Grades & Awards

Grades

Report Cards

Students’ grades will be sent to parents/guardians for review at the end of each trimester in a report card. Report cards are issued at the end of each trimester. They are mailed to parents/guardians. Student GPAs are reported at the end of each trimester on the report card. Parents can track student grades (and attendance) throughout the school year by using the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus. To register for an account, contact the district's Student Information department.

Mid-Term/Progress Reports

Mid-term reports are available to view via Parent Portal before conferences each trimester. Teachers may send periodic reports or call parents if a student is receiving a failing or near failing grade in their respective courses. If a student is failing after mid-term, the teacher must notify the parents by mail or phone call.

Calculating Grade Point Average (GPA)

In order to determine GPA, the following conversion scale is used:

  • A = 4.000
  • A- = 3.667
  • B+ = 3.333
  • B = 3.000
  • B- = 2.667
  • C+ = 2.333
  • C  =  2.000
  • C- = 1.667
  • D+ = 1.333
  • D = 1.000
  • D- = 0.667
  • I = 0.000
  • F  = 0.000
  • Pass/No credit = no GPA value

Weighted Grading

Students taking classes in Advanced Placement, Project Lead the Way, College-in-the-Schools Concurrent Enrollment, and University of Minnesota Talented Youth Math Program (UMTYMP) have weighted grades using a 1.2 multiplier. 

Incompletes

Students must fulfill all of the requirements of each course before a grade will be issued. Students who have been ill/absent for an excused reason and are issued an incomplete must make up the incomplete work within the timelines established by the classroom teacher (normally, two weeks after report cards are issued). No credit will be awarded for the course until the incomplete is made up and an alpha grade is issued. The “I” has a mark value of (0). It counts as an attempted credit in determining the student’s GPA.

Course Failures

Course failure defined: The student has not achieved the expected level of competence in the course outcomes, concept development or skill attainment. Further, it is the assessment of the classroom instructor that the student’s continuous academic progress is best served by the student repeating the course. The “F” has a value of (0.00) in the district’s grading system. It counts as an attempted credit in determining the student’s GPA.

Reporting Incompletes and Failures

  1. Teachers will inform students of their individual grading practices (timelines for completion) at the beginning of the trimester regarding making up an Incomplete in order to avoid an “I” becoming a failing grade.
  2. When a failed course is repeated, the higher alpha grade is recorded and the previous failing grade becomes an “N”, no credit.
  3. When a grade change occurs for any reason, the change will appear on the student’s transcript ONLY. The grade change will not appear on the report card.

Pass/No Credit Program

NOTE: Policy updated December 2014

Students may request to take an elective course for Pass/ No credit by filling out the appropriate form.

  1. Only two elective class can be taken under this program per trimester, per year.
  2. Once the decision has been made, the student is to:
    1. Pick up a pass/no credit form in the Counseling and Career Center, obtain parent/guardian signature, and return it to the counselor.
    2. After the counselor has reviewed and approved the request, the teacher will receive a copy of the form.
    3. All grading during the trimester will remain the same; only the final grade will differ.
  3. Students returning from out-of district placements, or with special circumstances, may be granted extended pass/no credit options.

Pass/No Credit facts you should know

  1. After making a decision to be graded “pass/no credit” in an elective course, a student cannot later change his/her mind.
  2. A pass/no credit grade will not be part of the GPA.
  3. A course taken on the pass/no credit program and successfully completed will receive the same one credit toward graduation as offered under the alpha system. 
  4. To receive credit, students must earn a minimum of a “D” grade. A class may not require a grade equivalent above a “D” to earn a “pass” grade. Teachers must notify students who have chosen the “P” grade what criteria will be used to determine the “D” grade, or what is expected in order to pass the class.

Pass/No Credit for Special Education Students

Pass/No Credit for Special Education Students Students whose courses/subjects are modified or adapted by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) shall earn grades consistent with normal grading practices unless the IEP provides for an alternate grading system. The alternate grading system shall provide a “P” for satisfactory progress or a n “N” for no credit toward IEP goals and shall be determined by the student’s special education IEP Team.

Awards

WHS Royal Excellence Program

Woodbury High School’s Royal Excellence program is modeled after the National Renaissance Program. This program provides a framework that allows WHS to positively recognize and reward as many students and professional staff as possible, in much the same way a business community rewards positive performance. Royal Excellence encourages high expectations by providing incentives for those students who achieve higher levels of academic performance, great attendance, and exemplary conduct. The program consists of two recognition formats.

The Academic Letter is earned by students who maintain a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the entire school year is awarded at a formal recognition program which occurs each fall. 

A Student of the Trimester Breakfast is held once per trimester to spotlight students, selected by each teaching department, who have been determined to be the best “all around” student who made a positive contribution to that department. Parent(s) are invited to the breakfast where their students are publicly thanked by their teachers and receive incentive rewards donated by local businesses.

WHS National Honor Society (NHS)

Students are eligible to apply for membership in Woodbury High School’s chapter of the National Honors Society IF they maintain a 3.7 GPA or higher. Membership is by invitation and acceptance into the WHS local chapter is not just a distinction, it is a responsibility. A year’s worth of NHS activity requires time and commitment! Students who sign up for NHS are committed to leadership, devote long hours to volunteer and service work, maintain a high academic standing with a 3.7 GPA or higher, and attend two meetings per month. Woodbury’s NHS Faculty Council reviews all completed applications in early May. New inductees are announced shortly afterwards. The NHS Induction Ceremony takes place in May. Visit the WHS NHS website for more information.

Graduation Recognition

Graduation recognition is based on students’ GPA after Trimester 2 of senior year. Details are located on the Senors-Graduation page.