Grading Guidance 9-12 Grade Students

Posted: Apr 17, 2020

Dear Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design Community,

We hope that you and your family are doing well during this challenging time. As Superintendent Cordova shared yesterday, DPS has provided updated guidance on how grading will work for students in 9-12th grades. We want to share more specific details with you on how grading will work at our school, so you and your student know what to expect in the weeks ahead.

The grades students earned in each course as of April 6, 2020 (the day before our first week of remote learning), will be the lowest possible grades they can receive for this semester — as long as students continue to engage in learning in accordance with our school’s remote learning plan. 

  • Students will be able to improve upon their grades for the rest of this semester.
  • Students will be able to decide on a class-by-class basis which grading option they prefer (credit/no credit OR a letter grade). 
    • Note that the credit/no credit option will not impact students’ GPAs, but students who receive no credit may have to make the course up at a later time.
  • It will be possible for students to make the choice to receive credit for a course instead of a letter grade until May 15th.  
  • For this semester, any F grades will be transcribed as “no credit.” Students will have the opportunity to improve a “no credit” at a later time.

All teachers have created a course calendar (see the Remote Learning Master Schedule under Course Links) which identifies the expectations for the remainder of the school year including all due dates and deadlines. All due dates and deadlines are strictly tied to the essential learnings that teachers have identified for their courses. Teachers will communicate the expectations for their courses clearly, and they will immediately contact students and their parents when students fall behind on the requirements. Teachers will also provide students with revision opportunities to raise their grades on the work that they submit. Please review the new Remote Learning Policy and attend Dr. Cruz’s Community Zoom Meeting to share any questions or concerns on April 22: 10 am, 5pm, or 6:30 pm. 

10 am Zoom Meeting

5 pm Zoom Meeting

  • Meeting ID: 995 9522 1710
  • Password: 6ufEDr

6:30 pm Zoom Meeting

  • Meeting ID: 997 4724 4245
  • Password: 056662

Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to improve remote learning over the coming weeks. Please don’t hesitate to contact your student’s teacher or me with additional questions you may have. 

I look forward to seeing you in our bi-monthly Zoom Meeting!