This section outlines the Hadley School's general grading policies.
Hadley courses and assignments that do not use the letter system are graded S for satisfactory or U for unsatisfactory. Other Hadley courses use the following letter system:
|A = excellent||90–100|
|B = above average||80–89|
|C = average||70–79|
|D = below average||60–69|
|F = fail||below 60|
When you complete any course with a grade of A, B, C or S, you receive a certificate. Certificates are not awarded for diagnostic or placement tests.
Read assignment directions carefully. Your instructor may require you to redo an assignment if he or she believes you misunderstood the directions. This results in the assignment being considered NG, for "no grade." Only two NGs can be given for any assignment. The third time the same assignment is submitted without improvement, it will be graded accordingly.
If you follow directions properly and earn an F, you are required to redo the assignment. The lesson is reduced one full grade for the privilege of the redo. This means the first retake can be graded no higher than B+. If a second retake is permitted, the grade is reduced two full grades, so the highest possible grade is C+. A student may do a lesson twice at the discretion of the instructor.
If you earn a D and would like to redo the assignment, discuss the resubmission with your instructor. The reduced grade still applies.
For certain courses, braille instruction for example, even grades lower than B may require a redo, in order for the student to have the proper foundation to continue in the course.
Persistent poor performance in a course may result in an enrollment being terminated.
If you fail to start or you withdraw from a course, one of the codes discussed in this section will be recorded in your permanent transcript. Note: If a combination of any two non-starts or cancellations in succession occurs, you will be prohibited from enrolling in another course for three months. A history of non-starts, cancellations and withdrawals may result in a student's enrollment being terminated.
A student is a non-start if he or she fails to send a lesson or any communication within 60 days of enrollment. A grade of NS will appear on the transcript.
A cancellation is recorded on a student's transcript if he or she fails to submit assignments in a timely manner, seriously neglects course work, or consistently performs poorly. A cancellation can be initiated by either the student or the instructor.
A final grade of withdrawal/satisfactory (WS) is given under special circumstances and only if the student meets specific criteria. The instructor may grant a WS if
Consult your instructor for more details. WS is reflected on the permanent transcript. No certificate is issued for a course that receives this final grade.
A final grade of withdrawal/transfer (WT) is given in special circumstances. To receive a WT, you must meet the following criteria:
A cancellation (X) is recorded instead if you do not transfer to the needed course immediately, you wish to drop the course for lack of interest or commitment, or no such course is offered.
Plagiarism is taken very seriously. If you provide answers to assignments that are taken directly from the course or other documents without citing the source or using quotation marks, the assignment will be returned with no grade and you will be asked to redo it in your own words. If you plagiarize a second time, the assignment will be given a grade of F. If you plagiarize a third time, disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including expulsion from the school. Plagiarism does not apply to short-answer responses or a listing of items. However, copying entire paragraphs from the course or other sources, when asked to provide essay answers in your own words, is considered plagiarism.
If you have a dispute with your instructor regarding an assignment or final course grade, you may appeal it after first attempting to resolve it with your instructor. If you are still not satisfied, you may appeal to the vice president of education and training, who will review the issue and talk with both you and the instructor. A decision will be made within five business days. If you are still not satisfied, the situation will be brought to the attention of the senior vice president of educational operations. A decision made at this level is final.
Students in good standing may enroll in additional courses. Students who have at least three assignments graded by the instructor for their current course and whose grades are in the Hadley database are in good standing. The three most recent assignment grades are considered first. In addition, students must have a record of turning in assignments on time.
In many cases, very motivated high school students who have excelled in their courses can receive special permission from the high school coordinator to enroll in three or more courses simultaneously.