Traditional letter grades are not used at grades K-1. Rather, letters are used
to represent progress toward mastery. Kindergarten uses Excellent, Satisfactory,
Progressing, and Needs Improvement. First grade uses Secured, Progressing with
help, and Needs Improvement. In addition, first grade reports student
performance using the indicators under each specific subject area. Numbers are
used to communicate level of performance. A 3 indicates Mastered, a 2 indicates
Progressing, and a 1 indicates Needs Improvement.
The District Wide Grading
Scale for grades 2-12 is below.
The curriculum contains a wide variety of course at various levels of academic challenge.
Students are allowed considerable choice and are encouraged to strive for academic excellence.
Grade weighting encourages and rewards students who select courses at more challenging levels
of difficulty. Hamilton Southeastern Schools grade weights high school Honors and Advanced
Placement (AP) classes. AP classes are weighted at twice the level as Honors due to the higher
level of rigor and the opportunity to take the AP exam with implication for possible college
level consideration based on course and exam performances.