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Changes to grading scale, graduation requirements approved

On Jan. 5, 2023, the NHSD Board of Education approved two policy changes impacting the district’s grading scale and graduation requirements. Adjustments to both were outlined in the district’s Comprehensive Plan.

With the grading scale policy (Policy 213) change, the district’s Course Weighting Scale will now better align with surrounding districts. An “A” in an AP or CHS class would be weighted at a 5.0 instead of the current 4.6 or 4.4, for example.

Changes to the graduation requirements policy (Policy 217) eliminates current elective subcategories to allow students more flexibility and choice when selecting electives. It does not modify the overall 24 credits required for graduation.

Additionally, beginning in the 2023-24 school year, a maximum of one credit earned through successful completion of programs at A.W. Beattie Career Center may be applied toward a core graduation requirement such as English, math or science to also allow students more flexibility in scheduling to select courses that best meet their needs, interests and post-secondary plans.

In December, when changes to these policies were introduced and discussed, North Hills High School Principal Kevin McKiernan presented to the board. His complete presentation can be watched here. View his presentation slides here.