Grading System | Honors | Computing Final Grades | Make-Up Work | Progress Reports | Counseling Services | Bergen County Satellite Center | Withdrawal From School | Schedule Changes | College Board Examinations | Working Papers | Scholarship Application | High School Graduation Requirements | Driver Education
In order to ensure consistency in grading, all teachers will use the following system of marking:
I = Incomplete, two (2) weeks to make up work after the close of the marking period.
S = Satisfactory W = Withdrawn X = Excused
P = Pass F = Fail
Grade Range Academic/CP Honors AP
A 94-100 4.0 4.6 5
A- 90-93 3.7 4.3 4.7
B+ 87-89 3.3 3.9 4.3
B 83-86 3.0 3.6 4
B- 80-82 2.7 3.3 3.7
C+ 77-79 2.3 2.5 2.7
C 73-76 2.0 2.0 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7 1.7 1.7
D 65-69 1.0 1.0 1.0
F 64 or Below 0 0 0
Honors are earned consistent with the following criteria:
High Honors All A’s
Honors Minimum of four A’s and no C’s
Second Honors All B’s or better (no C’s)
In addition to the letter grade indicating a student’s performance in the subject matter, there is provision for a student grade in attitude and responsibility. This will be indicated by using the numerical key found on the report card.
A student’s final grade is computed based upon the average of four marking period grades and a comprehensive final assessment. The final assessment is an average of the mid-term exam, a performance assessment and the final exam.
The final course grades shall be the average of the four marking period grades and final examination. A student who receives an “F” for the third and fourth marking periods and is graded “F” for the 5th marking period may be given an “F” as the final course grade regardless of the grade earned for the first two marking periods.
In order to pass a course, a student must pass two of the five grades. A student having only two of five passing grades must have one of the passing grades in the fourth marking period and the two (2) grades must average a minimum of 0.8.
In addition, if a student has three passing grades and has completed little or no work during the fourth quarter, the teacher may consult with the subject supervisor and Principal prior to determining the final grade. Upon a review of the circumstances; an “F” may be given in the fourth quarter, as well as the final grade with zero course credit.
In all cases, a student’s average must equal at least 0.8 in order to receive a passing grade.
The responsibility for make-up work rests with the student, but the teacher will make a sincere effort to help the student become aware of what assignments were missed and when they are due. A rule of thumb is that the student will have one day for each day absent to make up
work. This time should not exceed five (5) days. Make-up tests may NOT be administered during class time. The student must meet with the teacher after school with any questions regarding missed work. An incomplete grade for the quarter must be made up within two (2) weeks of the close of the marking period or will become an “F”. All final grades of incomplete must be resolved within 2 weeks following the close of the school year. Students who, with valid documented reason, missed their final exam should take the exam within two weeks of the close of school.
Progress reports for all students are encouraged. Progress reports may be issued at the midpoint of each marking period. Those who are failing, in danger of failing, or who have demonstrated a decline in learning must receive a progress report. Should a student’s academic achievement decline to the point where he/she is failing or in danger of failing at a time beyond the regularly scheduled mailing of progress reports, the teacher must issue a supplemental progress report.
A student is invited to discuss any problem with his/her counselor, whether it concerns scheduling, educational, or vocational plans or personal matters. It is wise to make an appointment in advance at the counseling office.
This program provides one-half day of vocational and technical industrial/commercial arts career training, which is coordinated with the
student‘s high school schedule. All academic classes and co-curricular activities are taken at Fair Lawn High School. Any student who has completed grade nine may apply through the counseling office for admission. Reciprocity regarding discipline exists between the two schools. If a student is suspended from either school, the student is suspended from both schools for the time indicated.
A parent’s written permission must accompany a request to withdraw. The procedure including an exit conference with Administration is accomplished through the counseling office on the day the withdrawal is affected. A transfer card or transcript will be issued only after a student has met all obligations.
No schedule changing will be made for the 11-12 school year after May 27, 2011.
These examinations are administered in October, November, December, January, April, May and June. Registration materials may be obtained in the counseling office or online. Juniors may take the April, May or June examination: seniors should check the college catalogues for the SAT deadline required by a prospective school. Some colleges require the SAT II; check with your counselor. The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is given each fall to juniors who plan to take the regular examinations in the spring.
All students 14 to 18 must have working papers with a new certificate for every change of job. Working Papers are available in the guidance office. The student must have the “promise of employment” section filled out by the employer and the medical section completed by the municipal or family doctor. The school record form and a copy of the student’s birth certificate must be returned to the guidance office secretary. Working papers are issued after 2:35 p.m. daily.
A student interested in a scholarship must fill out the appropriate form in the guidance office in order to apply for and be eligible for available scholarships. Some scholarships require the school application plus a specialized application particular to the scholarship offered. See your guidance counselor for further details.
