Grading System

At the end of each quarter, students are evaluated for both academic and non-academic performance. Three different grades are given: a number grade indicating academic performance in the course, a number from one (highest) to four (lowest) indicating the teacher’s evaluation of the effort the student put into the course during the quarter, and a profile grade which seeks to evaluate students in light of school goals.

The last day of each quarter is set aside as a grading day for teachers and no classes are scheduled that day. The Principal convenes a small group of teachers for profile evaluation in the last week before the end of each quarter. The different aspects of student evaluation are discussed below.

1) COURSE GRADES: Each teacher submits a class grading sheet showing a number grade for each student=s academic achievement in the course. The number grades are changed to letter grades by the computer program used to print report cards according to the following scale.

96-100 = A+
90 – 95 = A
85 – 89 = B+
80 – 84 = B
75 – 79 = C+
70 – 74 = C
65 – 69 = D
Below 65 = F

The academic year is made up of two semesters, in turn divided into two quarters each. Students receive grades at the end of each quarter. The semester grade is based on the quarter grades (80% of the grade, 40% for each quarter) and the semester exam grade (20% of the semester grade). The semester grade is placed on the student=s permanent record and transcripts sent out to schools.

2) EFFORT GRADES: Effort grades are given as an indication of how each student uses his or her natural talents and abilities in each course. The student’s motivation, industry, participation, etc. are taken into consideration in evaluating a student’s effort in each course. It is essential that at the beginning of each semester teachers clearly articulate their expectations for students in regards to what will count in determining the effort grade for that particular class, e.g., attentiveness in class, asking and answering questions, quality of homework, and so forth. These expectations should be repeated during the semester. The following scale is used to show effort grades.

1 – Commendable
2 – Satisfactory
3 – Needs to improve
4 – Definitely unsatisfactory
3) PROFILE GRADES
The profile evaluation seeks to describe the student’s life at Xavier in light of school goals.

RESPONSIBILITY: In and out of class attentiveness, overall fulfillment of assignments in class and in work periods, observation of school rules, response to personal growth.

Scale
1 = commendable
2 = satisfactory
3 = needs to improve
4 = definitely unsatisfactory

CONCERN FOR OTHERS: Help others to study and to work; shares his or her talents with others freely and willingly, including those from other islands and states; is respectful of others in and out of class.

Scale
1 = commendable
2 = satisfactory
3 = needs to improve
4 = definitely unsatisfactory

INTEGRITY: Sense of moral values manifested by actions and language, truthfulness, respect for school property and personal property, sacred times and places, religious obligations and respect for school goals.

Scale
1 = commendable
2 = satisfactory
3 = needs to improve
4 = definitely unsatisfactory

INITIATIVE: In and out of class, volunteers services and helpful ideas; does more than what is required without being asked.

Scale
1 = commendable
2 = satisfactory
3 = needs to improve
4 = definitely unsatisfactory

A committee consisting of the principal, the dean of students, the class moderator, and two or three faculty members who teach the class meet to discuss each student and determine a profile grade. Profile grade sheets are distributed in advance and teachers are asked to take time to consider each student in light of the goals above. Completed profile sheets are brought to the meeting and are used as the basis for discussion. The one chairing the meeting records the comments made by each person about individual students. These comments are then typed up to provide a brief narrative (usually just a few lines) describing the student for that particular quarter noting areas of strength and areas of improvement. This brief narrative is shared with the student by his or her advisor and can be used as a starting point for further discussion.

HONOR ROLL

In order to recognize exemplary student achievement during each quarter, an Honor Roll is compiled listing the names of those students who meet the following criteria.

First Honors: 3.5 or better GPA, no F’s or D’s, no 3’s or 4’s in effort or profile, a 1.4 or better effort average.

Second Honors: 3.0 or better GPA, no F’s or D’s, no 3’ or 4’s in effort of profile, 1.6 or better effort average.

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