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Mid-Term and Final Exam Information
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.
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.
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.