High School Credit Options for 8th Grade Academy Students

Dear 8th Grade Academy students and families!

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Middle school students in high school classes get high school credit.  But parents must make a choice if it will count in students’ GPA (Grade Point Average). Indicate your choice for each first semester class by filling out the survey (link below) by February 11, 2022.   Indicate your choice for each first semester class by filling out this survey by February 11, 2022.


You will need your child’s 6-digit ID number and know which classes your child took at Academy in semester 1.  This information can be found on Infinite Campus.


Credit Bearing Courses:

Every middle school student taking courses as part of the 8th Grade Academy program will earn high school credit for all of the high school academic classes they take at Academy.

Parents and guardians have two choices as to how the grades will appear on the high school transcript: Pass (NOT calculated in high school grade point average (GPA)) or the regular letter grade (calculated in high school GPA).  Failing grades are automatically assigned NP (not pass) and do not count in the high school GPA.

The 8th Grade Academy classes that earn high school credit are:

English Mathematics Science Soc. Studies
Acc. Lang & Lit I S1 Academy Algebra I Conceptual Physics S1 Accelerated Early US History
Academy Geometry Environmental Science S1
Academy Algebra II

Non-passing grades:

If a student did not provide enough evidence of their skills and knowledge to pass the class by the end of the semester, we will record an NP (no pass) on the transcript automatically.  The NP grade does not count towards the student’s GPA.  Second semester is a fresh start.

Video explanation of options:

When the State Law changed and required high school classes taken in middle school to appear on transcripts, we made a webinar explaining the change and the choice each student will have to make each semester for each class.


Making your Choices:

Look in Infinite Campus for your child’s fall semester classes and grades to help you decide which option to take.  Usually, A or B grades are counted towards the GPA (regular letter grade), C or D grades are listed as P (not in GPA), and any non-passing grade are listed as NP (not in GPA).

You do not have to make the same choice for all classes– you can choose Pass for one class and the traditional letter grade for others. Non-passing grades are automatically added to the transcript and will not count towards the GPA.

If you do not complete the survey to indicate your choice by February 11, Central Academy will automatically add any grade of A(H), A, B, or C to the high school transcript as part of your child’s high school GPA and any grade of D or lower will be added to the high school transcript as P or NP.

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