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Franklin County Schools Grading Policy/Local Policy/Red Bay High School

Franklin County Student Handbook {Pages 47-59}



A. Homework
1. Homework shall be required (in a reasonable
amount and where appropriate) in each subject
area whose content is prescribed by the State
Course of Study.
2. Homework shall reinforce classroom
3. The difficulty, the availability of the resources
needed and time required to complete
homework assignments shall be reasonable.
4. Homework assignments shall be coordinated
in order to prevent students from being
overburdened with too much homework at any
given time.
5. All homework shall be evaluated.
6. Homework is not to be used as punishment.
7. The principal shall meet with the faculty to
discuss the homework policy.
8. Each classroom teacher has the responsibility
for fostering the development of good study
habits in all students.
9. Each classroom teacher shall be left with the
authority to determine actual homework
assignments consistent with the local board of
education policy.
10. Students will be responsible for completing
assigned tasks.
B. Examinations
Students are expected to be present to take semester
examinations as announced. Those who are absent at the
time of scheduled examinations may be permitted to take
an examination at some other time provided the absence is
an excused absence.
No students in grades 5-12 will be exempt from mid-term
tests. (Refer to the county exemption policy for more
detailed information.)
Exemption for Exams-(total absences are counted by the
year from the first day of school). Students can exempt:
(1) With an "A" average and no more than 6 absences
in the class;
(2) With a "B" average and no more than 4 absences in
the class;
(3) With a "C" average and no more than 2 absences in
the class.
(4) Students who transfer schools will not be allowed
to exempt final exams.
NOTE: The criteria used to arrive at the average
will be: (the average of the 1st and 2nd nine weeks,
the mid-term exam, and the 3rd and 4th nine weeks
C. Report Cards
Report cards are for the purpose of transmitting an
evaluation of student's progress to the student and his or her
parents or legal guardian. Report cards shall be issued at
the end of each six or nine weeks grading period during the
scholastic year to all students enrolled in the schools of the
Franklin County School System. The Franklin County
Board of Education shall approve all report cards used by
the schools of the Franklin County School System. Any
change in report card forms used by the Franklin County
School System shall be preceded by a cooperative study
and evaluation by students, teachers, principals, and
parents. Schools may issue computer-generated report
cards if approved by the superintendent.
Individual schools may make additional reports to the
parent or legal guardian of the student or group of students,
when in the opinion of the principal and his/her
professional staff members, the situation warrants such
Grading Scale
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
59 and below = F
D. Promotions and Retention
The guiding philosophy for promotion and retention of
students within the Franklin County School System shall be
what is in the best interest of the student based on
performance, test, attendance, and other appropriate
evaluation. The decision to promote or retain a student rests
with the combined views of the teacher, principal, and
appropriate supportive school personnel.
E. Conferences
Parent-teacher communications and conferences are a vital
factor in a student's success in school and are encouraged.
Parent-school personnel conferences should be scheduled
in such a way as not to interfere with personnel's teaching
F. Graduation
The senior high schools of the Franklin county School
System shall plan appropriate graduation programs for
schools on a date approved by the Superintendent of the
Franklin County Schools.
G. Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements shall be imposed in compliance
with standards approved by the Alabama State
Department of Education. As of January 2013, the
ALSDE approved the "New Alabama High School
Diploma" as the only diploma. Course flexibility is
allowed to foster individual student interests and
academic/career goals. In addition to the state approved
diploma model, the Franklin County School System
requires 26 credit hours to graduate and offers advanced
and career technical endorsements.
This one approach to the New Alabama High School
Diploma allows for locally approved endorsements and
provides pathways for students with disabilities. The focus
will be on coursework taken that necessitates a clearly
articulated and individualized four-year high school plan
built for each student based on the results from state
required assessments and other college and career
readiness evaluations and coursework.
With full implementation of Alabama's College and Career
Readiness Standards and the adoption of assessments
aligned with these standards, the diploma options for the
first-time ninth graders of 2010-2011 are being revised. In
accordance with the November 14, 2013 resolution
approved by the Alabama State Board of Education, the
Franklin County Board of Education no longer requires
students to pass the Alabama High School Graduation
Examination to earn a diploma.
Requirements for the New Alabama High School Diploma
effective 2013-2014 school year include:
English Language Arts- 4 credits (English 9, 10, 11, 12 or
Mathematics- 4 credits (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
w/Trig or Algebra II or equivalent, math elective)
Science- 4 credits (Biology, a physical science, 2 other
science electives chosen from AL COS)
Social Studies- 4 credits (World History, US History x 2,
Gov/Economics or equivalent elective)
Physical Education- 1 credit (Life-Personal Fitness)
Health Education- .5 credit
Career Preparedness- 1 (Career and Academic Planning,
Computer Application, Financial Literacy)
CTE and/or Foreign Language and/or Arts Education- 3
Electives- 4.5
A student wishing to receive the Alabama High School
Diploma with Advanced Endorsement is required to
complete the coursework above including 2 Sequential
Foreign Language credits and 1 Higher Level Math.
A student wishing to receive the Alabama High School
