Academic Guideline

* In order to promote both breadth and depth in a student's academic program, the faculty has voted the following guidelines, which are in addition to the diploma requirements listed above. These represent what the faculty strongly urges students to do. The advisers recognize that there will always be some acceptable student programs that do not follow these guidelines.

* All students, including Seniors, normally carry five courses each term, but students who take at least three courses designated advanced or honors courses may carry a four-course program. (See below.) All Juniors and Lowers should take English and mathematics every term.

* By the end of Lower year, each four-year student should have taken some science.

* All Uppers should take English all year.

* In their Upper and Senior years, students should take a total of at least two-semesters of mathematics and science.

* All Seniors should take, during each term, a course in which they do some writing in the English language.

* All one-year Seniors should take one term of music. All three- and four-year students will be advised to take more than the minimum diploma requirements in the arts (music).

Advanced Placement Courses

A large number of Smart Academy/Christian School students take College Board Advanced Placement Tests in May to establish advanced placement in college courses or credit toward the college degree. Advanced Placement examinations are offered in American History, Art History, Art Studio, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Language and Literature, Environmental Science, European History, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Government and Politics, Latin Virgil, Literature, Mathematics, Music Listening, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Literature, and Statistics.

Independent Projects

A Senior, whose academic record satisfies specified criteria, may apply for the privilege of doing an Independent Project in lieu of a course. Being granted permission to do an Independent Project requires the availability of a faculty mentor to supervise the project; a favorable evaluation of the merits of the proposal; and final approval by the dean of studies and the registrar. At the conclusion of the project, the student receives a grade of Honors, Pass or Fail.

Course Enrollments and Cancellations

The school reserves the right to cancel, at any time up to the third day of classes, any advertised course in which enrollment is judged to be unacceptably small. Likewise, the school has the right to restrict enrollment in any course when sign-ups exceed the departmentally determined course capacity. Students who are enrolled in the first term of a continuing course may have priority in subsequent terms.

Transferring and Dropping Courses

To transfer or drop a course, a student must obtain a signed Course Drop/Add Slip from the administration. Section changes (same course, different time or teacher) must be approved by the department chair. No student may transfer into a class without an official transfer slip signed by the administration. Transfers into term-contained courses must take place during the first five calendar class days of the term. No course may be dropped after the end of the third week of classes of any term. Students wishing to drop yearlong or Two-Term (T2) courses prior to the normal end of the course, and after the first five calendar class days of the course, may do so only by gaining the approval of the administration and instructor.

Failing Semester and Courses Grades

Unless stated to the contrary in a department or course description, a student who receives a failing semester grade has the option of making up the failure by passing an examination administered by the academic department involved. The timing of any make-up examination is at the mutual convenience of the student and the department.

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