Mid-Term Exam and Final Exam Information | December 2019
Get Ready to Study!
Exams are an important time of the year for our students to show what they have learned in our rigorous courses. Students should be planning ahead to study for exams in order to properly prepare.
Examinations will take place December 17-20, 2019. The exam dates are full days of school except for Friday, December 20, 2019, where students will be dismissed at 11:45 AM.
Because we are on hybrid block scheduling, students will be taking final exams for their Fall Term courses (courses that meet every day for the Fall Term) and mid-term exams for their Year-Long courses (courses that meet for the entire school year). Some students have both types of classes in their schedule and will be taking both final exams and mid-term exams. Please refer to your student's schedule on StudentVUE/ParentVUE for clarification.
Below is important information about our exams:
- Examinations will be one testing block in length as identified below. If schools are closed due to inclement weather prior to or during examinations, the exam schedule may be modified as necessary. Any changes will be reflected on this Web page.
- There will be no early dismissal on December 17-19, 2019. There is an early dismissal on Friday, December 20, 2019, at 11:45 AM.
- Extra-curricular activities and athletic practices must conclude by 5:00 PM on December 16-19, 2019.
- Students may not leave an exam early. Please do not schedule appointments requiring an early dismissal during exams.
- Exams will be administered according to the exam schedule below. Any request for changes must be in writing from the parent/guardian to the Principal at least two days in advance with the reason for the request. Only emergencies will be considered. Please plan your vacations accordingly.
- Students must arrive to school on time. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late to an exam will not be permitted to take the exam and must reschedule at the teacher's convenience after 2:15 PM on the regular school days or after 11:45 AM on the early dismissal date (Friday, December 20, 2019).
- For the early dismissal date on Friday, December 20, 2019, a morning break has been planned in the schedule to allow students to use the restroom, socialize with friends, and eat a light snack. Light snacks will be available to purchase from our cafeteria. Drinks will also be available for purchase. Lunch will not be served on Friday, December 20, 2019.
- Students who have earned an exemption in a course have the opportunity to take the final exam to improve their final grade without risk. This applies only to final exams and not mid-term exams. All students must take their mid-term exam(s).
- Governor's School students will take their exams at their travel schools according to a schedule established by Governor's School staff and school administration.
After a student is done studying for final exams, the student must return their issued textbook back to their teacher. The exemption status is also based on the return of the student textbook in all classes that are ending.
Spring Term courses will begin on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 (X-Day). There is no school for students on Monday, January 6, 2020. This is a professional day for educators.
Final Exam Exemption Information
Students may be exempt from taking final exams depending on certain criteria. Any student that is exempt may take their final exam to improve their final grade in their course without any penalty.
Students are not exempt from mid-term exams.
Although students can be exempt from taking final exams, attendance is required. There is no final exam exemption form because students are required to be in school during each exam block, regardless of exemption status.
Students who are exempt from a final exam may not leave the building. Students will remain in their exam block's classroom to follow the rest of the day's schedule.
Exemption status is based on continued performance and attendance in all classes and can be revoked based on exam exemption criteria until the day of the actual exam. The exemption status is also based on the return of the student textbook in all classes that are ending.
Students are exempt from final exams when they meet one of the following criteria below*:
- Option 1: The student maintained an "A" (93%) average for the course for the entire year and has not been suspended out of school during the semester.
- Option 2: The student (Grades 9-11) maintained a "B" (83%) average, had two or fewer absences, and was not suspended out of school during the semester.
- Option 3: The student (Grade 12) maintained a "B" (83%) average, had three or fewer absences, and was not suspended out of school during the semester.
- Option 4: The student passed an applicable SOL test during the semester.
*Students enrolled in college-credit courses will be required to take examinations if required for college credit.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Full Day of School
Exam 1—Block 1 Y-Day Mid-Term Exam
7:40 AM-9:40 AM
Exam 2—Block 3 Y-Day Mid-Term Exam
12:15 PM-2:15 PM
Students will attend lunch according to their Block 4Y class using the lunch schedule below. Morning and afternoon travel times are unchanged. Seniors will not leave class early for lunch.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | Full Day of School
Exam 1—Block 1 X-Day Mid-Term Exam and Block 1 Final Exam
7:40 AM-9:40 AM
Exam 2—Block 3 X-Day Mid-Term Exam and Block 3 Final Exam
12:15 PM-2:15 PM
Students will attend lunch according to their Block 4X class using the lunch schedule below. Seniors will not leave class early for lunch.
Thursday, December 19, 2019 | Full Day of School
Exam 1—Block 2 Y-Day Mid-Term Exam and Block 2 Final Exam
8:40 AM-10:40 AM
Exam 2—Block 4 Y-Day Mid-Term Exam and Block 4 Final Exam
12:15 PM-2:15 PM (See Bell Schedule Below for Lunch Times)
Students will attend lunch according to their regular lunch schedule. Morning and afternoon travel times are unchanged. Seniors will not leave class early for lunch.
Friday, December 20, 2019 | Early Dismissal at 11:45 AM
Exam 1—Block 2 Mid-Term Exam
7:40 AM-9:35 AM
Morning Break - 9:35 AM-9:50 AM
Exam 2—Block 4 Mid-Term Exam
10:00 AM-11:45 AM
Travel students should head towards the bus ramp at 9:20 AM and 9:30 AM for the mid-day bus departure at 9:30 AM and 9:40 AM, respectively. The afternoon bus will depart at 11:25 AM. Travel students should head towards the bus ramp at 11:15 AM.
Monday, January 6, 2020 | Professional Day
No School for Students
Use the final grade calculators to create a "What-If" scenario for your final grades. First, complete the top-most grade calculator as this is what a traditional school year looks like. Next, complete the subsequent grade calculator based on your course where you may be exempt from taking a final exam. You will then be able to make a comparison of how much your grade will increase by with choosing to take the final exam. Enter your grades only in the yellow boxes below, entering the correct grade as it corresponds with the correct grade bucket above it and what is displayed in StudentVUE.
If your Semester 1 grade is less than a 50.0%, change the Quarter 1, Quarter 2, and Mid-Term Exam grade to 50.0% so that your Semester 1 grade averages to be 50.0%, per the Stafford County Public Schools Semester 1 Grade Policy. All students will receive a minimum of 50.0% for Semester 1. This is manually done by your teacher. If you do not have at least a 50% at Semester 1, please notify your teacher.
If a grade bucket is unknown or has not happened yet, enter "100" or a "What-If" score. Please note that this final grade calculator should only be used as a reference only.
For your actual final grade in a course, please reference your StudentVUE account.