Sac High: Academics

Overview

Academics

Grading Policy

Sacramento Charter High School is a school of excellence and high expectations.  SHPS expects that all SCHS scholars will graduate from high school having completed an A-G college-preparatory curriculum necessary for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems.  Recognizing that UC/CSU systems accept credit for courses where scholars earn a 70% or better, we require students to earn at least 70% in order to get credit for a course.

Only a scholar’s term grades shall become a part of his or her permanent record.  Point values are assigned to each letter grade; these point values are used in the determination of the grade point average (GPA). 

Grades and Grade Point Value:  Grades shall be awarded as follows and shall have the following point value:

Letter Grade

Percentage

Point Value for GPA Calculation

A

94 – 100%

4.0

A-

90 – 93%

3.7

B+

87 – 89%

3.3

B

84 – 86%

3.0

B-

80 – 83%

2.7

C+

77 – 79%

2.3

C

70 – 76%

2.0

NCR (No Credit Received)

0 – 69%

0.0

Credit / No Credit Courses:  The advisory class is mandatory for all scholars and is graded based on full credit or no credit.  A scholar must receive a “CR” (Credit) grade in advisory to accumulate credits towards graduation.  An “NCR” (No Credit) grade in advisory class will result in the student earning 0 credits towards graduation for that class and being required to retake that class until the student receives a passing grade. There are no Pass/Fail courses at Sacramento High School.

Weighting of Grades:  Grades for scholars enrolled in Advanced Placement (“AP”) classes are weighted to reflect the greater challenges involved in these courses. In an AP class, 1.0 is added to the point value of the letter grade received (e.g., a “B” in an AP class has a point value of 4.0 rather than a 3.0). PLEASE NOTE:  Most colleges and universities recalculate GPAs and many do not weight grades for the purposes of GPAs. However, these schools may weigh the value of the more challenging AP and Honors course work when determining the rigor of a scholar’s course of study when considering their application for admission.

Academic Recognition: Sacramento Charter High School believes in rewarding those who completely meet and exceed our expectations.  These acknowledgements are made on an informal basis daily and weekly for both academic achievement and for upholding the school’s values. Formal acknowledgements are made at the end of each quarter with the following honor roll announcements and awards:

Summa Cum Laude: GPA of 3.80 or higher

Magna Cum Laude:  GPA of 3.40 to 3.79

Cum Laude: GPA of 3.00 to 3.39

AP/Honors Course Offerings 

English:

9th English Honors

10th English Honors

11th Grade English Lit and Comp,

12th Grade English Lit and Com

Math:

Geometry w/ Trigonometry (Honors Track)

Alg II w/ Geometry (Honors Track)

Calculus A/B AP

Science:

10th & 11th Honors Chemistry

12th Biology AP

History:

10th World History AP, 10th World History Honors;

11th United States History AP, 11th United States History Honors

12th Economic/Government AP