Academic Information

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

The following describes our policy with respect to final examinations:

  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. The Ministry of Ed administers final examinations worth 40% of the final mark in selected Grade 12 courses. The Social Studies 11 Provincial Exam is worth 20%. In selected Grade 10 courses, the Provincial Exam is worth 20%.
  5. Final exams in other selected courses may be worth up to 10% to 30% of a student’s final grade (consistent within departments).
  6. 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

A Recognition Ceremony is held near the end of the school year to honour those students who achieved excellence. Students are recognized for academic achievement, citizenship and service. An Athletics Banquet is held in June to honour participants in our athletics program.

Marks

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 (Policy is currently under review for 2016/2017)

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. a student must have all “E”/“G” work ethic symbols

Work Habits Rubric

EXCELLENT (E) GOOD (G) SATISFACTORY (S) NEEDS IMPROVEMENT (N)
RESPONSIBILITY
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.
COOPERATION
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
INDEPENDENCE
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

Passport to Education

The Passport to Education Program recognizes and rewards student achievement in Grades 10 to 12. The intent of the program is to motivate all students to study consistently during the years leading to graduation, and to encourage secondary school students to pursue further education through post-secondary institutions and job-training programs. Passport awards are used to assist students with tuition.

Eligibility/Qualifications:

A student must be:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant at the time of registration at their secondary school). International students are not eligible.
  • Enrolled in Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses and will only qualify once per grade for a Passport Stamp
  • A graduate to earn a Grade 12 stamp. A student does not have to graduate to earn a Grade 10 and/or Grade 11 stamp.
  • Eligible to meet the criteria as determined by his/her secondary school based on the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education

The Provincial Allocation:

  • Is based on a set amount of 9000 stamps which is prorated amongst eligible BC schools
  • Is set at a set value for each year as follows: Grade 10 – $250, Grade 11 – $250, Grade 12 – $500 for a total possible of $1000 towards post secondary tuition

The School Allocation:

  • Is determined by the Ministry of Education, from the annual 1701 enrolment count for each of Grades 10, 11 and 12 as of September 30th
  • Is based on the number of students who are enrolled in five or more courses in one school calendar year

For students registered in a regular school and a Distance Learning (DL) school in September, and are enrolled in five or more courses in one calendar year between the two schools, the stamp allocation shall go to the School of Record (priority school for funding)

Students on accelerated programs taking less than five courses will not have been included in this allocation.

The NPSS Criteria will include a student’s:

  • Academic standing/GPA
  • Work Habits (No N’s in a final term of a course)
  • School-wide behaviour (no suspensions or misconducts on record in the school year in which a passport award is being considered) – students who have been suspended from school may apply to have their Passport privileges reinstated. This must be done, however, before the end of June.
  • Schedule containing at least five courses in the year the passport award is being considered – students on accelerated programs will need to take this into consideration and plan their schedules accordingly over the three year period and choose to take additional courses in their Grade 12 year to meet the minimum requirement for a stamp if they wish to be eligible.

Grade 12 students must be taking five courses plus Grad Transitions and be graduating to meet the criteria for a Grade 12 Passport Stamp.

**Post secondary/dual credit courses are not included in the count of five as other tuition assistance is available for these.

After stamps have been awarded each year, it is the student’s responsibility to address any questions/concerns about the Passport stamp prior to November 15 of the following school year.

Passport allocation process:

  • Upon determination of eligibility for a passport award, the stamp will be placed in the student’s Passport Booklet.
  • This will be done at the end of each school year (in August) after provincial exam results have been blended with school marks to produce a final grade.
  • Parents and students will be notified by letter that the passport stamp has been awarded.
  • The Passport Booklet will be kept on file at the school until graduation and then mailed to the student with instructions on how to redeem the dollar value.
  • If a student moves to another B.C. school during the three-year period, the booklet will be forwarded to their next school.
  • If a student transfers to another BC school mid-year, the two schools will discuss whether all of the criteria of the two schools have been met before being awarded a stamp by the school where the student was registered in September.

Passport redemption process:

  • Upon graduation the Passport Booklet will be mailed to the student with redemption instructions.
  • A qualifying educational program or course should last at least three consecutive weeks, and requires a student to spend no less than 10 hours per week on courses or work in the program. A one-day course is not an acceptable program.
  • Stamps may be used inside or outside of British Columbia – however the redemption process will differ.
  • As of September 2004, the expiry date of Passport to Education stamps was extended to five years from September 30th of a student’s expected graduating year.

Lost Passports:

  • In the case of Passport Awards (stamps) known to be lost or destroyed, students must contact their secondary school to report the lost award (stamps).