Academic Policies

Academic Expectations (B.2)

The school expects students to perform to the best of their ability. Teachers are expected to evaluate student progress on a regular basis. Students will be given quizzes or tests regularly. After the test is graded, it will be sent home for the parent to review and sign. Parent signature indicates that the parent is aware of the student’s progress. If a parent does not receive quizzes or tests to sign, the parent should contact the teacher.

Graduation (E.19)

At the discretion of the principal, each school has the right not to certify the student's graduation or provide transcripts of the student's academic record to third parties such as other schools, colleges, or employers, or to issue a diploma to the student, if there has been a breach of a material condition of the contract (i.e., failure to meet financial obligations, infractions against the school’s code of conduct).

Homework (E.8)

Homework is an essential part of the instructional program and reinforces learning. It serves as a means for clarifying and reviewing material learned in class, for providing motivation and opportunity for individual growth, and for creating experiences of in-depth study and supplementary reading.

The time allotments for homework (written and study) are as follows:

Grades Pre-K & K approximately 15 minutes
Grades 1 & 2 approximately 30 minutes
Grades 3 & 4 approximately 45 minutes
Grades 5 & 6 approximately 90 minutes
Grades 7 & 8 approximately 120 minutes

Students are required to complete all homework and it is expected that parents or guardians sign the completed homework.

Grades and Grading (G.4)

Report cards are distributed four times a year for Grades 1 to 8. Pre-K and Kindergarten report cards are distributed (two to four) times a year. The report card is a link between the school and the home.

Academic Achievement (G.5)

The first part of the Archdiocesan Report Card is used to mark the student’s achievement in academic subjects.

• The achievement mark in each quarter is based upon the demonstration of mastery of material covered in class such as:

1. tests
2. quizzes
3. classwork/participation
4. homework
5. projects/portfolios

There are no grades for Computer Science or Library as these two areas are to be supportive of, and integrated into, the total learning process.

Foreign Language will be given a letter grade if the class meets for less than 120 minutes per week. Foreign Language will be given a numerical grade only if the class meets for more than 120 minutes per week.

The Final Report Card Grade is the weighted average of the four previous quarter grades, and the mid-year and end-year tests (for Grades 3-4 in ELA, Math and Religion; for Grades 5-8 in all subjects). This Final Grade will be recorded on the student’s permanent record.

• Numerical marks are recorded on report cards for Grades 1– 8.

• Passing is any mark 70% or above or any mark of D or higher.

Parents should be informed in a timely manner in the event of a student who is not satisfactorily performing in a course or activity.

Character Development (E.13)

The Conduct and General Effort Scale indicates grades for General Effort and Character Development. A single letter grade is used with check marks indicating improvement needed in any sub-category.

The “Conduct Grade” indicates that the student:

1. follows class and school rules
2. shows care in the use of personal property
3. treats teachers with respect
4. treats other students with respect
5. exercises self-control
6. listens attentively
7. uses technology appropriately


Conduct Grade
Number of Checkmarks
1 or 2
5 or more


Honor Roll (G.4)

The criteria for inclusion in the Honor Roll are particular for each school. As an acknowledgment of achievement in academics, a suggested model would be:

Grades 1 – 3 First Honors A in every subject or 90% average with no grade less than 85%
  Second Honors B in every subject or 85% average with no grade less than 80%
Grades 4 – 6 First Honors 90% average; no mark less than 85%
  Second Honors 85% average; no mark less than 80%
Grades 7 – 8 First Honors 90% average; no mark less than 85%
  Second Honors 85% average; no mark less than 75%

Good conduct is a requirement to receive First or Second Honors. Therefore, a student must receive an A (excellent) or B (good) in conduct to be eligible for honors. A student who does not receive an A or B in Conduct will not receive First or Second Honors even though marks might warrant it.

Report Card Distribution (G.4)

Report cards are distributed in November, January, April, and June. Report cards will be withheld if financial obligations have not been met and fees are outstanding.

Final report cards may not be given before the assigned date of June 18. In the event that a student will leave school prior to the last day in June and all financial obligations have been met, the student may give the teacher a self-addressed stamped envelope and the report card can be mailed the last day of school.

Retention/Promotion (G.5)

Very few decisions we make about children are more important than recommendations to promote or to retain a student. Most students will be able to follow the school’s regular program of sequential learning objectives. If the student successfully achieves the year’s objectives, the student progresses to the next grade.

Testing, diagnosis, and actual performance, however, may indicate that some students cannot follow the school’s complete course of study. Therefore, the decision to retain a student indicates that although the school has done everything to help the student achieve success, the student has not made satisfactory progress.

The final decision to promote or retain a student is made by the principal, based on the student’s academic performance and best interests. It should be made after discussion with the parent, teacher, and student.

This table indicates the specific failures by grade level that might result in retention at the grade level:

Kindergarten Evidence that the child is immature and not meeting program expectations
Grade 1 Evidence of developmental immaturity and a failure in reading
Grade 2 Failure in reading
Grade 3 Failures in reading and mathematics
Grade 4, 5, 6 Failures in reading and mathematics, or
Failures in reading or mathematics and failures in two of the following subjects: religion, science, social studies, and language arts
Grade 7,8 Failures in reading and mathematics or
  Failures in reading and language arts or
  Failures in reading or mathematics or language arts and failure in one of
  the following subjects: religion, science, social studies


Assessments (G.4)

In addition to class and school exams, every student will take part in the Archdiocesan testing program which includes the Archdiocesan religion test, interim assessments, and New York State Education Department assessments.

Archdiocesan Test (Will be used as the student’s End-Year Examination)

Religion Test Grade 3 to 8 June


Archdiocesan-approved Standardized Assessment

Standardized Assessment – Administered One Time a Year in the Spring
Grades K-2 Standardized Assessment


Interim Assessments

Interim Assessments – Administered Two Times a Year
Grades K-8 Interim Assessments


NY State Tests

New York State Exams
Grades Test
3 English Language Arts and Mathematics
4 English Language Arts and Mathematics
5 English Language Arts and Mathematics
6 English Language Arts and Mathematics
7 English Language Arts and Mathematics
8 English Language Arts and Mathematics

The faculty of the school reviews these test results regularly for the purpose of promotion or retention in conjunction with classroom performance and grouping for reading and math.





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