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Upper School Policies and Information

CALCULATION OF GPA/HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

A cumulative GPA is calculated annually on the basis of grades earned in classes completed at Mount Pisgah during a student’s Upper School career. AP courses are given a 6-point weight and Honors courses are given a 3-point weight on the transcript. 

The GPA qualification for the HOPE Scholarship is a 3.0 as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. 

CLASS RANK

Class rankings are calculated to determine Valedictorian and Salutatorian awards only. Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be awarded only to students who have attended Mount Pisgah for a minimum of the three full years prior to graduation. Calculation of rank is based upon all eligible Upper School credits earned at Mount Pisgah. The numeric grade point average (1-100) is calculated to 2 decimal points. Grades earned in the second semester of the senior year are not included in this calculation.

CLASS SCHEDULE CHANGES

In the Upper School every effort is made to place students in courses that are appropriate. In some circumstances, a student may not be properly placed and will need to change his/her academic schedule. Juniors and seniors who wish to drop or add a course must consult with their Guidance Counselor. A class change may not occur, without penalty, any later than the 3rd full academic day of the semester.

GRADES AND THE ISSUANCE OF CREDIT

Mount Pisgah Christian School operates on the semester system. The regular academic year is divided into two (2) semesters of approximately equal length. Student progress reports are issued on a quarterly basis and recorded for credit determination on a semester basis. Course credit is based on the semester numeric grade average.

To receive a passing grade and earn a credit in a year-long class a student must earn a two semester average of 70 or above and have a passing average for second semester. For all Upper School students, if a student fails second semester, but passes first semester, that student will need to make up second semester in an accredited summer school. 

Grade Reporting Policy for Honors and AP courses: At the end of first semester, 3 points will be added to student’s grades in Honors classes and 6 points will be added to student’s grades in AP classes. These points will not be reflected on their report cards. These points will be added into their grades through the registrar’s office when placed on their final transcript. Students falling below 83 in Honors and AP classes after their points are added in, may not be eligible for Honors or AP classes the following year. The registrar will determine who these students are and will send a list to the respective teacher and Division Head.

GRADING SCALE

A  = 90 – 100 Excellent Progress

B  = 80 – 89 Above Average Progress

C  = 70 – 79 Satisfactory Progress

F  = 69 - below Failing

The individual teacher grading criteria are published in individual course syllabi at the beginning of the course.

Numeric grades will be used. The final grade will be based on a number of different methods of assessments.

HONOR CODE

Students will not lie, cheat, steal, or copy the work of others or tolerate those who do.

Mount Pisgah Middle and Upper Schools strive to provide an atmosphere in which students develop intellectually, socially and spiritually. In an effort to create this atmosphere, values are taught, learned and practiced every day. Students are expected to behave with honor at all times. We encourage and foster honorable behavior by making clear that there will be no lying, stealing, cheating, plagiarizing or condoning the behavior of those who do.

  • Lying is the intentional falsification or denial of fact, the intentional creating of a false impression or the breaking of a pledge.
     
  • Stealing is the taking of anything without the consent of the owner.
     
  • Cheating is giving, receiving or attempting to give or receive unauthorized help that could result in an unfair advantage in completing schoolwork. It is also the representation of another’s work as one’s own.
     
  • Plagiarism is defined as either intentionally or unintentionally borrowing someone else’s words, ideas or facts or passing them off as one’s own. In either case, failure to credit the source of those words, ideas or facts properly constitutes an act of plagiarism.

It is the responsibility of each and every student to report an infraction of the Honor Code to a teacher, an Administrator, or the Division Head.

On all quizzes, tests and projects, students will be required to write the following Honor Pledge at the top of their paper: On my Honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized help on this assignment.  By writing and/or signing this pledge, students give their word that the work is their own product.

Projects and assignments completed outside the classroom fall under this policy. On some occasions, students will collaborate (work in pairs or in groups) on cooperative learning projects. Projects requiring collaborative efforts will be clearly announced as such by the teacher. 

REPERCUSSIONS FOR VIOLATION OF THE HONOR CODE

Honor offenses are treated differently from normal disciplinary offenses. They will be brought immediately to the attention of the Division Head and Dean of Students for proper evaluation and determination of disciplinary action. The Division Head has the final authority in deciding what constitutes appropriate disciplinary action. 

UPPER SCHOOL HONOR COUNCIL 

In an effort to instill a sense of student investment in the concept of the Honor Code, the Upper School has incorporated an Honor Council composed of students and faculty. This body is not a court, but rather it is an advisory board that considers violations of the Honor Code and makes recommendations to the Head of the Upper School. 

HONOR ROLL

Honor Roll with Great Distinction Requirements:

All A’s in all core subjects with no C’s or failures in ANY subject for both semesters in the school year. This award is given at the end of the school year. The GPA points for Honors and AP courses are included in this calculation.

Honor Roll with Distinction Requirements:

A 90 or above in ALL core subjects with no C’s or failures in ANY subject for one semester in the school year. This award is given at the end of each semester. The GPA points for Honors and AP courses are included in this calculation.

Honor Roll Requirements:

An average of 90 or above in all core subjects with no C’s or failures in ANY subject. This award is given at the end of each semester. The GPA points for Honors and AP courses are included in this calculation.

PROMOTION TO NEXT GRADE

Students who fail two or more subjects for the year may need to attend another institution the following school year. This determination will be made by the division head.

SEMESTER EXAM RETAKE POLICY

Upper School students, who have a failure the Spring Semester as the result of a final exam, may be eligible for a re-exam if all of the following conditions are met: 

  • The student must have had a pre-exam passing grade.
     
  • The student must take the re-exam at a specified date and time.
     
  • In a yearlong course, the student must have had a passing average for the Fall Semester.
     
  • The maximum passing grade that will be reported on the report card and transcript, with a re-exam, will be a 70. 
     
  • No re-exams will be available for the Fall Semester.

SENIOR EXEMPTION POLICY

  • Exemptions from exams are for 2nd semester seniors enrolled in year-long courses or fall semester only courses.

Seniors may exempt if they meet the following criteria:

  • No more than six absences in the class for the semester (excludes school-related activities such as college visits, athletic events and field trips)
     
  • No more than five times tardy to that class for the semester.
     
  • An average of 90 or above (without Honors or AP points added)
     
  • If all of the criteria are met, there is no limit on the number of exams that can be exempted.

SUMMER SCHOOL AND ONLINE CREDIT

All credits not taken at Mount Pisgah Christian School must be pre-approved through the guidance office prior to beginning the course. Students may not take summer school for forward credit. 

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