Grading System

Grading Scale

The Academic Council feels that it is necessary to send the most accurate message about a student’s performance to parents; therefore, the use of minuses will be used even though the grade weighting scale does not weight minuses differently than a solid letter grade.

The grading scale is as follows:

A+ 99-100 B- 85-86 D 72-74
A 95-98 C+ 83-84 D- 70-71
A- 93-94 C 79-82 F 0-69
B+ 91-92 C- 77-78
B 87-90 D+ 75-76

Grade Point Weighting

Grade               Honors Points                          Academic Points                      College Prep Points

A 4.67 4.25 4
B+ 4.0 3.58 3.33
B 3.67 3.25 3.0
C+ 3.0 2.58 2.33
C 2.67 2.25 2.0
D+ 2.0 1.58 1.33
D 1.67 1.25 1.0
F 0 0 0

Grade Point Averages (GPA)

The GPA is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the total number of credits taken to date. Student GPA’s are calculated only on grades earned at Cathedral High School.

Grade Card Reports – Quarterly

Course grades are reported at the end of each of the quarters on a grade card report.  Semester grades are simultaneously reported at the end of the second and fourth quarters.  Only semester grades are shown on transcripts and computed into cumulative Grade Point Averages.

PowerSchool for Parents

Parents can monitor students’ progress throughout the quarter through PowerSchool for Parents.  Progress reports will not be distributed.

Honor Roll

The honor roll is determined at the end of each quarter and semester based on a student’s grades. The GPA required for Honors is 3.2 and High Honors is 3.6.

Academic Probation

Students who have two or more failing grades and/or a GPA of less than 2.0 at the end of each semester will be notified by the Vice-Principal for Academics that they are on Academic Probation. The student will receive a letter as well as attend a parent-administrator-student conference. At that time, the expectations for improvement will be firmly established and clearly delineated in contract form.  Students who do not improve their academic performance may ultimately be required to choose another school.

Although it is understandable that students may experience a temporary decline or lack of success for many reasons, a continued failing trend not only jeopardizes academic progress, but it also puts the student’s attitudes and self- esteem firmly at risk. The Vice-Principal for Academics will collaborate with the parents and student to determine his/her best placement.

Summer School

A student who wishes to attend an accredited summer school must first receive permission from his/her Counselor.  Courses which are specifically required for graduation must first be attempted at Cathedral. A student who fails any subject required for graduation may make the course up in summer school.  No student will be permitted to make up more than two credits in a given subject area outside of Cathedral High School. Students who did not average at least 10 credits in an academic year should attend summer school.  Students who do not attend summer school under these circumstances will not progress toward graduation on time.