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1415 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
Courier #: 482
P: 980-343-5500  |  F: 980-343-5593 
Principal: Melody Sears
LC: Central 2
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: 6-12
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Grading Policy, revised 8/13/20 

NORTHWEST Grading Policy revised 2020.pdf


The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for all teachers in grading student progress.

  • All activities that occur during an evaluation period must be considered for evaluation.
  • Assessed activities may include homework, class work, class participation, performances, projects, reports,  quizzes, and tests.
  • Students must be assessed by comprehensive exam at the midterm (semester), and at the end of each course in both the middle and high school. Middle School midterm exams will be recorded in the grade book as a formal assessment. The end-of-year or final exam may be a teacher made exam, North Carolina exam, EOG exam (End-of-Grade), or End-of-Course exam (EOC).
  • Teachers will grade assessed activities using the following percentages:

High School - 70% formal assessments (tests, projects, performances, portfolio)

30% informal assessments (homework, class work, quiz)

Middle School – 65% formal assessments (tests, projects, reports)

35% informal assessments (homework, quiz, class work, notebook checks)

Note: Formal and informal activities are not limited to this list.

●  A minimum of four (4) common formal assessments for 4X4 classes and two (2) for A/B classes aligned to content standards must be evaluated in each class and recorded for each evaluation period (quarter, semester, and end-of-year).

●  Assessments must be standards-based and measure students’ level of mastery (80%).

●  All projects and class participation grades must be graded by a rubric that has been shared with students and parents (paper copy, web page) prior to the assessments and/or assignment.

●  All graded assignments must be aligned with content standards. Parent signatures, bringing in classroom supplies, and/ or can goods are not acceptable grades. ALL ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE ALIGNED WITH COURSE STANDARDS.

●  Students must be provided the opportunity to retest on any formal assessment where mastery (80%) has not been demonstrated. The student must arrange with the teacher for retesting WITHIN 5 DAYS OF THE ORIGINAL ASSESSMENT. The opportunity to retest is provided “ONLY” after remediation (tutoring, re-looping, or reteaching). The highest score on a retest will be 80%.

●  Students who miss homework or other assignments or due dates because of absences (excused or unexcused) must be allowed to make-up the work. Only students with excused absences will receive full credit for late assignments made up within 5 school days of their return to school. In all circumstances, late work will be accepted and graded even when turned in after the due date with a maximum grade of 50%.

●  Student work must be evaluated and grades must be recorded in PowerSchool in a timely manner (within 5 school days of the original due date).

●  Grades will not be used in a punitive manner.

●  Students must receive an initial score earned for an assignment or attempted assessment. Students must receive a “zero” (0) for an assignment or assessment on which the student made no attempt.

The following grading scale will apply to both Middle and High School:

90-100 = A 

80 - 89 = B 

70 - 79 = C 


0 - 59 = F

Grade Point Average calculations will be applied as follows:

A: 90 – 100 = 4.0 

B: 80 - 89 = 3.0 

C: 70 - 79 = 2.0 

D:60- 69=1.0 

F: <59

Dress Code Policy

Appropriate dress encourages respectful behavior and helps reduce distractions to the school environment. In accordance with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, the following dress code for students at NWSA has been established:
  1. Students are required to wear shoes at all times for health and safety reasons.
  2. Students are required to wear shirts at all times.
  3. Abusive, suggestive or profane language, symbols of illegal drugs or alcohol, or any other words, symbols,
    or slogans that disrupt the learning environment may not be worn on clothing or as jewelry.
  4. All clothing must be worn in an appropriate and tasteful manner. No attire is acceptable if too tight or too
  5. Shorts and Skirts must be fingertip length even if leggings/tights are worn.

The following items will NOT be worn at school:

  • Tank tops, tops with spaghetti straps, halter tops, strapless tops and jerseys with no sleeves. Straps
    must be three (3) fingers wide.
  • Bedroom shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Pants worn below the waist or showing clothing beneath the main outerwear
  • Shirts exposing the stomach, being excessively tight, see-through or low cut in the back. No cleavage
    can be exposed.
  • Headgear: scarves, bandannas, stocking caps, hoods, hats, headphones, towels, sunglasses, doo-rags,
    sweatbands and combs.
  • Anything not listed, but deemed disruptive to the learning environment, will be addressed individually by the staff.

Students who do not follow dress code:

1st offense – Written warning, phone call home and a change of clothes will be brought to school. If parent/guardian cannot bring a change of clothing the student will be assigned to ISS (In School Suspension) for the rest of the day.
2nd offense and all subsequent offenses – Administrative Consequence, phone call home.

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Dress Code Policy

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