Academic Information

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The following describes our policy with respect to Final Exams:

  1. All students will complete a final assessment in all subjects unless otherwise authorized by the principal or designate.
  2. In order to keep the examination period at the end of each semester as short as possible, English, Social Studies, Sciences, and Math exams will usually be scheduled in the examination period. Examinations for all other courses will be held during extended classes prior to the formal examination period. Exceptions may be authorized by the principal.
  3. Examinations are generally scheduled for 1.5 – 3 hours
  4. Final exams in other selected courses may be worth up to 10% to 30% of a student’s final grade (consistent within departments).
  5. In order to successfully complete a course, a student must complete the final assessment.

Exam Regulations

  1. a. Students should be at the examination room 20 minutes before the exam starts if possible. Teachers should arrive 30 minutes before the exam begins where possible. Students will be expected to return texts prior to the exam. The signal to start the examination will be given by the examination supervisor.

b. Students are expected to be in the room for In-Class Examinations at the normally scheduled time. Students who show up late will initially be allowed the remaining time to write. However, teachers may wish to consult with the administration to determine if section 3 of these regulations applies.

  1. a. No student will be permitted to leave the examination room within one hour of the start of the examination and if a student does leave, (s)he will not be permitted to return during the examination. In an emergency situation, the student may be allowed to leave if accompanied by a supervisor.

b. During “In-Class” Examinations, no student will be dismissed early for the duration of the class. Once the student has completed the examination, teachers may permit the student to work on other school assigned tasks (e.g. studying for a different course exam).

c. No food is allowed at students’ desks during an exam (cough candies are acceptable). Drinks will be allowed provided they are not distracting to others.

d. No hats or jackets are to be worn during the exam. Students are advised to bring sweaters or sweat shirts in order to be prepared for a cold room.

  1. No student shall be permitted to enter the examination room after thirty (30) minutes from the start of any examination. It is the student’s responsibility to report at the time scheduled for the examination. An error in reading the timetable is not automatically an acceptable reason for allowing a student to write the examination. An opportunity to write may only be authorized by the Principal or his designate. A review committee may be involved to consider exceptional circumstances. Note these regulations apply to In-Class Examinations as well.
  2. An approved scientific calculator must be a hand-held device designed only for mathematical computations such as logarithmic and trigonometric functions. It can be programmable, and may contain graphing capabilities. You must not have any devices to support calculators such as manuals, printed or electronic cards, printers, memory expansion chips, or cards, or keyboards. Calculators may not have the ability to receive or transmit electronic signals. Students may have more than one calculator. The calculator cannot be a pocket computer. Calculators may not be shared.
  3. Cell phones or other electronic devices not specifically authorized for exam purposes are strictly prohibited.
  4. It is the responsibility of each individual student to be in the correct exam room at the correct time. Exam timetables will be posted in classrooms and/or notice boards in advance of when the exam schedule begins.
  5. Students with examination timetable conflicts must see an administrator and their teacher at least 48 hours in advance to arrange alternate times. The classroom teacher must resolve in-class conflicts in the first two days of examinations. It is the student’s responsibility to be in the correct room at the correct time. PROVINCIAL EXAMINATIONS HAVE ABSOLUTE PRIORITY.
  6. No student shall give or be given assistance of any kind during the examination. Students are not permitted to take into the exam area any book, paper, or anything else from which assistance in the examination could be obtained. Students will not talk or whisper during the exam and shall face the front of the room with their papers flat on the desktop.

9.   Students who want teacher assistance must raise their hand and wait for their teacher to come to them. Should any student be found cheating or aiding cheating, the supervisor shall confiscate the examination paper immediately. The examination and any confiscated materials will be given to the principal, with a complete explanation of the circumstances.

10. The order to stop writing must be obeyed immediately.

  1. Students who are too late for, or miss an examination without prior approval of the principal may be allowed to write at a later time only in very exceptional circumstances.

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO PROVINCIAL EXAMS. These exams can only be written on the days set by the Ministry.

These guidelines will be used to determine exceptional circumstances:

  1. At what point in the day did the student report to the principal to inform him of the missed exam?
  2. What was the reason given for absence during the scheduled exam? Was the absence unavoidable?
  3. Did the student phone the school to explain any unforeseen delay?
  4. The student’s history in the course regarding attendance, assignment completion, work habits, etc.

A review committee, which will consist of the principal, the specific teacher involved, and the council representative, may need to meet with the student to discuss the absence in light of the guidelines. The student will be informed of the decision immediately following the end of this meeting.

Recognition for Excellence


The following scale for marks is used at NPSS:

A: 86% to 100%                                    C: 60% to 66%

B: 73% to 85%                                       C-: 50% to 59%

C+: 67% to 72%                                    “I”: Incomplete

“In Progress or Incomplete” (I) means the student, for a variety of reasons, is not demonstrating minimally acceptable performance in relation to the expected learning outcomes.

Honour Roll

The Honour Roll recognizes academic achievement throughout the year. A seven point scale is used in its calculation with an A=7, B=6, C+=5 and so on. For the purposes of Honour Roll calculation, only marks at C or above will be used. In addition, there must be no “N’s” for work habits or incident(s) of suspension from class/school for that term.

A stamp on the report card will indicate honours standing. To receive special Honour Roll recognition at the end of the year, a student must have qualified for Honour Roll status three consecutive terms. In June, students will be recognized for achieving this status.

Principal’s List                7.0 point average

Gold Honours                 6.5 point average

Burgundy Honours          6.0 point average

The status of a student with one or more “Incomplete” (I) as a grade will NOT qualify for the Honour Roll unless the student has completed the required work to have the “I” changed to a regular grade. Each situation will be reviewed on an individual basis, as some programs require a different evaluation process.

Work Ethics

This recognition will be given to students who have demonstrated good work ethics. Report card symbols “E”, “G”, “S”, and “N” are used as indicators.

The symbols are based on student attendance, attitude, behavior, effort, participation, preparation and general work ethic. In order to achieve recognition for Work Ethics, a student must:

  1. be enrolled in three or more courses per semester
  2. have all “E”/“G” work ethic symbols

Work Habits Rubric

Attendance Always attends class (unless excused) Consistently attends class (unless excused) Usually attends class Frequently absent
Punctuality Always on time Consistently on time Usually on time Frequently late (habitually)
Prepared materials Always prepared for class Consistently prepared for class Usually prepared for class Unprepared for class
Task Completion Assignments are always completed Assignments are completed consistently Assignments are usually completed Assignments often incomplete / not done
Academic Integrity Work is original. Where appropriate sources are accurately cited. Work is original. Where appropriate sources are consistently cited. Work is original. Where appropriate sources are usually cited. Work is not original. Sources not cited.
Participation High degree of positive and meaningful participation initiated by student Participates and/or makes a positive contribution in class Usually participates and/or makes a positive contribution in class Seldom participates and rarely contributes in class
Follows Instructions Always listens and follows teacher instructions Consistently listens and follows teacher instructions Usually listens and follows teacher instructions Rarely listens and follows teacher instructions
Respect for Diversity Always interacts with those who differ in opinion Interacts with those who differ in opinion Usually interacts with those who differ in opinion May passively avoid working with those who differ in some way
Focus Always works without direct supervision; always on task Works without direct supervision: on task Usually works without direct supervision: on task Seldom works without direct supervision
Responsibility for Work Actively seeks out personal growth and learning opportunities Seeks extra help when needed Usually seeks extra help when needed Does not seek help when needed