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First Semester Report Cards 2019-20

January 3, 2020 Upper School News

Dear Middle School & High School Families,

Happy New Year!  I hope you are having a wonderful break and have enjoyed time with your family and friends.

Please read through this email before viewing your child’s report card and refer to it later as it may answer some of your questions.

Semester 1 report cards are ready.  You will receive an email shortly with a link to your child’s report card, and you may also view the report card online through RenWeb.  If you need to keep a copy of the report card for insurance, driver’s license application, or any other reason, please print the report card and keep it for your records.

A couple of notes about report cards:

  • Students in grade 8 taking Algebra 1 or English Fundamentals:  each student has received 1/2 credit for these high school-credit classes and grade points are awarded based on the semester 1 grade.  The semester 1 grade is made up of grades from quarter 1 (45%), quarter 2 (45%) and the semester exam (10%).
  • Students in grades 9 -12:  each student has received ½ credit for each class completed this semester and grade points are awarded based on the semester 1 grade.  The semester 1 grade is made up of grades from quarter 1 (45%), quarter 2 (45%) and the semester exam (10%).  AP course calculation is as follows: quarter 1 (40%), quarter 2 (40%), semester exam (20%).
  • “I” stands for an incomplete grade.
  • The abbreviation “FSE” stands for First Semester Exam (only high school credit classes take exams).
  • The abbreviation “FSA” stands for First Semester Average.
  • The cumulative GPA reported on report cards has updated to include Semester 1 grades and credit.   Please note that this GPA is cumulative for all high school credit earned, not each semester in isolation.
  • Dual Credit courses do not appear on report cards but have been added to student transcripts and are included in the cumulative GPA.

Academic Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities

Eligibility for spring sports and activities is determined by report card grades from the second quarter.  Students must pass (60% average or better) six courses each quarter AND maintain a 2.0 quarter GPA (70 average for students in Grades 6-8) to participate in athletics and/or co-curricular activities (sports, fine arts, and clubs).  Students who have a 2.0 GPA but have a failing grade in individual subjects will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the athletic director and the principal.

Ben Lippen School is a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) and must comply with their academic standards for athletics. Per SCISA rules, students in grades 9-12 must take and pass at least four (4) core courses or five (5) of any courses each grading period or semester to be eligible. After each grading period, any student who falls below this standard will become automatically ineligible and will not be able to participate in any team activities (practice, travel, and games) for the remainder of the quarter.

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation if they fail two or more courses in one quarter OR if their quarter GPA falls below 2.0 (70 average for students in Grades 6-8). Students on academic probation are required to have an initial meeting with a guidance counselor, who will establish an accountability plan that must be implemented by the student and his/her family at home to ensure academic improvement. Students will be required to attend weekly meetings.

Failing Grades for Semester 1

Students who earn a failing grade of 55-59% during the first semester of a yearlong course may “redeem” that half-credit by earning a grade of 70% or higher during the second semester of the same course with the same teacher. The failing grade will be replaced with a 60%.

Students who earn below a 55 in any class will be required to re-take the class or complete credit recovery.  Please contact Mrs. Harmon to arrange one of these options.

Honor Roll

A Quarter 2 Honor Roll list will be compiled for the Upper School consisting of all students in Grades 6-8 who have achieved an A (90% or greater) in all their core courses, and all students in Grades 9-12 who have achieved an A (90% or greater) in all their academic subjects.

A Semester 1 Principal’s List will be compiled for the Upper School consisting of all students in Grades 6-8 who have achieved a cumulative semester average of 97 or greater in core classes, and all students in Grades 9-12 who have achieved a 4.7 GPA or greater for the semester.

If you have a question or concern about one of your child’s grades, please contact the teacher.  If I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Amanda Harmon
Academic Counselor