Final Exam Exemption Policy
Final Exam Exemption Policy (Page 35 in Grading Policy)
Any twelfth grade student who meets the grade and attendance requirements listed below may be exempted from the final exam in each class both fall and spring semesters. Any tenth or eleventh grade student who meets the grade and attendance requirements listed below may be exempted from the final exam in each class for the spring semester only. The exemption applies to each class individually.
In lieu of taking the exam, students will be provided with alternate activities during their scheduled exam time. These alternative activities will be conducted on campus.
An actual grade average (unweighted) of eighty-five (85) or better for the semester in a particular class will be required.
A student may have no more than two (2) excused absences in the class for which the exemption is desired. Students with even one unexcused absence or one day of in-school or out-of-school suspension may not be exempted. Absence is defined as missing a specific class period, whether excused or unexcused, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension. A tardy of 10 minutes or more is considered an absence. Three unexcused tardies of less than ten minutes constitute an absence. The only absence exceptions are school-related business such as extra-curricular activities or field trips and bona fide, documented college or university visits for which all make-up work is completed. The teacher’s record (grade book) is the final authority; therefore, any questions about school-related absences should be cleared up with the teacher as soon as possible after the absence.
Students who do not attend the alternate activities will be counted absent. If this absence exceeds the two (2) allowable excused absences for the grading period, or is an unexcused absence, the student’s exemption will be revoked. The student will receive an Incomplete for all applicable subjects until the final examination(s) are taken.
A student who meets the exemption requirements for a class may choose to take the exam regardless of his/her grade in a particular class. However, if she/he takes the exam, the grade will be counted and averaged with the semester grades in order to determine the final course grade.
Students will be notified by each teacher of their exemption status the day prior to the first day of final exams. Absences will be counted through that day.