Westmoreland High School

Westmoreland High School Grading Policy

Purpose: To provide information to all stakeholders regarding the school-wide grading policy.

The following policies and practices will reinforce this purpose.

  1. Grading System: The basic grading system for all subject areas in grades 9-12 at Westmoreland High School shall be expressed by numerical grades on progress reports and report cards.


Numerical Range













Formula for final Term grade:

Grade Component

Weighted %

1st Quarter (9 wks)


2nd Quarter (9 wks)


Final Exam


Term Grade


Notes: For honors classes, three (3) points shall be added by the teacher to the final term average before assigning the FINAL (semester) grade. For Advanced Placement (AP) classes, five (5) points shall be added by the teacher to the final term average before assigning the FINAL (semester) grade.

According to the Sumner County Schools Curriculum Guide, “an honors course shall include a minimum of five (5) of the following components:

  1. Research-based writing assignments that address and extend the course curriculum (Required of all honors courses).

  2. Extended reading assignments that connect with the specified curriculum.

  3. Projects that apply course curriculum to relevant or real-world situations. These may include oral presentation, power point presentations, or other modes of sharing findings. Connection of the project to the community is encouraged.

  4. Open-ended investigations in which the student selects the questions and designs the research.

  5. Writing assignments that demonstrate a variety of modes, purposes, and styles.

              A. Examples of mode include narrative, descriptive, persuasive, expository, and expressive.

              B. Examples of purpose include to inform, entertain, and persuade.

              C. Examples of style include formal, informal, literary, analytical, and technical.

       6. Use and integration of appropriate technology into the course of study.

       7. Deeper exploration of the culture values, and history of the discipline.

       8.Extensive opportunities for problem solving experiences through imagination, critical analysis, and application.

       9. Job shadowing experiences with presentations that connect class study to the world of work. (TSBA 3.301)

2. Exemption Policy: The following formula will determine exemptions from the final examinations if the teacher elects to exempt students from their exam.

Full Unit Classes

Half Unit Classes

Average “A”

Average “A”

5 or fewer absences

3 or fewer absences

NO unexcused absences

NO unexcused absences

Exceptions to Exemption Policy:

Combination of 3 tardies/early dismissal = 1 absence

Students who have unserved detentions or received ISS or OSS will not be exempt


3. Graded Items Policy: Summative grades for each nine week grading period will be compiled of multiple categories that may include work from, but are not limited to, classwork, homework, written assignments, teacher selected projects, tests, etc. All grades should reflect the mastery of state standards.

4. Homework Policy: At Westmoreland High School homework assignments will be made at the discretion of the teacher. Both teacher and student should understand that the purpose of the assignment, and the assignments should be within the student’s ability to complete the work unaided. Most classes should require homework on a regular basis. As college requirements continue to be strengthened, it is essential that all college preparatory courses include assignments, which should be more important than extracurricular activities or outside jobs. A parental support system for students should include an established time for study and a commitment that emphasizes study above entertainment or personal convenience.

5. Credit: Each term grade represents a final grade and each term course offering is a separate and complete unit for grading purposes. Credits are accumulated on a term by term basis. Any work failed by the student must be made up by that student’s repeating only the term in which the work was failed.

6. Make-up Policy: Students will be given the opportunity to make up work for all excused and verified absences. Work missed should be made up within number of school days the student was absent from school. Work turned in after the allotted number of school days may have a reduction in grade or a zero. Under extenuating circumstances, the due date for this work may be adjusted at the discretion of the teacher or the principal.

7. Grading Authority: The grading of student work is determined by the teacher who assigns such work. The grade shall not be placed on the work until the teacher is sure of that measurement and shall not be changed unless a student can prove an error or provide information that would give the teacher a reason to consider changing the grade. (SCBOE Policy IHA)

8. Reporting Grades: Grades shall be entered by each teacher into informationNOW on at least a weekly basis so that all stakeholders may have access to the student’s performance in real time.

Grades will be reported officially to parents and students after each 45 days of instruction. The 45 day marking periods will stand alone, and each marking period will be averaged 40% of the final grade. Parents will be given progress reports at the mid-point of each 45 day marking period. Students may discuss grades with teachers throughout the marking period during non-classroom time. Additionally, there will be one day reserved for Parent-Teacher Conferences at the end of each 45 days (9 weeks) in which parents and teachers may discuss their student’s progress.

9. informationNOW Access: Parent Portal access questions may be directed to Mrs. Regina Perry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Shared Vision

Pursuing academic excellence, developing personal motivation, and inspiring continued learning endeavors in preparation for the opportunities of tomorrow.

Mission Statement

Sumner County Schools commits to growing learners who are college and career ready through quality instruction, effective use of resources, building a collaborative culture, and strong leadership.