• Promotion 

          Students are expected to achieve passing grades to be promoted to the next grade level.  Students must have a passing grade in all core classes along with a cumulative 2.0 GPA in order to participate in the 8th grade end-of-year activities, including the Promotion Ceremony.   Please refer to the board policy for promotion.

         In addition to meeting the academic criteria, students must meet the following criteria in order to participate in the end of the year activities:

    • All detentions must be served.
    • All textbooks must be returned.
    • All library obligations must be met.
    • All OCI loaner clothes must be returned

         Additionally, receiving the following may disqualify students: suspension, OCI referral, bus referral, truancy (period), truancy (day), or Saturday school.

         An eligibility letter, which explains all of this information, is distributed to students and sent home to parents for signatures.


    The classroom teacher shall determine the grade given to each student in the class.  In the absence of clerical or mechanical mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence the grade shall be final. The site/district administration and the governing board of the school district shall make the determination as to whether mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence exists in relation to an achievement grade. The Education Code shall govern the determination of grades given to students (Education Code 49066).

         Grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of graded classes.  For example, an“A” = 4 pts., “B” = 3 pts., “C” = 2 pts., “D” = 1 pt., and “F” = 0 pts.

         No Mark (NM) is given if a student has been entered in a class/school for less than ten (10) school days.

          Incomplete (I) is given when a student has been absent during the latter part of a grading period and has made prior arrangements with the teacher to make up the work.  Incomplete is given only if the student was passing the class when present.  Work completed to remove the “incomplete” must be done within ten (10) days after the end of the quarter or the grade will be changed to “F”.

     Progress Report/Deficiency Notice

         Parents are mailed progress reports every six weeks.  This is a means of notifying parents that students are not performing at acceptable standards.  Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teachers to rectify the problem.

     Homework Policy

         The Alvord Unified School District Homework Policy specifies that middle school students should have approximately one and one-half hours of homework each night.  Students will be expected to keep a daily record of all class and homework assignments and obtain a parent’s signature Monday through Friday.   All homework must be turned in on time.  Late homework may receive less or no credit.

     Assignment Sheets

         Weekly assignment sheets are handed out and collected the first school day of each week.  Students must write lesson objective and classwork/homework each day and secure a parent signature each night. 

    Honor Roll

         All students obtaining a grade point average of 3.5 to 4.0 will be placed on the Principal’s Honor Roll.   Students receiving an average of 3.0 to 3.49 will be placed on Honor Roll.  Students must receive a letter grade in each of their six courses to qualify for awards