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Grading Policy

Grading Policy

Academic Grades
Alliance high school graduation requirements and grading policies are in alignment with University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) undergraduate admissions requirements. Like the UC, CSU, and other accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States, Alliance students may earn passing grades of “A,” “B,” and “C.”  The Alliance does not issue the letter grade of “D,” since colleges & universities do not accept “Ds” for college admission.

Students are graded based on their knowledge of the standards tested on every formative and summative assessment. Students may receive multiple grades on one assessment since every standard receives a separate grade. Teachers use a 4-point grading scale (4=A, 3=B, 2=C, 1=NP or Not Passing). A “0” will be given for any formative or summative assessment that is missing. Overall course grades are based on a range: A (3.4–4.0), B (2.70–3.39), C (2.00–2.69), 
NP (0.00–1.99).

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency in a course, earning a grade of Not Proficient, “NP” (not proficient enough to pass), are required to retake the course to earn credit.

Academic Honesty Policy

The faculty and staff at Smidt Tech are committed to teaching students how to become ethical users of academic information and ideas. As a school, it is our responsibility not only to educate students in the research process and mechanics of writing and proper documentation but also to hold our students accountable for honest work. Whether an assigned project is in a visual, written or spoken format, students are expected to accurately reference all sources of information consulted for the project. Plagiarism is regarded as a serious offense and will not be tolerated by Smidt Tech or any other institution of higher learning. 

The following actions are expressly prohibited at Smidt Tech and are subject to disciplinary action if committed:
·   Plagiarism—submitting another person’s work as your own.
·   Submission of falsified data, written or oral.
·   Copying another student’s work during an exam.
·   Aiding another student with acts of plagiarism and/or copying.
·   Theft or unauthorized access to an exam.
·   Use of a proxy (substitute student) or agreeing to be a proxy during an exam or activity.
·   Use of unauthorized materials or equipment, including prohibited websites, during an exam.
·   Changing, altering or fabricating a grade, score, or any other academic record.
·   Unauthorized communication with any other person during an exam.
·   Stealing, tampering with, or damaging school computer files, disks, materials or any other 
    school property.
·   Stealing or destroying the work of another student. 

Academic Dishonesty Consequences

1st Offense: "NP" on assignment/test. Teacher notifies parent. Consequences assigned. Incident reported to administration via referral. Consequences shall include 10 hours of community service. Notice entered into student’s central file and all teachers on student’s schedule notified.

2nd Offense: "NP" on assignment/test. Teacher holds conference with parent. Student shall be assigned an additional 20 service hours, notice entered into student’s central file, and all teachers on the student’s schedule notified. Administration may assign further consequences.

3rd Offense: Further consequences, including a mandatory parent conference with assigned administrator, in addition to a 5-day suspension to expulsion will be assigned.

Incomplete Grades
A teacher may determine that a student shall have more time to complete required coursework due to an extended illness, death or illness in the family, or other reason deemed to be of an extenuating nature. The teacher may assign the student an Incomplete (“I”), with a deadline to make up the assigned work. Upon completion of the assigned work or by the deadline, the teacher will submit a grade change form to officially change the “I” to a letter grade. If a student does not complete the work by the deadline, s/he risks failing the class.

Transfer Grades, Course Credit from Institutions Outside an Alliance School
Students who transfer into an Alliance school with a grade(s) of “D” must retake the course to meet the Alliance’s “A-G” high school graduation and college/university undergraduate admission requirements. Students will receive unit credit on their transcript but the credit will not count towards A-G course completion.

·   All high schools in Alliance College-Ready Public School system accept high school credit from 
    public and private high schools:
  • Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • The course(s) are approved by the University of CA Office of the President (UCOP) 
·   Alliance Principals may require a student to take and pass the Alliance high school’s final exam 
    or end of course test (to prove proficiency for course(s) taken outside of an Alliance school within
    the current school year) to receive credit and a transcript grade for the course. Students not
    passing the final or end of course test will receive unit credit but will not count towards A-G 
    course requirement.

Completed coursework from other schools will be accepted for credit at Smidt Tech if the following criteria are met:
·   The course meets equivalent standards of the ACRPS course. (UC approved courses can only
    be made up with equivalent UC approved courses.)
·   The student must provide the Alliance campus with an official transcript before credit will be 
    awarded.
·   If the student intends to take required classes at a community college, the course must be
    approved by the school administrator prior to enrollment, to ensure the equivalency of the 
    college class.
·   If a student transfers from another school mid-semester, his or her transfer grades for courses 
    currently in progress will be factored into the equivalent ACRPS courses, as the ACRPS 
    instructor deems appropriate.
·   The school may assign partial credit for courses in progress at the previous school that are not 
    offered at the Alliance campus.

Similarly, the school may award partial credit for courses that a student enrolls in mid-semester in which the student was not previously enrolled at the previous school. Transfer grades will be added to the student’s transcript, but will not replace the grades previously earned.

Credit Recovery
Smidt Tech students who have a credit deficiency from (1) failure to demonstrate proficiency in grade-level standards and thus earning a grade of NP in a course or (2) transferring into Smidt Tech lacking the proper credits have options for credit recovery. Of course, it is necessary for the student to have a discussion with the college counselor before proceeding with credit recovery plans.
  • Summer School: Students may enroll in an accelerated summer school course given at Smidt Tech during the months of June and July.
  • Adult School: Adult schools provide opportunities for students to make up credits for a number of classes; however, certain courses are not offered and others are not accepted by Smidt Tech, e.g., math classes.
  • Community College: Community College classes taken for credit may also be used as credit recovery courses.