2012-13 Procedure for Semester Exam Exemption
Fall Semester: All Students will take a semester exam in all of their core classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) but may be exempt from an elective/ non-core class if they meet the criteria.
Spring Semester: All Students will take a semester exam in all of their elective/non-core classes but may be exempt from a core class (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) if they meet the criteria.
- Must pass each quarter with a 70 or higher. This standard applies to each subject individually.
- Maintain a grade average of 90 or above for the semester with no more than three “misses” during the semester. This standard applies to each subject individually.
- Maintain a grade average of 80 or above for the semester with no more than two “misses” during the semester. This standard applies to each subject individually.
- Maintain a grade average of 75-79 with no more than one “miss” during the semester. This standard applies to each subject individually.
- Cleared of all fines, fees, or financial obligations owed the school, such as lunch charges, textbook fines, equipment/athletic gear of any kind, library fines, fund-raising proceeds, etc. (must be cleared before exam exemptions can be granted for any subject).
TAKS Clause (2012-13 will be the final year)
In the Spring, Junior Students may be exempt from their core classes if a student passes the Spring Administration of that Exit Level TAKS(Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies) and if they meet the following criteria :
- Pass each quarter with a 70 average or higher. This standard applies to each subject individually.
- Maintain a minimum semester average of 75 for the Spring semester. This standard applies to each subject individually.
- Cleared of all fines, fees and financial obligations.
- Have no more than a total of 9 misses (Absences, ISS, Suspension, and Tardies).
During Semester exam days, students will be required to be in attendance in all classes, including the exempt classes. If a student is absent on semester exam days without a documented excused absence, the student will lose their privilege to be exempt from their classes and will be required to take all of their exams or receive an exam grade of zero for each course not present.
“Misses" From Class Include
- Excused or unexcused absence(s); medical all day
- Three tardies will count as a miss
Violating the Honor Code will cause loss of exemptions
Not Counted as “Miss”
- Funeral absence(s): Any absence for bereavement of an immediate family member which has been documented in writing from the parent/guardian and accompanied by an obituary notice to the building principal within three days of returning to school will not count as a “miss” for up to three (3) bereavement days. Up to three (3) bereavement days will be allowed for the following immediate family members only: -parents and step-parents, other individuals who stand in loco parentis (in place of the parent) to the student,-brother or sister, step-brother, step-sister, grandparents, step-grandparents, aunts, uncles, step-aunts, step-uncles, cousins, or any person who may be residing in the student’s household at the time of illness or death.
- Religious Holy Days: Must be documented in writing as a holy day by the religious organization.
- Any absence which has been documented as being EXTRACURRICULAR, FIELD TRIP, OFFICE, OR NATURAL DISASTER will not be counted as a “miss”.
For Fall exemption purposes, absences/misses will be counted from the 6th day of classes after the start of school. (For the 2012-13 school year, absences/misses for the fall exemptions will count starting September 10.) For Spring exemption purposes, absences/misses will be counted from the first day of the second semester. Absence and cut-off date is the Friday before semester exams.
Students who enroll at FHS with 6 weeks or more remaining in the semester must meet all the criteria required for that semester to obtain exemptions. Students who enroll at FHS with less than 6 weeks remaining in the semester will not be eligible for exemptions.