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The Academy has made a change to the grading scale that will affect all current GCA students. 

 

Why has Greenbrier Christian Academy changed the existing grading scale?

Because of the growing trend toward standardization of the grading scale across the state of Virginia, most recently in the local community public school systems of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, the School Board of Greenbrier Christian Academy has adopted a ten point grading scale. This change has been made in many school systems for the purpose of ensuring that students are compared equitably and remain competitive in the area of college admissions and scholarship awards.

 

When will the new grading system go into effect?

The new scale will be applied to all grades earned beginning with the 2010-2011 school year.

 

What is the new grading scale?

 

Numeric Range

Letter Grade

Quality Points/ GPA

93.00-100.00

A

4.0

90.00-92.99

A-

3.7

87.00-89.99

B+

3.3

83.00-86.99

B

3.0

80.00-82.99

B-

2.7

77.00-79.99

C+

2.3

73.00-76.99

C

2.0

70.00-72.99

C-

1.7

67.00-69.99

D+

1.3

64.00-66.99

D

1.0

Below 64.00

F

0.0

Withdrawn/Passing

WP

0.0

Withdrawn/Failing

WF

0.0

Incomplete

I

0.0

 

Will the new grading scale be used by all students?

No. The ten point scale will be applicable for students in grades 2-12. Kindergarten and First grade students will continue to be assessed on a developmental scale (O, S, N).

 

Will previous grades earned prior to the 2010-2011 school year be converted to the new grading scale?

No. All grades earned through August 2010 will be calculated into the grade point average based upon the previous seven point scale in place at the time the grade was earned. No retroactive calculation of grade point averages or class rank will be performed. Grade point averages will continue to be calculated by totaling the number of quality points earned and dividing by the number of credits attempted.

 

Will the new grading scale impact advanced placement or honors weighted classes?

The scale will be applicable to the courses, but the weight associated with AP and honors classes will be unchanged.

 

Will the new grading scale impact the graduation requirements?

No. The same credits and courses will be required to fulfill the diploma requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Greenbrier Christian Academy, and its associated accrediting or endorsing agencies (ACSI, SACS and VCPE). Additionally, all candidates for graduation must maintain a cumulative grade point average for all high school credits taken of 2.0 (numeric average of 73 or higher).

 

How will extracurricular eligibility be impacted by the new grading scale?

Extracurricular eligibility will continue to be determined by the student’s performance in the semester immediately preceding the semester of participation. Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) with no more than one failing grade to be able to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities.

 

Will honor roll criteria be impacted by the grading scale change?

The honor role definitions will not change. However, due to the change in the numeric equivalents, students who earn marks of 80 (B-) will still be eligible for honor roll.

 

Does the change in the grading scale impact the approval of preplanned absences for GCA students?

Yes. To gain approval for a preplanned absence, students must have an overall average of “C” for all classes during the current grading period. Therefore, approval will be given for numeric averages of 70 (C-) or higher.

 

How will the historical grades for transfer students be calculated on the GCA transcript?

This will remain unchanged. Transfer grades are written to the GCA transcript based upon the grading scale of the awarding school, in accordance with the scale in place when the student earned the grade, as long as credit was issued by an accredited institution.

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