It is that time of year again… second semester, and the opportunity for seniors to be able to exempt from taking their finals in May! We want to encourage our seniors to finish their high school career strong, reward students who have been working so hard to be a great student in every aspect, and perhaps even ease a little exam anxiety towards the end of the year. The last few years have been successful so we want to continue this little incentive for our seniors.
Please read through the 2019-2020 Semester 2 Senior Exam Exemption Form. Seniors will be responsible for printing, completing, and submitting this form for consideration.
Here are the general criteria that we will be able to measure:
SENIOR FINAL EXEMPTION CRITERIA
- Senior students must be passing their course BOTH Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 with a minimum 91% (rounded) B+, in order to waive out of that respective final exam.
- Senior Students have the option of taking their final exam, if doing so increases the chances of earning a better grade.
- Senior students must have accumulated NO MORE THAN three (3) detention hours over the course of the entire 2019-20 school year.
- Senior students must have a minimum of 94% attendance rate (no more than 5 excused or unexcused absences) for second semester.
- Senior students must have no more than 5 excused or unexcused absences for the class during second semester.
- Extended medical situations approved by the administration and/or medical emergencies supported by medical documentation will not count towards the excused absences, tardies, or early dismissals.
- Off-site college visits will not count toward the attendance criteria if the visit is pre-approved by administration and is verified upon return with a letter from the college visit
- School-sponsored absences, such as spiritual retreats, administrative-approved field trips, and school-sports early releases will not count toward the attendance criteria.
We did have several students appeal exemption decisions last year since they knew a grade was in progress. This worked out very well – and we were able to approve a few more exemptions as a result. Students may appeal if they do not receive preliminary approval for an exemption- or know in advance that a grade needs a second look (for pending grade change.) We review all appeals and watch those grades closely. Appeals were mostly regarding grade-update issues and a few unique attendance situations. Discipline appeals, however, will not be considered. For the sake of clear, advanced communication to students and teachers, the appeal deadlines are firm and all appeal decisions are final.