Although each teacher may have his/her own way to assigning grades to an assignment, project, exam, or overall trimester grade, it is critical that students understand the manner in which they are graded and track their progression to avoid falling below a 2.0 GPA ("C" average).
How to Calculate GPA
The GPA is an average of all grades received using a point system. Simply add up the points earned for each letter grade to determine the GPA. Any CNUSD student can also find the GPA in ParentConnect (also known as Zangle).
A = 4
B = 3
C = 2
D = 1
F = 0
Difference between "Term GPA" and "CUM GPA"
"Term GPA" is the average GPA points earned for just one grading period, such as a trimester.
"CUM GPA" is the overall average GPA points earned for the entire two years at NIS.
How GPA's Impact Students
- Class Placement - GPAs are used to determine whether a student needs to take certain classes
- Sports - Students must have a 2.0 Term GPA to play the Intermediate Sports Program; Students must have a 2.0 Term GPA during 8th Grade Trimester 3 to participate in High School Sports
- 7th and 8th Grade Activities - Students must have a minimum GPA (varies according to event) to participate
- 8th Grade Promotion - Students must have a CUM GPA of 1.5 to be eligible to attend the Promotion/Graduation Ceremony
How to Check Grades
- Online - Visit ParentConnect (also known as Zangle); get your login and password by visiting the office in person (must show photo ID)
- Weekly Grade Check - Students can pick this form up in the office and have teacher's fill out upon request (this must be done by the student)
Report Cards & Progress Reports
The school-year is broken down into three parts known as "Trimesters." A report card is sent out upon the completion of each trimester and Progress Reports are sent out in the middle of each Trimester to students who may have a "D" or "F" in a given class (Progress Reports are not required for students who have a "C" or better; however some teachers issue them to students with a "C-.")
(Check back in the fall for exact Progress Reports and Report Cards.)