2420 High School Grade and Credit Marking
It is the policy of the Seattle School Board that its high school students receive grades and credits in a manner that is understandable, accurate, and consistent across the District.
The District shall employ a uniform eleven-point weighted grading system at the high school level, awarding the following marks:
A , A- , B+ , B , B- , C+ , C , C- , D+ , D , E ,
A “D” mark is the lowest passing grade; an “E” mark indicates failure. The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee shall establish and post a Seattle School District Uniform Grading Scale, which details the corresponding percentage grade range for each of the eleven grade marks. The Seattle Public Schools transcripts show official grade point averages (GPAs), as mandated by state law.
Honors courses receiving an additional .5 Quality Point and courses eligible to receive college credit from an accredited institution, such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College in the High School and Running Start courses receiving an additional 1.0 Quality Point. Quality Points are used to calculate District weighted GPA, but per state law, may not be used to calculate official GPA. The marks of “P”, “N”, “W”, and “I” may be used only under specific circumstances in the manner set forth in the K-12 School Counseling Manual.
Students may retake courses in-district to attempt to earn a higher grade. If a student retakes a course to attempt to earn a higher grade, only the highest grade received will be counted towards the student’s grade point average. However, a record of all classes taken, including the grades received, will remain on the student’s transcript and the student will receive credit towards graduation for only one of the courses.
The course in the middle school must meet or exceed the requirements for the same high school course and be on the Seattle Public Schools approved course list. For a middle school course to be counted as equivalent to a high school course, it must be taught by a teacher qualified to teach the course at the high school level.
Middle schools that wish to offer alternative learning experiences, such as an online or computer based program at the high school level, overseen by school staff, must contact the Department of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for approval.
A grade and/or credit change can only be made by the teacher of record for the specific course at issue or by the Principal of the school where the course was taken and the change is being requested due to either a math error or bias. If the student has left the school where the course at issue was taken, any grade and/or credit change by either the teacher of record or the Principal must be reviewed and approved with signature by a director of schools P-12.
High school grade level standing is determined by a combination of credit attainment and/or chronology and, in the case of Home Based Instruction students, age. After each semester, standing will be updated according to the following table:
Grade Level Promotion Criteria
Grade 9 Successful Promotion from 8th, 0.00-5.99 credits Grade 10 6.0-11.99 credits or completion of one year of high school Grade 11 12-17.99 credits or completion of two years of high school Grade 12 18* credits or completion of three years of high school.
*15 credit promotion applies for students in the classes of 2016-2020. For students in the class of 2021 and beyond, senior promotion will occur when 18 credits have been earned.
Being placed at a given grade level does not eliminate the need to complete all local and state graduation requirements if a student is attempting to earn a diploma through Seattle Public Schools.
Students for whom a “Declaration of Intent to Home School” form is on file with Seattle Public School shall be enrolled in high school according to the following schedule:
Students will be assigned the appropriate grade level during the enrollment process. Being placed at a given grade level does not eliminate the need to complete all graduation requirements if the student is attempting to earn a diploma through Seattle Public Schools.
A student must have attained at least Junior/11th grade status in order to enroll in Running Start, per the Running Start regulations. For the purposes of Running Start enrollment only, a student may be considered a Junior/11th grade either by reaching age 16 and placing into 100-level or credit-earning college classes through the college placement exam. The college placement exam is given at the community colleges and students are responsible for paying the exam fee.
The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee(s) shall maintain the Counseling Services Manual as the administrative procedures that further implement this Policy.