Northwest High School

Academic Program Information

Northwest High School is a comprehensive high school offering a wide range of academic and elective classes. Students may choose an honor or advanced level four-year college prep program or a combination career center and college prep program.

DEFINITION OF TERMS

1. GRADES AND CREDITS

  • All students must have 21 credits to be eligible to graduate.  Please see page 9 for more details.

 Credits:

  • Credits are based on Carnegie units of credit.  In most cases, a course that lasts one full school year will receive one (1) unit of credit.  Courses that last for a semester will merit one-half (.5) unit of credit.  The exceptions to this are: 
  • Physical Education – The state of Ohio has mandated that one semester of Physical Education shall merit one-quarter (.25) unit of credit; therefore two semesters of Physical Education will be required to meet the graduation requirement of .50 credit in Physical Education

 Grading:

  • Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, all high school students will follow the grading scale below.
Grade     Scale     General/Adv.     Honors     AP/CCP
A   100% - 90%   4.0   4.5   5.0
B   89% - 80%   3.0   3.5   4.0
C   79% - 70%   2.0   2.5   3.0
D   69% - 60%   1.0   1.0*   1.0*
F   59% - 0%   0.0   0.0*   0.0*

4. Weighted Grades:

  • All Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses:
    •  Add 0.5 (C or better) on the grade point average.
    •  For Honors and AP courses, no weighted values are awarded for the grades below a C.
    • *College Credit Plus courses must follow the grade scale of the university awarding credit.

Graduation Awards for the Class of:

2018

2019

2020

Summa Cum Laude

Minimum of 21 credits during high school

Minimum weighted GPA of 4.95 or higher*

No final grade below a C

Summa Cum Laude

Minimum of 21 credits during high school

Minimum weighted GPA of 4.65 or higher*

No final grade below a C

Summa Cum Laude

Minimum of 21 credits during high school

Minimum weighted GPA of 4.40 or higher*

No final grade below a C

Magna Cum Laude

Minimum of 21 credits during high school

Minimum weighted GPA of 4.65 or higher*

Magna Cum Laude

Minimum of 21 credits during high school

Minimum weighted GPA of 4.35 or higher*

Magna Cum Laude

Minimum of 21 credits during high school

Minimum weighted GPA of 4.16 or higher*

Cum Laude

Minimum of 21 credits during high school

Minimum weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher*

Cum Laude

Minimum of 21 credits during high school

Minimum weighted GPA of 3.75 or higher*

Cum Laude

Minimum of 21 credits during high school

Minimum weighted GPA of 3.57 or higher*

 

*Weighted GPA requirements have been adjusted to account for the phase in of the 5 point weighted GPA scale.