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The academic program is based on a four-year sequence.  It is the desire and purpose of WWVA faculty to provide quality instruction and excellence in scholastic standards. Each student will be given a class program that fits his/her interests and ability level. In addition, every student is expected to maintain positive academic growth each semester in order to retain attendance privileges.

A general diploma requires a student have a minimum of 230 credits. An Enriched Diploma, or College Prep Diploma require 270 credits with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Students should be aware that graduation requirements are not the same as college entrance requirements. This is why careful planning is necessary in the selection of yearly coursework. Every student must earn five credits of Bible for each semester she/he is enrolled. Bible classes are to be taken from a WWVA instructor or through Griggs International Academy.

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Units of Credit: Five credits are granted for a class that meets for a minimum of 225 minutes per week for 18 weeks. Ten credits are equivalent to one Carnegie unit.

Diplomas

Enriched Diploma Specialization: Five credits are granted for a class that meets for a minimum of 225 minutes per week for 18 weeks. Ten credits are equivalent to one Carnegie unit. Talk to the Vice Principal for Academics or respective department instructor for enrichment requirements.

Enriched

Class Eligibility: Students expecting to join a class must have the following number of credits at the start of the current school year:  Sophomores 60, Juniors 110, Seniors 160. A senior who comes to WWVA needing 70 credits or more will be classified as a junior until grades are re-evaluated at the end of first semester. At that time if she/he is passing appropriate courses and on track to graduate, she/he will be moved to senior class status.

Class Load: A minimum class load is six classes per semester. Students who want to take more than six classes or 60 credits per year should seek the advice of parents and the Vice Principal for Academics.  If a part-time student takes three or more classes, one of the classes must be a Bible class. Basic class schedules are as follows

ClassStanding

A maximum of 55 credits of music and physical education/health may be allowed toward meeting minimum graduation requirements. No more than 35 credits are allowed in either area. Participation in commencement is contingent upon a student successfully completing all required and elective courses necessary to earning the minimum number of credits for a general diploma. Seniors must be taking a minimum of six classes, exclusive of teacher assistant, work assignments and off-campus credits, during the second semester to participate in graduation services. The Academic Standards Committee must approve exceptions to this policy.

 

 

 

Grading Policy

Grade reports of scholarship are mailed to parent(s)/guardian(s) at the close of each nine-week quarter and available via internet for each class. Parents are invited to examine these reports and to contact teachers or the Vice Principal for Academics with any questions concerning the grades received. Only semester grades earned by thestudent are final and recorded on his/her transcript.

Terminology: GPA is Grade Point Average. Current GPA refers to the GPA earned during a Quarter or semester.  A cumulative GPA is your accumulated GPA.

Gradepoint

Honor cords and Enriched or College Prep diplomas will be determined by the academic standing at the end of the seventh semester. High honor cords are reserved for those with a cumulative 3.75 to 4.00 GPA and honor cords are for those with a 3.50 to 3.74 GPA.