All grades will be represented by percentages. Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated on a weighted and unweighted basis. Weighted GPA includes the percentage earned times 1.15 for an AP course and 1.1 for an honors course (as listed below); unweighted GPA includes the percentage earned. There will be a floor of 40% for all subjects for the first, second, and third quarters. This floor would mean that no matter what percentage a student earns, he or she could not receive below a 40% on his/her report card. Students will receive the percentage earned during the fourth quarter, mid-term, and final exam.
To equate percentages to a letter grade, please use the following scale:
• A 90 – 100%
• B 80 – 89%
• C 70 – 79%
• D 60 – 69%
• F 59% and below
AP and Honors Classes
Advanced Placement Classes
The Allegheny Valley School District’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams in high school. Through these courses, students may earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college. Six subject areas are offered at Springdale Jr-Sr High School. AP courses are weighted at the end of the school year at a rate of 1.15 times the percentage earned. Students who do not achieve at least a 70% in an AP class will not receive weighted credit for that class. Please see the SHS Advanced Placement page for additional information. Students enrolled should discuss grading procedures with their counselor.
Springdale Jr-Sr High School offers two honors classes - Honors Trig/Pre-Calc and Honors Chemistry - as determined by student registration. These classes will be weighted at a rate of 1.1 times the percentage earned. Students who do not achieve at least a 70% in an honors class will not receive weighted credit for that class. Students enrolled should discuss grading procedures with their counselor.
A formal evaluation of a student’s performance is provided four times during the school term in report cards. Parents are urged to contact their child’s teacher at other times throughout the year when additional information is desired or when the school should be informed of some unusual circumstance. The school district emphasizes that parent conferences are essential for communicating with parents about student progress. Interim Progress Reports are issued midway through each report period for students. Progress reports are issued for areas of improvement as well as for deficiencies in work. In addition, teachers contact parents throughout the year regarding student progress.