade. When it has been determined that a student needs academic intervention services, the parents/guardians will be notified in writing by the child’s school counselor. The notice will outline the reason the student needs such services and the type of services to be provided. The purpose of this class is to build the skills that the eighth grade assessment tool determined the student was
deficient in at the time of testing. Students can be removed from this class when the instructor of the class determines that the student has improved his or her skills to a sufficient level or the student has successfully passed the state regents exam in that subject area.
All teachers are available after school on a regular school day, except for scheduled faculty and departmental meetings from 2:25 pm-2:50 pm. (These meetings are typically help on the first and second Thursday of the month at Auburn High School.)
Booker T. Washington Community Center after school programming is available for students ages 5-19 years of age. A Teen Scene program which involves educational and recreational activities is available from 3-9pm. Tutoring is offered every day between 3-4pm. For more information please contact the BTW Community Center directly. (315) 253-3207 (office) Director: Crystal Rozelle
Private tutoring; school counselors have a list of private tutors available in the area who have registered with the Cayuga-Onondaga Teachers Center. The tutors on this list are educators or community professionals in the area. The cost of tutoring is determined by each individual tutor. The cost can typically range from $15 to $30 dollars per hour depending on the level of education and subject being taught.
A high school student who fails a course may be eligible to attend summer school (if offered by the school district) to earn credits or retake a Regents Exam. A student can take up to two academic courses during the six-week summer school program. In order for a student to attend summer school for any course, he or she must have a passing average in the course for a minimum of three marking periods or earn a final course grade of at least 50 in that course.
The Auburn High School Counselors have a wealth of career services available to students through their computer database, materials located in their office suite and on their web site. Please contact the counseling office for more information. http://auburn.cnyric.org/~district/ahsguidance/career
Auburn High School has professionally trained school counselors, school social workers and school psychologists to help students with their social/ emotional needs. If a student is in need of personal/social support he or she should seek out one of the counseling professionals listed above.