Grading Policy

Grading Policy

 School-wide Grading Policy 

The following school-wide grading policy is based on Chancellor’s Regulations and city-wide academic policy and serves as the structure for departmental grading policies. 

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts offers a semester-based instructional model, with a fall and a spring semester. Each semester is comprised of three marking periods. 

Teachers complete an Interim Report through PupilPath, between marking periods, for students at risk of failing a course. 

Areas of Assessment

Grading is based on student mastery of the learning standards and competencies addressed in each. Course grades are based on the following four areas of assessment. 

1. Major Assessments 

a. Tests/ Quizzes 

b. Essays 

c. Projects/Presentations 

d. Performance/Portfolio - Based Activities 

2. Classwork/Class Participation/Science Labs 

3. Class Preparation/Homework 

4. Mid-Term and Final Exams/Culminating Studio Events 


Areas of Assessment Weight

Each department has a uniform percentage weight for each of the four areas of assessment, and this information is clearly communicated to families through each course syllabus. 

Grade categories are weighted differently for Academics & Studios. 


1. Assessments 50% 

2. Classwork 25% 

3. Homework 15% 

4. Final Exam or Regents 10% 



The grading structure is below. Please note that this may vary based on the epistemology of the subject. 

1. Assessments 20% 

2. Classwork 60% 

3. Homework 10% 

4. Final Exam 10% 

Attendance is critical to ensuring student learning. Students do not fail a course solely due to excessive absences. Attendance is factored into a student grade through class participation. 

Grading Scale

Teachers give grades according to the following: 

● Passing: 65-100 in increments of 1 (effective 2012/2013 school year) 

● Failing grade: 55 

● The numeric grade of 45 will be given when the student does not report to class (A failing grade of 45 denotes No Show/Non-attendance). 

● NX: Students with documented, extreme and extenuating circumstances and with approval from the Assistance Principal of Guidance may receive a final grade of an ‘NX’, which indicates Incomplete. Any student who receives an ‘NX’ for a course will have until the end of the following semester to complete the work for a passing grade. Students unable to complete the work in the following semester will maintain the NX grade. A grade of NX does not confer credit and is neither passing nor failing; in order for credit to be conferred, the student will need to take the course. The written documentation must be submitted to the guidance office by the parent or guardian for the grade of NX to be considered. 

● NL: Students should receive a grade of NL if they are new to your class and have not submitted/completed sufficient work to be able to fairly determine a grade. A grade of “NL” denotes “new student”. 

All students on the class roster must receive a grade at the end of the marking period. If a student is unable to perform in Dance or PE, the student must be provided with alternate assignments, which can be assessed and used as a basis to award a grade.

Grading Logistics 

Credit is awarded at the end of each semester, in January and June. Marking Period grades are an indicator as to a student’s grades as of a particular date. Marking periods are cumulative. Each marking period grade reflects the cumulative work of the student up to that point. The third marking period in each semester represents the final grade, and this grade is recorded on the transcript. Semester grades are cumulative and not an average of the three Marking Periods. 

Makeup Assignments or Late Work Considered in the Final Grade 

Teachers need to have a late/make up work policy in their course syllabus. When students are given the opportunity to make up assignments, e.g., there is a documented excused absence, blackout, or agreement between the teacher and the student, those assignments must be handed in and graded during the same marking period. 

Teachers may decline late work if there is no documented excused absence, blackout, or agreement between the teacher and the student.