(Board Policy #5460 Revised January, 2007)
The Fair Lawn Board of Education consistently makes every effort to ensure that students who are graduated from Fair Lawn High School have the knowledge and skills necessary to be responsible and productive citizens and to enjoy personal fulfillment. To achieve this goal, the Board has established these minimum requirements for graduation and has provided alternative and remediation programs to assist students in attaining the required proficiencies and levels of academic credit.
The Fair Lawn Board of Education believes it is crucial to the attainment of this goal that students share in the responsibility for their own education. Toward that end, the Board will annually provide copies of this policy to incoming ninth grade students (or otherwise entering students) and their parents/guardians so they may be aware of and plan to meet the requirements for graduation from Fair Lawn High School.
The Chief School Administrator or designee shall put into effect the procedures necessary to assess each student upon entry into the high school. Transfer students must meet all of the graduation requirements set forth in this policy. It should be noted that high school courses taken prior to ninth grade will not count as high school credits earned towards graduation.
The graduation requirements encompass three areas:
A. Proficiency Skills as measured on the HSPA
B. Satisfaction of High School Graduation Credit Requirements
C. Satisfaction of High School Attendance Requirements
A. PROFICIENCY SKILLS
1. A student must successfully pass the New Jersey High School
Proficiency Assessment in all content areas required by the state.
2. Prior to taking the HSPA, those students deemed “at risk” of failing the HSPA will be mandated to enroll in a remedial course.
3. Students who do not pass the test are considered deficient in the skill area and must attend remediation in accordance with an Individual Student Improvement Plan in the area/areas of deficiency, i.e., reading, writing, and/or mathematics.
4. The student may take the High School Proficiency Assessment in the 11th year and each time it is offered after that.
5. The student who still has not shown minimum competency in the skills following the initial 12th year assessment must be given a comprehensive assessment of his/her skills proficiencies as part of the Special Review Assessment process.
6. Students who do not meet the minimum level proficiency by passing the High School Proficiency Assessment or through the Special Review Assessment process will not be graduated.
B. SATISFACTION OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In order to be graduated from Fair Lawn High School, a student must successfully earn a minimum of 120 credits designed to meet all of the Core Curriculum Content standards including, but not limited to the following credits:
1. At least twenty (20) credits in Language Arts Literacy taken as English 9, 10, 11, and 12
2. At least fifteen (15) credits in Mathematics
3. At least fifteen (15) credits in Science
4. At least fifteen (15) credits in Social Studies including five (5) credits of World History and five (5) credits each of U.S. History 1 and U.S. History II
5 At least five (5) credits in Health, Safety and Physical
Education during each year of enrollment (except for
those extended credit courses where students will be
expected to meet a 4 credit requirement)
6. At least five (5) credits in Visual and Performing Arts
7. At least five (5) credits in World Languages
8. At least five (5) credits in Career Education and Consumer, Family and Life Skills or Vocational Technology Education
9. Technological literacy consistent with the Core
Curriculum Content standards integrated throughout the
10. Additional credits beyond the prescribed
courses through miscellaneous elective courses
In addition, the class of 2014 must successfully earn 2.5 credits in Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy.
The yearly program of courses for each student in the high school must be approved and signed by the parent/guardians, except in the case of 18 year old students.
Any student who exceeds fourteen (14) absences in a full year course or seven (7) in a semester course may be denied credit in that course. Required courses must be repeated. An attendance Review Committee will be established annually to review cases where students have exceeded fourteen (14) days absence. Upon Attendance Committee review, the attendance policy may be waived because of appropriate medical/legal documentation or
pre-approved religious absences.
A student who is denied credit for any reason by the Attendance Committee may appeal in writing to the Principal. The forms may be obtained from your Grade Level Administrator. The Principal may place the student on a probation contract. A student is allowed only one appeal at the Principal’s level during his/her high school career. A student whose appeal is not granted at the Principal’s level may appeal to the Superintendent. Only one appeal at the Superintendent’s level is permitted during a student’s high school career. Credit denial because of class/truancies cuts cannot be appealed on any level. A student, parent, or guardian not satisfied at any appeal level, may request a full hearing by the Board of Education. After such hearing, the Board shall vote whether or not to sustain the lower level decision and shall thereafter notify the party appealing of its decision.
While Driver Education is not a requirement for graduation, Fair Lawn High School is concerned about ensuring all our students become safe drivers.
The Fair Lawn Community School is charged with the responsibility of providing a driver education program. For the school year 2011-2012, the cost to high school students for this program is $285.00, payable to the Fair Lawn Community School and $10.00 for the New Jersey State permit. Students should check with their physical education teachers or contact the Fair Lawn Community School at (201)794-5450 ext. 2367 for detailed information.