Academic Policies

Academic Policies

The course of studies at JPII is designed to prepare students to enter colleges or universities. Within this college preparatory framework, we seek to direct students into courses that will consistently challenge their capacity and potential. Every student at JPII will be given ample opportunity to meet and explore challenges in the learning process.

To succeed academically at JPII requires rigorous effort by students both in class and out of class. Homework, like practicing a sport, is an important part of learning. Unless otherwise instructed, students must do their own work.

Download the Student and Parent Handbook  or the Curriculum Guide and Course Descriptions for more details.

Graduation Requirements  

The courses required for graduation from JPII exceeds the entry requirements of Washington State public colleges and universities and most private universities.  There are 7 total credits possible each year and 28 over a four year high school career.  26 credits plus successful completion of the assigned community/advisory class requirements are required for graduation.  Academic rigor of coursework may be considered in graduation honors such as valedictorian and salutatorian.

 Department

General College

 Requirements

JPII College

 Prep Diploma

 English 4
4
 Mathmatics 3-4
4
Social Studies
3
3
Science
2-3
3
Foreign Language
2-3
3
Fine/Performing Arts
1
1
P.E./Health
1
1.5
Theology   4
Electives
  2.5
Total Credits Required
17
26

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Community Service Requirements

These requirements are a part of the Community Period class for each student. Details on what is expected to meet these requirements will be covered in the class. However, the minimum hours necessary for graduation are:
  • 9th grade      10 hours (at least two different placements)
  • 10th grade    20 hours (at least 3 or 4 different placements)
  • 11th grade    20+ hours (no more than 2 or 3 different placements)
  • 12th grade    30+ hours (only 1 placement) AND electronic reflection project
 
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Guidance Counseling/Student Confidentiality

Students are all assigned to a specific faculty member for Community Period. That faculty member will take on the role of advisor to the student for their four years at JPII.  It is the goal of the faculty to offer students a safe environment in which to discuss personal issues. Any information disclosed by a student in the process of counseling is confidential within the school with the exception of disclosures that are legally binding for the faculty. For example:

    •    Duty to report any behavior, suspicions or student reports of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, abandonment, or neglect to Child Protective Services;
    •    Reporting information to persons outside the school when a student indicates that a crime involving the likelihood of significant personal injury or significant property loss will be or has been committed;
    •    Reporting to one or more specific persons or agencies after a written release of information form has been signed by the student and parent and kept on file; and
    •    Disclosing information deemed to be confidential when ordered to do so by a court of law.
The primary aim is to protect the health and welfare of each student.

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Credits and Grading

26 credits are required to graduate from JPII. Students are expected to take a minimum of 7 courses each semester as well as their Community Period. Academic credits are assigned each semester for each course in which a passing grade is earned. A passing grade in a semester class generates one-half credit. Grades at the semesters are used to determine student cumulative grade point averages.
Transfer credits must be approved. These credits are entered into a separate space on the JPII transcript and will be listed as “Transfer Credits”.Online courses will be handled similarly. JPII will also keep the transfer transcript and attach it to the official JPII transcript when sending transcripts to colleges and universities.

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JPII Grading Scale

JPII uses the following grading scale.  To qualify for the honors points, the course title must include either Honors or AP designations.

 Percentage
(Rounded)
Letter Grade
General Grade Points
Honors Grade Points
97-100
A+
4.30
4.80
93-96
A
4.00
4.50
90-92
A-
3.70
4.20
87-89
B+
3.30
3.80
83-86
B
3.00
3.50
80-82
B-
2.70
3.20
77-79
C+
2.30
2.80
70-76
C
2.00
2.50
65-69 
C-
1.70
2.20
0-64*
F
0.00
0.00

*    D grades are not possible at JPII. Students need to achieve at least a C- or higher to earn credit in any class. Students who earn below 70% have not met the standard for the course or for advancement to the next course.

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Grade Point Average

A student’s grade point average is determined by dividing the total grade points earned by the number of credited courses carried for a given academic semester. Semester grades and GPA’s will be rounded up to the nearest thousandth in order to calculate student rankings.

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Course Changes

Schedule changes are discouraged. Therefore, students must choose their courses wisely.  In the event that students are misplaced, students/parents may request course changes. All requests for course changes must be submitted within ten (10) class days of the start of a semester in order for a student to receive credit for that course. Transfers must be approved by the advisor and administration. If a student drops/changes a course after ten (10) days into a semester, he/she will receive a grade of “F” and loss of credit in the class dropped unless there are mitigating circumstances such as medical issues. These changes must be approved by both advisor and administration before taking effect.

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Honors and Advanced Placement Courses

Admission to Honors or Advanced Placement courses is made on a year-by-year basis. Teachers in a given subject area will make a recommendation for a student’s placement in an Honors or Advanced Placement course based on the student’s current academic performance.Students and parents should refer to course syllabi for specific requirements for admission to an Honors or Advanced Placement course.

AP Courses have been designed to meet or exceed the curricular requirements as established by the College Board. The curricular content is equivalent to an entry-level course in college. AP tests are administered in May of each year on the College Board scheduled dates. It is recommended that the enrolled student take the AP exam.  Depending on performance on these tests and the discretion of the college or university, students may receive college credit or advanced placement.  Students will be charged a fee to take the examinations. It is recommended that students be enrolled in no more than two AP classes in a given year.

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Academic Honors

The JPII Honor Roll is published twice a year and Honor Roll students should generally be recognized with certificates of achievement at an assembly each semester. Highest Honors are for those students who maintain a 3.9 to 4.0 average. The requirement for First Honors is a GPA of 3.6 or higher. For Second Honors, the requirement is a GPA less than 3.6, but at least 3.2 or greater. All honors GPAs will be rounded to the nearest tenth for determination of honors. An awards convocation will be held once a year to honor students for excellence in service, leadership, and academics.

