Assessment


Homework
Homework is an important part of the learning process for students.  Goals for homework are to help students:
• reinforce and extend concepts learned in the classroom;
• become independent learners; and
• develop effective study and organizational habits.

For regular classes, homework should take the average student 30–45 minutes per class meeting period.  For honors and AP classes, homework should take the average student approximately 45–60 minutes per class meeting period. Students may stop working (and will not be penalized) after 60 minutes of focused work in a regular class and 75 minutes of focused work in an honors or AP class.

Homework should be done in an environment free of distractions such as music, videos, and social media. Unless otherwise indicated by the teacher, students must work on homework independently.

Students who are absent should get their assignments from the class website or from a classmate. For planned extended absences, students must make arrangements with their teachers at least one week prior to the absence.

Grades help to assess how well a student has mastered the material in a class. Letter grades are given for each class based on student assessments given throughout the grading period.

Grades are given at the end of each quarter. Semester grades are typically a weighted average of the two quarter grades and optionally the semester final exam.

Physical education credits earned through competitive sports participation are graded as pass/fail.

Grade point averages (GPAs) are calculated based on the semester grades for a given class. Non-honors classes earn the unweighted GPA, while honors and Advanced Placement classes earn the weighted GPA.

Numeric GradeLetter GradeGPA for Non-Honors ClassesGPA for Honors and AP Classes
97–100A+4.335.33
93–96A4.005.00
90–92A–3.674.67
87–89B+3.334.33
83–86B3.004.00
80–82B–2.673.67
77–79C+2.333.33
73–76C2.003.00
70–72C–1.672.67
67–69D+1.332.33
63–66D1.002.00
60–62D–0.671.67
0–59F0.000.00

Academic Honors
At the end of each quarter and semester, students are honored for their academic achievement based on their grades for the given quarter or semester.

Students who have a GPA of 4.00 or greater for a given grading period earn membership on the Head’s List for that grading period. Students not on the Head’s List who have a GPA of 3.50 or greater for a given grading period earn membership on the General Excellence List for that grading period.

Academic honors are listed on a student’s transcript.

Academic Probation
Students whose GPA for a given grading period is below 1.67 or who have received one or more grades of F in the grading period are placed on academic probation.

Students on academic probation may not participate in athletics or extra-curricular activities and may be required to procure outside tutoring, enroll in Cambridge Prep’s Academic Support Program, and/or attend extra help after the regular academic day.