Student-Parent Handbook Handbook 2017-07-26 - Page 10

for all students to build community by serving others as Jesus did. Letter A B C D F Brother Rice requires each student to complete twenty (20) hours of Christian Service work per school year, three (3) of which will be earned by participation in the all-school service day. Freshman may complete another ten (10) hours through working in-school functions such as the Open House, the Auction, the Brother’s Brunch, the Mother-Son Mass, the Leadership Conference, etc. Five (5) of those in-school hours may be applied from hosting an eighth grader. Those in-school opportunities are not mandated. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors may only complete up to five (5) of the required hours by working in- school functions. Quality Points are used to compute the student's grade point average. Courses designated as Honors or AP will carry an added one-half (0.5) quality point per course. These extra quality points, added to the GPA, constitute a “weighted” GPA. Honor points are not awarded for any grade below a 70%. Grade point averages (GPA) are computed for each quarter and will appear along with the current GPA on each report card. Letter grades earned in courses and the cumulative GPA, based on the semester grades earned during the four years at Brother Rice, are recorded on the student’s transcript. The GPA is computed according to the following formula: GPA = Total Quality Points/Total Ranking Credits For example: Student X has earned the following semester grades: Signed Service Verification forms are due to the student’s Theology teacher. Students who do not complete their service hours by the due date will be suspended from school until the required service hours are completed. Seniors may not participate in graduation ceremonies unless all service hours are completed. 10. Testing Program During the academic school year, Brother Rice administers the following standardized tests: 1. Eighth graders interested in attending Brother Rice High School are given the Scholastic High School Placement Test in November, December, February or May. 2. Freshmen take the PSAT 9 which establishes a baseline for students’ college and career readiness. 3. Sophomores take the PSAT, which is a pre-SAT test. 4. Juniors also take the PSAT, which serves as the National Merit qualifying exam. They are also advised to take the American College Test (ACT) and/or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) in the spring of their junior year. Interest inventories and career assessments are available at a cost in the Guidance Department. 5. Seniors may take the ACT and/or SAT I exams in the spring prior to their senior year or in the fall of senior year. Certain selective colleges require the SAT II Subject Tests. Students should check with the school(s) they hope to attend to determine if SAT II tests are required. Advanced Placement Test, which are taken for possible college credit, are administered in May. Brother Rice is a regional testing center for the ACT and SAT exams in the fall and spring each year. Registration materials are available online at or Academic Grades The following grade scale will be used by all classes at Brother Rice High School: Quality Points 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 Gradebooks will automatically round up for 0.5 and above. For example: 83.6% becomes an 84% but a 79.4% will round down to a 79%. Service hours are to be performed working for parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, charitable organization, etc. Work with certain non-profit organizations, youth sports leagues, public schools, animal agencies, etc. do not qualify. If there is a question, pre-approval can be obtained from the Campus Ministry Office. Work done for family members, neighbors or other individuals, although constituting Christian service, may not be applied toward the service work requirement. Approved work may be completed during the summer prior to a given academic year. Students who work additional hours in an academic year may not apply those hours toward the next year’s requirement. 9. Percent Range 90 – 100 80 – 89 70 – 79 60 – 69 0 – 59 English Math History Science Theology Foreign Language 90% 73% 88% 67% 75% 92% 0.50 credit 0.50 credit 0.50 credit 0.50 credit 0.50 credit 0.50 credit 3.00 credits The Quality Points for each grade are multiplied by the credit for the course: English Math History Science Theology World Language 4.0 x 0.50 2.0 x 0.50 3.0 x 0.50 1.0 x 0.50 2.0 x 0.50 4.0 x 0.50 2.00 1.00 1.50 0.50 1.00 2.00 8.00 Total Quality Points/Total Ranking Credits: 8.00/3.00 = 2.67 GPA 11. Academic Honors and Awards Academic excellence is acknowledged each year at an awards ceremony. Departmental and extra-curricular activity awards are presented to students at this event as well as the students who meet the Honor Roll requirement: a. A Honor Roll: GPA of 3.650 or higher. b. B Honor Roll: GPA of 3.000 to 3.649 For a student to be eligible for the Honor Roll, all grades must be 70% or higher. 12. Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Senior Awards Under ordinary circumstances, the Valedictorian is the graduating senior with the highest weighted cumulative grade point average after the seventh semester of study at Brother Rice and the Salutatorian is the graduating senior with the second highest weighted cumulative grade point average a \H][[Y\\وYK]\][