The academic year consists of two semesters, each divided into two quarters. Most courses are completed in one semester. Quarter grades are calculated as 40% of the final average. The course exam is calculated as 20% of the final average. The minimum passing grade for any course is 65%. To receive academic credit, the yearly average must be 65% or better. The following grade scale is used:
The St. Mary’s High School grade point average (GPA) reflects only those grades earned at St. Mary’s. Grades for high school courses and college courses taken outside of St. Mary’s will not be listed on the transcript and will not be included in the calculation of the St. Mary’s GPA with the exception of grades earned in summer school as makeup for failed courses.
Students entering St. Mary’s High School before or during the freshman or sophomore year will enter the ranking system at St. Mary’s using only those grades earned at St. Mary’s. Students entering after the sophomore year will earn a GPA based on grades earned at St. Mary’s but will not enter the ranking system.
Rank in class is computed at the end of each semester for all grades. Grade points are used to determine class rank. Class rank is cumulative and each year the final number of grade points will be totaled in order to determine the new rank. Please consult the appendix of this handbook for calculation tables used to determine grade point averages and class rank.