Upper School

Graduation Requirements

Total 23.5 credits
English 4 credits
Math 4 credits
Science 3 credits
Foreign Language 2 credits
Fine Art 1 credit
Computer .5 credit
World History 1 credit
American Government 1 credit
US History 1 credit
Personal Finance .5 credit
Economics .5 credit
Lifetime Wellness 1 credit
Electives 4 credits

 

Upper School Academic Catalog 2017-2018

Grade Point Average (GPA)

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 uses a 4.5 scale with weighted grade point averages for Honors (+0.5), Dual Enrollment (+1.0), and Advanced Placement (+1.5) courses. No weight is applied to failing grades. The GPA does not include middle school advanced courses (though they will appear on the transcript).

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.

 

GPA Scale

 

Class Rank

Class rank is determined after the 7th semester using cumulative weighted grade point averages. Valedictorian and Salutatorian candidates must have attended Fayette Academy for three years.

 

Honor Graduates

Class of 2018: Students wanting to be honor graduates or compete for the Valedictorian or Salutatorian awards are required to have earned at least four honors, dual enrollment, or advanced placement credits in their high school careers. Students must also earn a cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.85 for Summa Cum Laude, 3.50 for Magna Cum Laude, and 3.25 for Cum Laude.

Beginning with Class of 2019: Students wanting to be honor graduates or compete for the Valedictorian or Salutatorian awards are required to have earned at least two credits in college level courses (i.e., dual enrollment and advanced placement) and five honors credits during their high school careers. Students must also earn a cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.85 for Summa Cum Laude, 3.50 for Magna Cum Laude, and 3.25 for Cum Laude.

 

Important Testing Dates

ASPIRE: November 7-8 (Grades 8 & 9) The ASPIRE assesses student readiness in English, math, reading, science, and writing. The test maps student progress in the context of college and career readiness.
PSAT/NMSQT: October 11 (Grades 10 & 11) The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, PSAT/NMSQT, is offered in October each year. The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. The PSAT/NMSQT also gives the students an estimation of potential SAT scores and indicates AP course readiness.
ACT/SAT All high school students are required to take the ACT or SAT for high school graduation eligibility. The ACT and SAT are college admissions tests which are required by most colleges and universities. Students should determine which standardized test s required by the college of their choice. Students may take the test as many times as they choose. Students can register for these tests online. The Fayette Academy CEEB code is 432-143.
AP Exams All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to pay the examination fee to take the AP exam administered at the end of the year. Students receiving a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the exam may receive college credit at the discretion of the postsecondary institution.