Fayette Academy’s Upper School curriculum not only prepares students for success in their post-secondary education, but provides students with important skills to become a success, productive member of society. The Upper School curriculum offers regular, honors, dual enrollment, and Advanced Placement courses. All courses, despite course level, demand consistent work ethic and study habits to be successful. The school day is comprised of seven academic periods, and students are required to take a minimum of six academic classes each year.
Honors and Advanced Placement classes require a higher order of thinking and analyzing skills and move at a more rapid pace than non-honors classes. Teacher recommendations, standardized test scores, and class averages are considered in the decision of whether a child should take honors and AP courses.
Upper School Grading
To learn more about the grading scale, unweighted, and weighted grade point average, click here.
AP, Dual, and Honors Courses
Placement in all AP, Dual Enrollment, and Honors courses is determined by grades, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendation. AP, Dual, and Honors courses are weighted for class ranking. Fayette Academy offers 6 Advanced Placement courses, 2 Dual Enrollment courses, and 11 Honors courses.
Fayette Academy’s College Profile explains the coursework, grading scale, and graduation requirements at the Academy. The profile also provides a summary of the class scores, including GPA, ACT, and AP exams. Honor graduate requirements are listed as well as a glimpse of colleges that Fayette Academy graduates have been accepted to and then attended. Download the profile in pdf format here.
Class rank is determined after the 7th semester using cumulative weighted grade point averages. Valedictorian and Salutatorian candidates must have met all honor graduate requirements and must have attended Fayette Academy for three years.
In the case of a tie for Valedictorian and Salutatorian ranks only, the student’s 7th semester grade-point-average will be divided by 24.5 credits to determine rankings. Each student has the opportunity to earn 3.5 credits per semester, making 24.5 credits the number of credits students have had the opportunity to earn by the 7th semester of their high school career. This contingency is in place for determining Valedictorian and Salutatorian rankings only, and will not have any affect only the student’s grade-point-average as depicted on the transcript.
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.