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Academic Policy
CURRICULUM AND ACADEMIC POLICY

The curriculum of De La Salle Institute is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive education rooted firmly in the traditions of the Catholic faith. The sequence of courses is designed to develop the student spiritually, academically, artistically and physically.

Since De La Salle is a comprehensive high school, the curriculum is structured to provide a thorough education, while meeting the individual needs of the student. To provide such an education, De La Salle offers a wide range of programs leading to the diploma. The De La Salle curriculum includes an Honors Program, a College Preparatory Program, and a LaSalle College Prep Program. A full description of the curriculum may be found in the Curriculum Guide published annually.

HONORS PROGRAM

Honors Program students will be required to take six classes each year and a minimum of five Honors Classes as specified in the Curriculum Guide. To graduate with an Honors diploma, the student must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above and successfully complete the Independent Honors Research Project (SS259).

COLLEGE PREPARATORY PROGRAM

De La Salle offers a program to prepare students for college work. The courses and sequences listed in the Curriculum Guide are designed to provide the student with sufficient background for a college education.

THE LASALLE COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM

The College Prep Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study college preparatory courses at a less rigorous pace. It is designed to prepare the student for entrance into college, junior college, professional school and/or the workplace.

GUIDELINES FOR TAKING EXTRA COURSES

A student may take extra courses upon the approval of his/her guidance counselor and the assistant principal, in addition to any required Division approval. This approval will be based on the student's ability to handle an extra class, as demonstrated in his/her previous academic performance. Placement in the course depends on availability during the student's free period.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION Currently, the following 25 credits are required to graduate from De La Salle, beginning with the Class of 2021 (Students in the Class of 2020 should refer to the Curriculum Guide for their 23 credit graduation requirements):

7.0 credits Division of Social Sciences (Dean: Mr. John Brogan)

  • to be distributed in the following way:
  • 3.5 credits in Theology (4 years of Religion)
  • 3.0 credits in Social Studies (Includes Civics Education, (IL & US Constitution Exam and American Government)
  • 1. 5credit in U. S. History(includes American Government & Constitution Exam)
  • 0.5 credit in Consumer Education

7.0 credits Division of Language Arts (Dean: Ms. Carrie Contreras)

  • -to be distributed in the following way:
  • 4.0 credits in English
  • 2.0 credits in Foreign Language
  • 0.5 credit in Fine Arts
  • 0.5 credit Intro to DLS Academics

7.0 credits Division of Applied Sciences (Dean: Mr. Dale Burke)

  • -to be distributed in the following way:
  • 3.0 credits in Mathematics
  • 2.5 credits in Science
  • 1.5 credits in Physical Education

4. 0 credits in Elective Courses

  • -included, but not limited to: math, science, drama, band, art, accounting, law, language, history.

Transfer students to De La Salle are subject to the requirements listed on their individual Academic Agreement filed by the Assistant Principal. If a student transfers from a public school to De La Salle, the requirement for religion is waived for the time spent in public school.

PARTICIPATION IN GRADUATION

In order to participate in the graduation exercises, a student has to have met all the requirements listed above, and must be current in tuition and fees. Students deficient in any credits, failing any senior courses, whether required or elective, or has outstanding financial obligations to the school will not be allowed to participate in the graduation exercises.

PROMOTION

A student's promotion from year to year is based upon the satisfactory completion of all courses in which he/she is enrolled in the academic year.

Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 Class of 2020
Sophomore Year 6.5 credits 6.0 credits
Junior Year 13 credits 12 credits
Senior Year 19 credits 17.5 credits

GRADUATION

23 credits including all required subjects and passing grades in all senior classes.

23 credits including all required subjects and passing grades in all senior classes. A student deficient in credits and/or failing any classes for the semester must make up those classes in De La Salle's Summer School. This includes non-required extra subjects that the student may take. The student must attend summer school the year he/she fails in order to return to De La Salle the following year. A student deficient in any credit may not return or be admitted to De La Salle.

A senior who is deficient in credit may be given special permission by the Assistant Principal to attend night school to make up deficiencies in order to graduate. In order to participate in the graduation ceremonies, a student must have all requirements completed. Enrollment in a night school course at the time of graduation does not ensure participation in the ceremony. The final transcript from the night school must be on file with the Assistant Principal in order to participate in graduation.

GRADES

The grades issued on the report card have the following meanings:

A–– (93-100%)This is the highest achievement in the subject being rated.

B—(85-92%)This grade indicates performance of above average quality.

C—(76-84%)This grade indicates accomplishment with an average grasp of the subject.

D—(70-75%)This grade indicates a deficiency in the mastery of knowledge and skills of the course.

F—(below 70%)This grade indicates that the student has not fulfilled the minimum requirements of the course. A student with a grade of “F” receives no credit for the course.

I—Incompleteis not a grade. It is used only in the case of a student who has not met the minimum requirements of the course due to circumstances beyond his/her control. An incomplete automatically becomes failure unless the work is completed during the following three weeks of school or unless the time is extended by the Assistant Principal.

