Preparing for the Future
A college preparatory curricula that not only prepares students for success in postsecondary colleges and universities but also provides students with the essential skills to become successful, productive members of society.
Evaluation of Upper student academic performance is expressed by means of letter and number grades. Quarterly, semester, and yearly honors rolls for Middle School are Upper School are posted.
Honors courses are given an additional weight of five percent (5%), Dual Enrollment courses are given an additional weight of seven and a half percent (7.5%), and Advanced Placement courses are given an additional weight of ten percent (10%) onto the numerical grade at the conclusion of each semester.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
A student’s GPA is determined by translating the numerical grades that are assigned at the end of each semester to grade points according to the grade point equivalency chart and then computing the average of those grade points. Fayette Academy calculates both an unweighted and weighted grade point average for each student.
The Pre-ACT Assessment is given in the fall of freshman year. The Pre-ACT monitors student growth towards college and career readiness, and provides information on student grade level benchmarks in English, mathematics, reading comprehension, writing, and science reasoning. The Pre-ACT also provides ACT prediction scores for the composite and each sub-score.
The Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is given to 10th and 11th grade students in the fall. It is formulated from the SAT and is used to identify juniors who qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. The PSAT/NMSQT provides information on student performance regarding grade level benchmarks in Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and mathematics. The PSAT/NMSQT also provides administrators with an “AP Potential” index which identifies students who are 60 percent likely to get a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement test.
The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions and covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and scientific reasoning. All Fayette Academy students are required to take the ACT or SAT for high school graduation eligibility. Students may take the test as many times as they choose. Students can register for these tests online. Fayette Academy’s CEEB code is 432-143.
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses are required to pay the examination fee and take the AP exam administered at the end of the year. AP exams are scored on a scale of one to five with five being the highest mark. The AP score can be used by postsecondary institutions to determine if credit will be granted for the course taken. A number of colleges and universities grant credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5; however, course credit is awarded at the college/universities discretion.
Placement in all Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, and Honors courses is determined by pre-requisite course grades, attendance, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendation. AP, Dual, and Honors courses are weighted for class ranking.
All Honor Graduates, Valedictorian, and Salutatorian award recipients are required to have earned at least two credits in college-level courses (i.e., dual enrollment and/or advanced placement) and five honors credits at Fayette Academy. Valedictorian and Salutatorian candidates must have attended Fayette Academy since the beginning of the candidate’s sophomore year.
Cum Laude 3.5-3.99
Magna Cum Laude 4.0-4.49
Summa Cum Laude 4.5+
Class rank is determined after the 7th semester using cumulative weighted grade point averages. Valedictorian and Salutatorian candidates must have met all honor graduate requirements and must have attended Fayette Academy for three years.