Academics & Grades

Academic Deficiency

Students are considered academically deficient if, at the end of the year, they do not have a sufficient number of credits to advance to the next grade level. The theology credit is adjusted for transfer students from public schools. Required credit levels are as follows: 8 credits to be classified a sophomore, 16 credits to be classified a junior, and 23 credits to be classified a senior. Students deficient in credits are encouraged to make up the deficiency over the summer through correspondence courses or summer school. Students who fail required courses are REQUIRED to make up the required course before the first day of school the following academic year unless special permission is given by the principal.


Academic Honesty

There is a clear expectation that all students will perform assignments and take tests with honor and integrity. Academic honesty is essential for true scholastic growth. Students are expected to do their own work and cite sources where appropriate. Academic dishonesty is a serious violation of our student conduct codes. These situations will be dealt with on an individual basis by the vice principal in consultation with the teacher and the principal. Depending on the severity and magnitude of the incident, the discipline may range from detention to expulsion. Students will be given an alternate opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the material.


Academic Contracts

A student who is failing multiple classes may be put on an academic contract. A staffing may be held to determine the conditions of the contract. A staffing is a meeting of the student, parents, teachers, advisor, and counselor to devise a plan for academic improvement for the student. A staffing may be held more than one time per year for a student. Failure to meet the conditions of the contract may result in dismissal from school.


Exams

Exams are given at the end of the first and second semesters. The teacher, in consultation with the Academic Dean, will determine the content and format of the exam. There are no exemptions from exams.


Graded Assignments

Teachers are expected to provide meaningful assignments in support of student learning. Major assignments should include a rubric to communicate and measure student learning. External factors, such as timeliness, neatness, following direction, etc., must not exceed 25% (35% in an honors course) of the grade.

Students are encouraged to complete any missing work to eliminate failing grades. At the discretion of the teacher, missing deadlines for assignments may result in mandatory seminar, detention, or some other action to correct the behavior. Revised deadlines will be allowed in some cases, such as health problems or other extenuating circumstances, with the approval of the teacher and/or administration. Students are given special consideration as defined by their Individualized Education Plan or 504 Service Plan.


Grading Systems

Report cards are issued at the end of each semester. Credits are earned by semester. A cumulative grade point average is determined at the end of each semester.

The semester grade is an average of all grades for the semester. Mid-semester grades are only progress reports. No credit is given at mid-semester.

Grading Scale

 

Grade Standard Grading Scale Grade Points *Honors Grading Scale
A+ 99-100 4.0 99-100
A 95-98 4.0 92-98
A- 93-94 4.0 90-91
B+ 91-92 3.667 88-89
B 87-90 3.333 82-87
B- 85-86 3.0 80-81
C+ 83-84 2.667 78-79
C 79-82 2.333 72-77
C- 77-78 2.0 70-71
D+ 75-76 1.667 68-69
D 72-74 1.333 62-67
D- 70-71 1.0 60-61
F 0-69 0 0-59

 

*Honors college level courses are only offered at the junior and senior level. The college level grading scale complies with generally accepted college grading scales.


Graduation Policies

The following guidelines apply to all students who expect to graduate from Saint Francis Borgia Regional High School:

1. Any senior who does not complete the required course work by the given deadline will not receive a diploma until the necessary work is satisfactorily completed. Deficiencies not made up prior to the final semester will keep a senior from participating in the graduation ceremony. Parents will be notified as soon as deficiency is evident.

2. Any senior wishing to participate in graduation must have made a closed retreat sometime during his/her junior or senior year (see Retreats)

3. To graduate, a senior must have served a minimum of 5 opportunities a year.  Each opportunity should be a minimum of 4 hours.These must be turned in to the director of Campus Ministry at least two weeks before the date of graduation. All approved and confirmed hours before the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year will be accepted.

4. Any senior wishing to participate in graduation must:

a. Be present at the complete practice; and

b. Be present for the baccalaureate Mass.

5. Seniors will not be allowed to participate in baccalaureate and graduation unless they are properly attired. For men, this includes dress pants, a dress shirt, a tie, dress shoes (no tennis shoes, sandals, or boots), socks, and a clean shave. For women, this includes a dress or skirt/dress slacks with a blouse (preferably without a stand-up collar), and dress shoes (no tennis shoes or boots).

6. A student who arrives for baccalaureate or graduation under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Parents will be contacted as soon as possible.

7. No sashes, flowers, pins, or medals may be worn over the gown with the exception of NHS and honors cords and the school medallion unless approved by administration.


Seminar

Seminar is part of our school day. During seminar, students may use the library, Study Skills center, labs, etc. Students may see teachers to get missed assignments and receive other assistance. Tutoring help may be arranged to take place during this time. Teachers can require a student to be in attendance for seminar until 3:00 pm.


Silent Sustained Reading (SSR)

Borgia believes an integral component of becoming a lifelong learner is developing a love for reading. SSR is included in the schedule for a regular school day at the beginning of second period, from 9:47-9:57 am.  The second period class immediately follows SSR. SSR time is to be spent in silent reading for pleasure (no textbooks or magazines). Students who do not have SSR reading materials may be assigned detention.