Quarterly checklists for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten evaluate each student in the following grading key:
N: Needs Improvement
First through fifth grade students receive quarterly report cards with numerical averages.
Letter Grades/Numerical Equivalent
Evaluation of Upper and Middle School student academic performance is expressed by means of letter and number grades. The grading scale is listed below. Quarterly, semester, and yearly honors rolls for Semester honor rolls for Middle School are Upper School are posted.
Weighting for Upper School
Numerically, Honors courses are given an additional weight of five percent (5%), Dual Enrollment courses are given an additional weight of seven and a half percent (7.5%), and Advanced Placement courses are given an additional weight of ten percent (10%). Points are awarded at the conclusion of each semester.
Grade Point Average (GPA) for Upper School
A student’s GPA is determined by translating the numerical grades that are assigned at the end of each semester to grade points according to the chart below and then computing the average of those grade points. Fayette Academy calculates both an unweighted and weighted grade point average for each student.
To calculate unweighted GPA, each Upper School student’s grades are converted to a four-point, cumulative grade scale. To calculate weighted GPA, each Upper School student’s grades are converted to a four-point-five, cumulative grade scale. Honors courses are given an extra weight of .5, Dual Enrollment courses are given an extra weight of 1.0, and AP courses are given an extra weight of 1.5 on the four-point-five scale. All courses taken at Fayette Academy, excluding Teaching Assistants and Study Hall, are used to calculate GPA. The GPA does not include middle school advanced courses (though they will appear on the transcript). The conversion for the four-point-five scale is depicted below.
Students would be prudent to note that the effect of any single semester average on the GPA is strongest in the first year and weakest in the final year; therefore, students should focus on earning the highest possible grades from the moment they join the Upper School.