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National Honor Society

The National Honor Society recognizes students who display outstanding qualities of scholarship, service, and personal character. Members must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above over at least two semesters at JPII to be eligible for election to the National Honor Society. Students must also have a good attendance record. Additionally, students may not have received any disciplinary action resulting in suspension from JPII or have a significant pattern of disciplinary infractions. The selection of each member into the National Honor Society shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.

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Failures

If a student fails a class that is a requirement for graduation or is a sequential course, the student may generally make up the course the following summer by attending a summer school program (either in a community college or local public high school program) with pre-approval by the Administration for the course being taken. Students also have the option of completing an independent study course through an approved online program. The student must provide the administration with appropriate documentation of a passing grade at the completion of the program.

Any student who fails two subjects at the semester or who demonstrates a continuing pattern of unsatisfactory grades may be asked to leave JPII at the School’s discretion.  In such case, families may appeal to the Academic Appeal Board.

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Repeated Classes

If a student takes a class for a second time for any appropriate reason such as credit retrieval (as determined by the Administration), both grades will appear on the student’s transcript and count in the overall GPA. If passed, the credit will count in the total required for graduation but will not be counted in the departmental distribution requirement totals.

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Credits for College Courses

Occasionally students will take college courses while enrolled at JPII High School.  Students need prior approval from the administration. Students are allowed to take up to two courses per semester for credit through a community or four-year college while enrolled at JPII. Credit will not be given on the high school transcript except in the case of credit retrieval.  In this instance, a college level course of three or more quarter credits will be equivalent to a semester course (0.5 credit) at the high school level.  JPII does not provide financial support for tuition for college courses.

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Academic Probation

Students who receive a grade of “F” or whose grade point average for a quarter or semester falls below a 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. During academic probation, the student will be ineligible to participate and/or compete in co-curricular activities until at least the mid-quarter of the quarter in which they are on academic probation. The student on academic probation may be required to sign an academic probation contract, which is an individually tailored plan to help him/her to succeed and to remedy any academic deficiencies the student may have. Additionally, students on academic probation are required to meet with his/her advisor, counselor and/or the Principal at least once a week.

These students will also be required to attend a minimum of two morning study sessions per week during the quarter. The administration, counselors or a member of the faculty will monitor these study sessions. These study sessions will begin at 7:00 AM to 7:40 and will be held Monday through Thursday mornings. This process may also require conferences with parents, tutoring, testing and/or counseling as determined by JPII in its sole discretion.

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Academic Appeal Board

The Academic Appeal Board will convene as necessary and rule on issues related to academic dismissal of students. The decision of the committee is presented to the Principal for final approval.

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Eligibility for Co-Curricular Activities

To be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics, school plays or musicals, Student Government, or any other co-curricular activities, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better, with no “F” grades. In order to run for Governing Board (Executive Council and Class Officers), a student must have at least a 2.7 GPA for each of the three previous quarters.

Grade checks will be made at each mid-quarter, quarter and semester. Students who receive a Warning of failing any class at grade check will be on probation. This probation will begin on the Monday following the issuance of the grade. While still failing, he/she will be held out of games, shows, banquets, competitions and/or conferences until passing in all classes. The student will become eligible immediately after bringing a passing grade report to his/her coach and the athletic director for all failing classes. (The coach has the option to ask for a written note from teachers concerning the student's status in his/her classes.)

A student who has been warned in a class during the semester will be declared ineligible if failing at any subsequent grade check for that particular class during the semester. Semester failures will allow students to participate in turnouts/practices but will hold them out of games, events, shows, banquets, conferences and/or competitions for a period of two (2) weeks for one (1) failure, four (4) weeks for two (2) failures and five (5) weeks for three (3) failures. If the student is passing all classes, he/she will be eligible on either the 3rd, 5th or 6th Monday of the new semester.

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Late Work and Incomplete Grades

Students leaving school early for a field trip, athletic contest, or other school sponsored activity, must complete tests/quizzes and assignments prior to their departure, or, at the teachers’ sole discretion, make other arrangements to complete the missed work. Homework and projects are due on the date specified by a teacher. Usually, if a student is absent from class, he/she may have one day to make up missed homework for each day of excused absence. Otherwise, late work will not be accepted.

All work must be completed during the term it is assigned.  A grade of Incomplete may be given by a teacher at the end of a semester for students who have had extended absences, if given with the approval of the administration.  Incomplete grades will be accompanied by a contract between the student and the teacher for completion of work.  If the contract terms are not met, the grade reverts to the previously earned grade.

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Finals

All students are expected to take their final exams at the scheduled exam times.  To maintain the integrity of finals for all students, JPII does not administer final exams prior to scheduled testing time.  Any student requesting an exception to this policy needs to contact the administration to make arrangements.  Special arrangements for testing will involve a $10 fee per test.  Teachers are not authorized to make special arrangements for finals.

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Transcripts

Transcripts are permanent records of all courses taken and semester grades earned while a student is at Pope John Paul II High School. This record is maintained by the registrar and represents the school’s record of each student’s academic performance. Student rank will not be listed on the transcript. Students must request to have official transcripts sent to colleges or universities. There is no charge for this request. Unofficial transcript copies are also available upon request.

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Quick Links

Graduation Requirements
Community Service Requirements
Guidance Counseling/Student Confidentiality
Credits and Grading
JPII Grading Scale
Grade Point Average
Course Changes
Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
Academic Honors
National Honor Society
Failures
Repeated Classes
Credits for College Courses
Academic Probation
Academic Appeal Board
Eligibility for Co-Curricular Activities
Late Work and Incomplete Grades
Finals
Transcripts