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13. Grading Policy

Each teacher is responsible for setting the regulations and policies of each class. St. John's employs a standard grading policy as follows: 
  • 98-100: A+   (4.0 GPA)
  • 94-97: A       (4.0 GPA)
  • 90-93: A-     (3.75 GPA)
  • 87-89: B+     (3.5 GPA)
  • 83-86: B       (3.0 GPA)
  • 80-82: B-      (2.75 GPA)
  • 77-79: C+     (2.5 GPA)
  • 73-76: C
  • 70-72: C-
  • 68-69: D+
  • 64-67: D
  • 60-63: D-
  • 59 and below F 
  • I = Incomplete

Class participation

Class participation is a factor in grading, and a student's mark will reflect his participation in the class. Good classroom participation includes coming to class fully prepared, with all necessary materials (pen, paper, and books); demonstrating a positive and enthusiastic attitude to work, discussions and learning; behaving in a courteous and Christian manner; etc. Students are to be well prepared for the class through study and completion of homework assignments. Verbal participation in class will also affect the grade. 

Attendance, with respect to class grades

Attendance on a regular basis is essential to the educational experience. It is the obligation of each student to attend classes regularly. The quality of the students' attendance is also an important factor (attitude, preparedness, attentiveness). Excessive absences will result in a lower grade (this is outlined in the more detailed section entitled Attendance). 
  • Only schoolwork missed due to an excused absence can be made up. Arrangements must be made by the student. Home or class work for unexcused absences may be accepted, but only at the discretion of the teacher. All make up work is at the discretion of the teacher. 
  • Grades for quizzes and tests taken in class stand permanently. Retests are only allowed for failed tests (D and F) and only at the discretion of the teacher. 

Report cards

Report cards are given to each student. Mid-term reports may be considered formal student progress reports. Only semester grades appear on the transcripts. Grades are as follows: 

Grades K - 1 

  • E: Excellent
  • VG: Very Good
  • G: Good
  • S: Satisfactory
  • U: Unsatisfactory
  • N: Needs Improvement 

Grades 2 - 12 

  • A: Outstanding achievement or above 90%
  • B: Good or above 80% 
  • C: Satisfactory or above 70% 
  • D: Unsatisfactory or above 60% 
  • F: Failing or below 60%
  • I**: Incomplete (only for exceptional circumstances)
  • P: Pass 
**The Incomplete grades will be changed to an "F" if work is not satisfactorily completed by an agreed upon deadline.

Late work

Classwork or homework that is not submitted on time will be penalized by one grade level for each day that the work is late, beginning immediately after the submission deadline. This means that if a homework assignment is handed in after the period in which it is due, it will be lowered by one grade level.