Diploma with Career Tech Endorsement is required to
complete the coursework above, including 3 Career Tech
credits resulting in Career Tech completion.
All diplomas issued by the School System shall comply
with the following state requirements:
1. High school diplomas shall be issued only upon
the authority of the Board and shall be on forms
prescribed or approved by the Board. Diplomas
shall bear the signature of the Board,
Superintendent, and the principal of the School.
2. All state public secondary schools shall have the
"Great Seal of Alabama" on the face of the diploma
issued by the school.
3. High schools are not authorized to issue a
diploma based on GED tests or any other tests.
I. Graduation Ceremony Participation
The Board authorizes local high school principals and
appropriate staff members to design and implement
graduation ceremony exercises for their respective school.
In all cases, eligibility criteria for participation in
graduation exercises (marching) shall encompass the
following provisions:
1. A diploma can be awarded only if a student has
passed the Carnegie Units requirement established
by the Board.
2. Students who have met the Carnegie Units
requirement established by the Board WILL be
eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony
3. Students who have not met the Carnegie Units
requirement established by the Board WILL be
eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony
(marching), but will receive a Graduation
Certificate until requirements for a diploma have
been successfully completed by the student.
4. Special education students who have not met the
minimum requirements for a diploma shall
participate in the graduation ceremony and be
awarded an Alternate Standards Certificate
provided their IEP Committee determines that the
student will not work toward a high school
diploma. Individual exit options shall be fully
documented in the student's IEP.
6. Students must have no outstanding indebtedness owed
to the school or class.
RANKING (Beginning with 9th Graders in the Fall of 2014-2015
School Year)
All Courses in which students enroll in grades nine through first
semester of grade twelve will be used to calculate Rank and GPA,
with the following exceptions:
Only 1 credit for Physical Education/LIFE PE will be calculated.
Only 1 credit for Band and or Chorus will be calculated.
Non-Academic courses will not be calculated. (Examples, office
aides, teacher aides remediation classes, enrichment classes,
yearbook, etc.)
The Franklin County Board of Education has approved a diploma
with Advanced Academic Endorsement. Students wishing to
pursue this diploma will be required to earn credits in the courses
listed below.
Minimum requirements for Advanced Diploma
2 Credits of the same Foreign Language*
4 Credits of English
4 Credits of History
4 Credits of Math, Algebra I, Geometry and 2 Advanced
Math (Algebra II with Trig and Pre-Cal)*
4 Credits of Science, Biology, a Physical Science and 2
Advanced Science (Anatomy, Physics, Chemistry,
½ Credit of Health
1 Credit of Career Preparedness
3 Credits of Career/Tech courses and /or Foreign Language
and /or Arts Education
*The advanced classes listed above will also be weighted classes,
receiving a multiplier of 1.1, for the purpose of calculating GPA
for official Rank of Senior Class
(It will be the decision of the local school if a dual enrollment or
ACCESS class taken will receive the weighted multiplier.)
Franklin County Schools offers students who have been
unsuccessful in mastering content or skills required to receive
course credit or earn promotion the opportunity to apply for Credit
Recovery. Credit Recovery study is based on deficiencies rather
than a repeat of the entire course. Students who have not achieved
a baseline average of 40 or above (on a 100 point scale) or its
equivalent on a locally adopted grading scale must repeat the entire
Student Eligibility
Eligible students must meet all the following criteria:
-Currently enrolled in Franklin County Schools
-Must be classified in grades 9-12
Must have failed a course with no less than forty (40) as a
final grade.
Application Procedures
In order to participate in the Credit Recovery (CR) Program,
students must complete a CR application in full. A portion of the
application must be completed by the students guardian. Both the
student and guardian must agree to abide by all rules of the program
in order to regain lost credits.
A plan of study will be designed with input from teachers, guidance,
and the principal. Both the student and guardian will sign off on the
plan of study prior to the child's admission into the program.
Removal Policies
Students are expected to abide by all school rules in the Credit
Recovery Program. Students may be dismissed from the program
for lack of attendance (Four or more absences and/or tardies in a
semester), disruptive behavior, lack of effort, or any other
circumstance that prevents the student from successfully mastering
the required course content. Guardians will be contacted by the
principal regarding any issues that may lead to removal of the
student from the program. The final decision for removal will be
made by the principal.
The Credit Recovery Program will be monitored through the school
principals. Approved certified personnel trained in the credit
recovery software will serve as program instructors at each
location. This instructor will be responsible for training students on
the credit recovery software, collaborating with teachers and
guidance, monitoring student success, providing assistance to
students, and compiling pertinent information on student progress
and scoring. In addition to the certified instructor, students will
have access to Highly Qualified, certified teachers in the content
area of the course they are attempting to recover throughout the
school day.
FCS will use a state approved program to offer credit recovery to
students, grades 9-12. The program will provide an online learning
environment containing self-paced, semester-long courses to allow
students to recover lost credits in any of the four core academic
areas: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The curriculum
will be aligned with national standards, Alabama course of study,
and the AHSGE competencies.
Only students who are currently enrolled in Franklin County
