• Academic Policies and Procedures


    Grading Scale

    The grading scale for all high schools is as follows:

    A   93-100

    B   85-92

    C   75-84

    D   70-74

    F   Below 70

    For detailed grading information, please refer to JMCSS Board Policy 4.600


    Grade Placement Requirements

    Students are assigned to a specific grade level according to the number of credits earned by the beginning of the school year. Grade placement remains the same for the entire school year. 


    Assignments at JCM Early College High, Liberty, North Side and South Side will be made as follows: 

    Freshman..........Successful completion of 8th grade

    Sophomore........Minimum of 6 credits passed

    Junior................Minimum of 12 credits passed

    Senior................Minimum of 18 credits passed


    Assignments at Madison Academic will be made as follows:

    Freshman..........Successful completion of 8th grade

    Sophomore........Minimum of 6 credits passed

    Junior................Minimum of 14 credits passed

    Senior................Minimum of 20 credits passed


    Schedule Changes

    All schedules are considered final when they are distributed on the first day of school. Revisions may be made for one of the following reasons:


    1. Student failed to take or successfully pass a prerequisite course.

    2. Student failed a course required for graduation.

    3. Student failed a course, registered for the course again, and was assigned the same instructor.

    4. Student has an unbalanced schedule among academic and elective courses between terms.

    5. Student is enrolled in a subject for which credit has already been earned.

    6. Schedule adjustment is required because the course taken in summer school or credit recovery. 


    Honors Courses

    Honors courses (H) will include the addition of 3 points to the grades used to calculate the term average. Advanced Placement (AP) courses will include the addition of 5 points to the grades used to calculate the term average. 


    Honors courses will substantially exceed the content standards, learning standards, and performance indicators approved by the State Board of Education. All honors courses must include multiple assessments exemplifying coursework (such as short answer, constructed-response prompts, performance-based tasks, open-ended questions, essays, original or creative interpretations, authentic products, portfolios, and analytical writing). Additionally, an honors course shall include a minimum of five of the following components:


    1. Extended reading assignments that connect with the specified curriculum.

    2. Research-based writing assignments that address and extend the course curriculum.

    3. Projects that apply course curriculum to relevant or real-world situations. These may include oral presentations, PowerPoint presentations, or other modes of sharing findings. Connection of the project to the community is encouraged. 

    4. Open-ended investigations in which the student selects the questions and designs the research.

    5. Writing assignments that demonstrate a variety of modes, purposes, and styles.

    - Examples of mode include narrative, descriptive, persuasive, expository, and expressive.

    - Examples of purpose include to inform, entertain, and persuade.

    - Examples of style include formal, informal, literary, analytical, and technical.

    6. Integration of appropriate technology into the course of study. 

    7. Deeper exploration of the culture, values, and history of the discipline.

    8. Extensive opportunities for problem-solving experiences through imagination, critical analysis, and application. 

    9. Job shadowing experiences with presentations which connect class study to the world of work. 


    Non-discrimination Policy

    "It is the policy of the Jackson-Madison County School System not to discriminate on the basis of sex, color, national origin, creed, age, marital status, or disability in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by a Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973."

    Inquiries or completed grievance forms should be referred to: 


    Student Services

    310 North Parkway

    Jackson, TN 38305