Grades for Achievement shall be reported for each marking period as follows:
Above Average Achievement
Below Average Achievement
Little or No Achievement
(Advanced Placement course grades will earn an additional grade point for “A”, “B” or “C” grades, provided they take the AP Exam in May. The extra point will be withheld if the student receives a “D” grade in the course.)
All activities, field trips, etc. are subject to eligibility standards. In addition to issuing academic letter grades at each quarter, every teacher will issue a citizenship grade. Students may not have more than one N “Needs Improvement” citizenship grade to participate in extra-curricular activities during the next quarter. This standard is in addition to the current standard of needing at least a 2.0 quarter/ semester GPA and having no “F’s”, “I”, or “NM”. Students accumulating 3 days of suspension are immediately ineligible for the next six weeks and Senior Activities. Students must have all fines and obligations cleared.
Classroom Citizenship Grade
Students will receive a citizenship grade every quarter from each of their classroom teachers. Students’ classroom citizenship grades depend on their behavior in the classroom. The grade of “Outstanding,” “Satisfactory,” or “Needs Improvement” will be based on the “Citizenship Guidelines” (see below). The citizenship grade for each class will be shown on the student’s report card, but not on the transcript or permanent records.
Classroom Citizenship Guidelines
Teachers will discuss and give copies of their classroom rules and regulations to students at the start of the school term. Copies should be on file with the Administration.
Teachers are required to issue a preliminary citizenship progress report before giving a “Needs Improvement” citizenship grade, unless abhorrent behavior occurs so close to the end of the quarter that it is not practical to do so.
Any combination of five tardies and/or invalid absences in a quarter will result in a “Needs Improvement” citizenship grade for the quarter.
A student who receives two or more “Needs Improvement” citizenship grades in one quarter will lose activity privileges for the following quarter. A student who receives 2 or more “Needs Improvement” grades in the fourth quarter will lose privileges for the first quarter of the following school year.
Seniors who receive two or more “Needs Improvement” citizenship grades for the third grading period will not be permitted to participate in the senior trip/12th grade activities and graduation promotion activities. Special consideration may be given to seniors who receive two or more “Needs Improvement” grades during the third grading period but who do not receive any “Needs Improvement” grades during the fourth grading period. Fourth grading period citizenship grades may be determined by teacher progress reports. Students given this special consideration may be allowed to participate in graduation activities only.
The top five highest GPA’s of the senior class (as of the 4th quarter progress report) who has completed a minimum of 5 semesters at Gilroy High School, will be eligible for Valedictorian and Salutatorian candidacies. A selection panel will decide Valedictorian and Salutatorian based on academic accomplishments and the following other factors:
Academic program strength (Honors, AP, College level courses, etc.)
Students must be exemplary role models, so each candidate’s discipline history will be considered.
Community Service and School activity involvement will also be taken into consideration.. The quantity and quality of the community service hours will be reviewed. The student’s involvement in extracurricular activities such as performing arts, athletics, clubs, etc. will be considered.
Each student will write their own speech (3 to 4 minutes) and be asked to read it to the panel as part of the selection process. The speech will be scored on content and delivery. You will read your speech to the selection panel.
Please bring an updated resume for the panel to review. You will want to list scholarships and grants and other honors from the Senior Awards Night.
The selection panel, which consists of administrators, teachers and student services staff will make the final decision after speeches are heard and all other factors taken into consideration. The candidate with the highest score will be the Valedictorian and the second highest will be the Salutatorian for the senior class.