Approach to Final Exams
In an effort to best promote learning and support our students, we will approach final exams differently this semester. While we value these important end of semester assessments, we also believe it is appropriate to offer a modified approach to allow students and parents some choice.
Effective for this fall semester, students will have the option to be exempt from finals in courses where the student has achieved a 90% or higher before the final. Students exceeding this threshold may choose to take the final, but the final exam will be calculated and may raise or lower the final grade. If a student opts out of the final exam, their semester grade will be calculated with an “Excused” in the final exam category, and their grade will be reflective of all work completed as of the close of the semester. This approach will not apply to AP or Dual Credit classes. In these courses, the end of semester exams are critical for student preparation and to maintain compliance with our dual credit college partner. Also, this policy does not exempt students from final projects, labs, papers or presentations that are in lieu of final exams.
The rationale for this decision is based on many factors, but some of the more significant reasons include:
- Providing students flexibility and optionality, given the unique season of in-person and remote learning
- Rewarding students who have applied themselves well throughout the semester
- Creating margin for students who are excelling in some courses to give greater focus to finals in subjects that are more challenging