Schools with a failing grade of forty (40) or above in a core
academic course are eligible to enroll in the credit recovery
program. Once a student in the credit recovery program
demonstrates seventy percent (70) competency for the course
objectives, as measured by the program, credit will be awarded for
the course. The final grade for the course will be recorded as a
seventy (70) with reflection on the students transcript that this was
earned in Credit recovery.
Students enrolled in the Franklin County School System may
participate in a dual enrollment in a post-secondary institution or
college program provided they meet the following requirements and
they receive permission from the principal, parents, and postsecondary
institution and provided this endeavor does not interfere
with their attendance and performance at their high school.
The dual enrollment program is open to all students meeting the
following requirements:
1. Pay normal tuition as required by the postsecondary
2. Have a minimum of a "B" average, as defined by local
board of education policy, in completed high school
3. Enrollment will be based upon GPA when class size is
over capacity.
4. Work out a satisfactory schedule with the high school
approved by the counselor and principal.
5. Parents and principal must sign permission and travel
forms for courses offered off the high school campus
during the normal school day.
6. Ten quarter/six semester credit hours satisfactorily
completed at the postsecondary level shall equal one
credit at the high school level in the same or related
subject. Partial credit agreements shall be developed
between the local board of education and participating
postsecondary institutions.
7. Student must submit parental permission form and a
letter from the postsecondary institution stating the
student has been approved for admission into the
college program before permission for dual enrollment
will be granted.
Franklin County received an Appalachian Regional Commission
Grant to set up distance learning labs in several locations.
Preparation for these classes is currently underway. When
completed a number of courses within the school system and from
colleges will be offered for students and adults. Fees may be
charged for some courses.
The Franklin County School System provides a community
learning center to provide after school and summer programs. The
TRACKS (The Right Approach Creates Knowledge & Success)
program meets the needs of families by providing a safe and secure
environment in which the children receive instruction and support
from highly qualified educators and aides. Through the community
learning center students will improve their basic core curriculum
knowledge, gain computer skills, develop positive character traits,
learn how to work cooperatively in groups, improve self-esteem,
and participate in fine arts, cultural, and recreational activities,
explore future career choices, learn about job related skills, visit
businesses and education institutions, and become involved in
community service projects. There is a small fee for attendance.
Community education classes are offered to help individuals learn
new skills. The courses will be based on community interest and
need. A schedule for each semester will be published. Fees for
courses will be based on number of hours and content of the course.
The Franklin County Board of Education approves the awarding of
embedded academic credit in selected vocational career/technical
programs. The following guidelines will be followed in awarding
embedded credit:
1. Embedded academic credit can only be offered for
career/technical program completion which consists of
a total of two or more years of instruction in a program
consisting of three or more credits. Embedded
academic credit cannot be offered for a single
career/technical course.
2. A maximum of one math embedded credit and/or
science credit can be earned.
3. The career/technical teacher and principal must verify
that the content has been taught by completing and
signing a checklist of academic skills.
4. When embedded academic credit is awarded, it will be
necessary to reduce the number of credits identified as
career/technical credits by the number granted for
embedded academic credit. (For example: If one
embedded credit is granted for building construction
technology mathematics and building construction
technology would normally be a three-credit program,
one credit would be awarded for building construction
technology mathematics and two credits would be
awarded for building construction technology.)
5. Embedded academic credit must be granted at the
completion of the career/technical program, which
would normally be in grade in eleven or twelve.
Approved Programs for Embedded Academic Credit for a math or
science credit are:
Agriscience Technology (2 years)* Science Credit
Collision Repair Technology (2 years) Science Credit
Family and Consumer Science (2 years)** Science Credit
Healthcare Science & Technology (2years) Science Credit
Building Construction Technology (2 years) Math Credit
Power Equipment Technology (2 years) Math Credit
Computer Electronics Technology (2 years) Math Credit
*Specific courses are required for embedded credit. (See
Career/Technical course of study).
6. A science credit may be awarded for the Food Science
course in Family and Consumer Science. This science
credit may be awarded for the Food Science course as
a stand-alone course and does not have to be part of a
three-credit program. This approval is subject to the
following conditions:
a. A limit of one science credit may be earned
from this substitute course. (This is not
embedded credit.)
b. The Family and Consumer Science teacher
shall be partnered with a science teacher for
c. The program shall be supported with
appropriate science resource books in addition
to the Food Science text, equipment, and
d. Students shall be listed on the career/technical
state reports: however, if science credit is
granted on the student's transcript, no
career/technical credit will be awarded.
e. The Elective Substitute Science Credit for
Food Service guide shall be followed to award
f. A checklist of skills taught and a verification
that the skills are taught with signatures of both
the Family and Consumer Science teacher and
the principal must be maintained.


