Grade Point Averages
Serra calculates three different Grade Point Averages, which are used for different purposes:
● Unweighted GPA: This includes all courses taken for a letter grade. This is reported on Report Cards and student transcripts, and used to determine eligibility for athletics, student government, blocks, and work permits.
● Weighted GPA: This includes all courses. An additional grade point is given for any course designated as Honors or Advanced Placement as noted above. This is reported on student transcripts. It is used along with the Unweighted GPA to determine eligibility for student awards such as department awards, scholarships, valedictorian, and by colleges to determine college entrance.
● Academic GPA: This includes all courses except PE, Teaching Assistant, and other non-academic courses. An additional grade point is given for any course designated as Honors or Advanced Placement as noted above. This is used to determine Honor Roll lists.
* AP classes may have a different percentage scale based upon the individual subject which will be communicated to the students in the class syllabus.
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.
Honor Roll, CSF
Students with an Academic grade point average of 3.0 or higher and no grade lower than a “C-“ will be placed on the Honor Roll.
An Academic grade point average of 3.5 or higher and no grade lower than a “B-“ 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, as will multiple violations of the Academic Honor Code.
(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.