HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAM
At the end of each semester, one half (.5) credit is given for the successful completion of each course. Many courses continue from semester 1 to semester 2 and upon successful completion these will be given one (1.0) credit for the year. To move from one grade in the high school to the next, a student must earn a minimum number of credits. Refer to the High-School Student-Parent Handbook for more information on the credit system.
A student who does not meet these credit requirements will remain in the same grade until the necessary credits are earned to advance to the next grade. A grade placement review will be conducted at the end of each semester. These credit designations will not apply to the ESL students, until it is clear they have sufficient skill in the English Language to understand the subject material. A change in placement does not occur for the purposes of acceleration towards graduation.
Student performance level are assessed and graded in a variety of ways including through projects, class work, presentations, tests, quizzes, assignments and various other methods, which will all be graded and factored into their Grade Point Averages (GPAs). The various instructional methods employed by teachers are designed to progressively evaluate the students’ academic development and encourage learning and understanding through critical thinking and application of learned knowledge rather than rote learning.
Students are expected to demonstrate effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom activities, achieving the ISK Essential Schoolwide Learning Results ESLR’s and consistently performing to their individual level of ability.
All students in High School are required to take final exams scheduled by their teachers. If a student is unable to attend a final exam for legitimate reasons (serious illness or family emergency) the family must notify the ISK office as soon as possible.
Grade Point Average (GPA) and Honor Roll
A student’s GPA is determined by assigning a number to each letter grade a student earns and an average is then determined. This process occurs each semester. A student’s GPA is used to determine eligibility for the Honor Roll (3.4 GPA or above). For a detailed look at the GPA system refer to the High School Student-Parent Handbook.
In order to be eligible for the Honor Roll, a student must have at least a 3.40 unrounded GPA. Furthermore, no student will be eligible if he/she receives a “no credit” grade. The Honor Roll is figured at the end of each quarter. A semester Honor Roll is also determined.
Student Report Cards & Transcripts
Grades in progress are issued twice during each semester, once at the end of each quarter, and only the final grades for each semester are recorded on the student’s transcript.
Parents will receive individualized printed reports of all grades to date. Formal parent conferences will be held in the first three weeks of quarters two and four to discuss student progress. A teacher or parent may request individual conferences as necessary.
College and Career Readiness Pathway
ISK has adopted the College Board College and Career Readiness Pathway assessments. The series of assessment consist of ReadiStep (eighth to ninth grade), PSAT/NMSQT (10th to 11th grade) and SAT (11th to 12th grade). These integrated assessments measure a student’s college and career readiness from the eighth through 12th grades.
For High School students, the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT assessments progressively measures the reading, writing and mathematical knowledge and skills that they need to be on track for success in high school, college, and careers. The PSAT/NMSQT(10th to 11th grade) identifies probable success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and areas of opportunity for improved college and career readiness. The SAT (11th to 12th grade) assessment provides insight into the ultimate measure of a student’s level of college and career readiness and success upon graduation from high school.
The results of these assessments are not factored into a student’s GPA or credit . It is only for the purposes of internal use to help provide feedback for school administrators to identify the skills students need to further develop, and initiate early interventions at critical points in students’ school careers before transition to High School. However, the SAT results are given and belong to the students for purposes of college or University application.
Read more on the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT assessments
The high school program of studies requires most students to spend four full years earning the required 23 credits for graduation. Most students are expected to graduate from ISK with more than this minimum number. Upon meeting the necessary requirements for graduation, students will graduate with an accredited High School Diploma.
You will find detailed information on the school’s academic policies and programs, and general information for Student and parents in the High School Student-Parent Handbook