*Serra calculates both a weighted and unweighted Grade Point Average. Both GPAs are reported on official and unofficial transcripts. Grades earned in Honors and Advanced Placement courses receive grade points in accordance with the Weighted Grade Point scale in the column to the right.
All grade discrepancies must be cleared by the individual teacher, and any grade change must be made in writing and signed by the teacher. Grade changes should be made immediately after semester report cards are received, and, unless there is a request, all grades become final six weeks after the last day of the semester.
Final Examination Policy
Final examinations are an integral part of a student's college preparatory learning experience and of the semester grade. As such, approximately 20% of the student's semester grade will be determined by the final exam. Days set aside for final examinations will be published before the start of the school year, and students are expected to be present when examinations are administered. No provisions will be made for students to take final examinations at an earlier or later date.
A student who misses a final examination for any reason, other than a verified illness or emergency, will not be allowed to make up the examination. The teacher has the option of either giving a zero for the examination when determining the semester grade, or of giving the student one full grade lower than his grade going into the final.
If a student will miss a final examination because of a verified illness or emergency, the parents must notify the Dean of Studies who will, in turn, notify the teacher. The teacher will have the option of either giving the student an incomplete grade until the examination is made up, or giving a semester mark based on the student's grade going into the final examination.
Cheating on a final examination is considered a serious breach of the Academic Honor Code, and will be dealt with by the Dean of Students. Normally a student who cheats on a final examination will receive an F and no credit for the course.
Students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in their academic classes will be on the Honor Roll. A grade point average of 3.5 or higher in academic classes is considered especially meritorious. Such students will be on the Principal's Honor Roll and receive special recognition and honor. A grade of "D" or "F" will disqualify a student from any honors list. (Please note that P.E., Drivers Education, Teaching Assistant, and other similar courses are non-academic. Grades earned in these courses are not averaged into the Academic Grade Point Average used for the Honor Roll.) Eligible students should join the California Scholarship Federation. After four semesters of membership, a student becomes a C.S.F. Life Member and this honor is posted on all transcripts of grades issued to him.