GRADING AND CLASS RANK
Honors Courses and Advanced Placement courses, as noted on transcript, receive one additional grade point unit (A=5.0, B=4.0, etc.) Academic subjects meet five days per week for periods of 85 minutes for one semester There are two marking periods each semester. Final grades are calculated as follows: two marking periods at 40% of grades for each plus 20% for the final examination. For grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, students receive letter grade assessments of A, B, C, and F. The standard for passing is 70%. Class rank is computed at the end of each semester for all students. An official class rank is computed at the end of each school year. All students are ranked together by grade. Community service is exempt from the rank.
Many of our students participate in Dual Enrollment programs offered at Northampton Community College. We also offer a University Scholars Program for our top students with Lehigh University, Moravian College, Lafayette College and DeSales University. Our Business and Technology Department offers a seven credit certificate program in Accounting, Marketing, Information Processing and Finance & Banking. Our Fine and Practical Arts Department offers a certificate program for students who plan to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. Vocational and technical education is available for all students through Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School, and their program includes senior honors programs in engineering, in cooperation with Lafayette College and a medical academy, through Lehigh Valley Health Network.