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North Fork School Grades

Graduation/Exiting Requirements

High School

A composite grade point average of 2.0 (C) is required to receive credit from The North Fork School toward a MDHS diploma. For the 2010-2011 school year, offered High School credits are as follows:

Ninth Grade:
two 4.0 credits: Honors British Literature
two 4.0 credits: Honors World History
two 4.0 credits: Honors Algebra I
two 4.0 credits: Honors Geometry

Tenth Grade:
two 4.0 credits: Honors American Literature
two 4.0 credits: Honors American History II
two 4.0 credits: Honors Geometry

Eleventh Grade:
two 5.0 credits: AP Language & Composition
two 5.0 credits: AP US History
two 5.0 credits: Honors Pre Calculus

At the end of each Quarter, all students receive written comments from their teachers. These comments, along with grades to date, are sent home to parents. The MDHS counselor's office receives a report of NFS Semester grades for recording in students' transcripts.

To see our Plan for Evaluating Student Achievement follow this link.

At this time, the graduation standards for each NFS class are simply that everyone completes all required pieces on the class chart before the end of May each year. If you have incomplete work, you will not receive credit for the course.

A

Participation, Attitude and Effort [30%]: An "A" is going beyond what I ask for:

* having reread and marked your text with notes in the margins;
* asking for editing help from parents, alumni, & friends, then using that help to turn in your absolute best work to me;
* offering opinions (and support for them) in discussions, whether they agree with my opinions or not;
* turning in revisions at a steady pace throughout the quarter; NOT leaving all of your revisions until the last two weeks for credit;
* doing edits (email and regular) quickly and early in the quarter, and giving the author as much help as possible;
* participating regularly in discussions, listening to what others say, and responding with thoughtful comments, dissents, or questions.

An A student assumes responsibility for the excellent quality of every piece of work, by taking the initiative to ask me how to make tests/essays/pieces better and using the advice (skills list, Zinsser, Elements of Style) in every piece.

Vocabulary [15%]

90% - 100%
(average)

Timed SAT Essays [15%]

5 - 6
(average)

Daily Revisions [20%]

turning in at least two revisions
every class day

Editing [20%]

* 4: email editings for students in other NFS classes

* 8: peer editings

FINAL FOLDER pieces

2-3 drafts
for each finished piece

B

Participation, Attitude and Effort [30%]: A "B" is making an effort to do your best work:

* trying to appear interested,
* offering opinions from your (marked) text in discussions,
* doing all assignments on time and to the best of your ability;
* editing for others in a timely manner;
* trying to be a good student, but doing only what is asked, and not going beyond to do creative, or thorough, or excellent work in any area.

Vocabulary [15%]

80% - 90%
(average)

Timed SAT Essays [15%]

4 - 5
(average)

Daily Revisions [20%]

turning in at least three revisions
every week

Editing [20%]

* 3: email editings for students in other NFS classes

* 6: peer editings

FINAL FOLDER pieces

3-5 drafts
for each finished piece

C

Participation, Attitude and Effort [30%]: A "C" is doing just what I ask, no more, no less:

* plugging in,
* bringing revisions or doing edits all in the last few weeks of a quarter;
* making only one or two comments in an entire discussion;
* having only read the text in time for class, but not having marked anything, or not knowing why you marked something, or not having read to understand the story -- only reading to have read the words is "C" preparation;
* acting as if you were in class just because you have to be there.

Vocabulary [15%]

70% - 80%
(average)

Timed SAT Essays [15%]

3 - 4
(average)

Daily Revisions [20%]

turning in two revisions
every week

Editing [20%]

* 2: email editings for students in other NFS classes

* 4: peer editings

FINAL FOLDER pieces

5-7 drafts
for each finished piece

D

Participation, Attitude and Effort [30%]: If you want to do "D" work, you should not be in North Fork School classes.

Vocabulary [15%]

60% - 70%
(average)

Timed SAT Essays [15%]

2 - 3
(average)

Daily Revisions [20%]

not bothering to turn in even one revision
every week

Editing [20%]

* 1: email editings for students in other NFS classes

* 3: peer editings

FINAL FOLDER pieces

more than 7 drafts
for each finished piece

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