Exam Exemption Policy
Eligibility Criteria for Exemptions
1. A student must have a grade average of 80 or above in the course for which he/she is seeking a final exam exemption.
2. A student must have no more than three absences in the course for which he/she is seeking a final exam exemption. Absences are counted up to the day the exam is administered. School- related absences do not count for purposes of this rule.
3. An exemption from a final exam is not granted if during the semester the student is sent to Saturday class more than once, serves any time at the alternative school, or receives any suspension or expulsion including ISS.
Any student meeting these criteria may earn exemptions from no more than two final exams in a semester. Students may not be exempt from a final in the same courses for consecutive semesters in the same school year.
· Students who register after the fifth day of a semester are not eligible for final exam exemptions. Transfer students have the responsibility to provide attendance and disciplinary information from the previous school to be considered for exemptions.
· Second semester graduating seniors are eligible for exemption from all final exams if all eligibility criteria are satisfied.
· Any student who qualifies for an exemption has the option to take the final exam. However, the grade received on the exam will be computed in the final semester average. The final exam is weighted at 20% of the semester grade. The numerical average for the two nine-week periods will be the semester grade if the student is exempt and does not take a final.
· A student enrolled in dual-credit courses with Lone Star College – Kingwood is required to take a final exam. Campuses are prohibited from exempting students from the final for any reason, including exemptions based on grades and/or attendance. In addition, final exams must be administered during the scheduled examination period. Many dual credit courses require a full year of instruction in the high school to achieve 3 hours of college credit. Example: Algebra III (Math 1314). Students take this course for an entire year to gain 3 hours credit that a student taking the course for college credit only would earn in a semester. For these courses, a final exam is required at the end of the high school year when the college credit is awarded. Therefore students currently in courses that will earn three college credit hours in May will be required to take a final exam at the end of the second semester and cannot be exempt. . No final exam is required at the end of the first semester for these dual credit classes and high school exemption policies apply.
For those courses that award 6 college credit hours (credit for two college courses over the course of the entire school year) a final exam must be administered at the end of each high school semester. Students cannot be exempt from these final exams.
The dual credit courses currently in that model are:
· US History (1301/1302)
· Precalculus (1316/2412)
· Calculus BC (2413/2414)
For these classes a final exam is required at the end of both semesters.
When final exams are administered, grades that will be submitted to the college will be calculated to include the final exam. If the student meets the high school exemption requirements, grades submitted for the high school report card will be calculated without the final exam.