                                           Red Bay High School (Local Grading Policy)


Student qualify by:
• Having an average of 90 or above (no rounding)
• Must have attended RBHS grades 9-12
• Be Involved in at least 5 extracurricular activities

The grades are from grade nine through first semester of 12th grade.

The weighted averages will be used for Hall of Fame seniors.

The average cannot be rounded up to 90.0.

The student must have attended RBHS for grades 9 through 12. The aatencdance must include the complete year of schooling at RBHS from grades 9 through 12.


Students qualify by having an average of 93 or above (no rounding)

The Red Bay High School DAR Award Program is sponsored by the Chief Colbert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The RBHS faculty vote for one boy and one girl from the senior class. The top 3 students with the highest vote have the opportunity to compete for the DAR Award.
The DAR Award is presented to a senior who displays the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree.

The Good Citizenship Boy & Girl are selected by the faculty and serves as runner-up to the DAR recipient. They are outstanding seniors who exhibit good character along with being honorable, concerned, well informed, polite, and caring. They also have a positive attitude, tries to fulfill their role as a citizen, and believes in fairness.

Graduation Honor Stole Policy

Students will wear an Honor Stole at graduation if they have achieved a cumulative numerical grade average from 9th grade to 12th grade in regular classes of 93.0 or above.

The grade average cannot be rounded to 93.0. Grades for Teacher Aide classes will not be computed in the senior averages. The weighted averages will be use for Honor Stole seniors.

Red Bay High Scchool Senior Ranking

1. The four year grade average of each senior will include weighted semester grades of 1.10 for the following classes:

Spanish II, Algebra2, Anatomy, Chemistry, Physics, and Pre-Calculus.

Classes which have a tutition fee from a college, correspondence class, dualenrollment, or summer school class will not be weighted.

2. Grades for Teaacher Aide will not be computed.

3. The wieghted averages will not be placed on the transcript. The weighted avarage will be used forranking and the GPA sent out for scholarships.

4. Stuednts must have attended Red Bay High School for their junior and senior years of High School to be eligible for the Valedictorian or Saalutatorian honor for their graduating class.