WP or WF — (Withdrew Passing or Withdrew Failing)This grade is issued to a student who has dropped a class and has maintained a passing average (WP) or a failing average (WF). Neither grade generates credit and such a grade cannot count in Grade Point Average (GPA) or toward graduation. Application for a WP or WF grade must be made before the end of the seventh week of the semester. The schedule change fee applies in this case. Required subjects and required electives that are dropped must be made up in summer school. Withdrawal dates are listed on the calendar.

The school is on a quarterly grade report system. Therefore, the final grade is a weighted average of the first and second quarter grades and the semester exam of each semester. The two quarter grades are worth a total of 75% of the grade and the semester exams are worth 25% of the grade.
Two successive F grades in either the two quarters or the last quarter and the semester exam will result in a semester failure.

PROGRESS REPORTS WITH SCHOOLOGY & MID-QUARTER REPORTS

Parents and students will be given login information to view progress reports for each class through Schoology. From our school’s website, students and parents can login to Schoology to view graded and missing assignments, quizzes, and exams. The dates when teachers will update Schoology accounts are on the calendar.

At approximately midpoint in the grading period, teachers will complete a special report for all students. These reports are to be taken home to the student's parents for a signature. A copy of the report is sent to the student's counselor. Parents should make every effort to contact the teacher and follow his/her suggestions for the student's improvement. The dates of these notices are also on the calendar.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE

The grade point average (GPA) that appears on the report card is the average grade of the student for the entire time he/she has been in high school, based on cumulative semester average grades. This average is based on an A being equal to 4.00, a B being equal to 3.00, a C being equal to 2.00 and a D being equal to 1.00.

MINIMUM G.P.A. REQUIREMENT

Beginning with the Class of 2022 and every incoming freshman class thereafter, all students must earn a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average during any school year in order to maintain their enrollment status at De La Salle Institute.

Throughout the school year, the Chairperson of the Academic Advisory Committee will be notified at any mid-quarter and quarter end about students whose academic performance is below average. At that time, each student and a parent/guardian will be required to attend a hearing with the Academic Advisory Committee. Following the hearing, the student will be placed on Academic Probation with certain terms that must be met over a specified period of time. This information will be shared with the Assistant Principal and the student’s counselor.

The Chairperson will monitor the student’s progress for the remainder of the school year. Additional meetings with the student and parent/guardian may be held as necessary. If the student’s academic performance improves satisfactorily, the Academic Probation will be removed. However, if the student’s academic performance has not improved to a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. during a specified period of time, the student may not be allowed to return to De La Salle.

Academic Probation is an internal school procedure, and, as such, it does not become part of a student’s permanent record. Instead, it is designed as another means to promote academic success for all De La Salle students.

CLASS RANK

The class rank tells how the student has done in comparison with all the other students in that grade. Students are ranked on the basis of their semester grades.

HONOR ROLL

Honor Roll is based on letter grades, not grade point average. "A" Honor Roll - Four "A's" and the remainder of grades "B". "B" Honor Roll- "B" Average and no grade lower than "C". No "U" Application Grades.

FAILURES

A student who receives a grade of “F” for the semester is required to make up that semester's work in De La Salle's Summer School during the following summer.

A student who receives a grade of "F" for the semester is required to make up that semester's work in De La Salle's Summer School during the following summer.

In some courses, second semester work is so closely dependent upon the material mastered during the first semester that success in the second semester indicates a mastery of the material from the first semester. Hence, a student who attains at least a "C" in the second semester in a foreign language, science, accounting, mathematics, or technical drawing, after having failed the course for a first semester can have the failure removed and a "D" given for each semester.

SCHEDULE CHANGES

Schedule changes must be made BEFORE the beginning of each semester. Applications can be picked up from the Assistant Principal's office. There is a $40.00 processing charge. No changes will be made once the semester begins.

TRANSCRIPTS

A transcript is the official record of a student's grades, standardized test scores, and grade point average. This official record is kept for sixty (60) years after the student graduates, transfers or permanently withdraws from school. These records are destroyed after the sixty-year period.

The student or parent/guardian (if student has not reached legal age) may request copies of the student's permanent record any time before the destruction of his/her record. These requests must be made in writing to the school registrar and be accompanied by the transcript fee of $5.00 per copy. No transcripts will be sent unless all financial obligations to the school have been met.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

The following policies regarding credits will be used when evaluating the status of transfer students.

  1. If a student transfers from a public school, the requirement for religion is waived for the time he/she attended the public school.

  2. If the student transfers from a Catholic high school which offers only one-half credit of religion per year, the one full credit requirement is waived for the time he/she attended the other Catholic school.

  3. A student must have passed physical education each year that he/she took it at the previous school. If a school did not require physical education in a given year, De La Salle waives the requirement for that year.

  4. Electives not offered at De La Salle are counted as electives toward graduation, if the student's previous school so counted them.

  5. All other requirements for graduation from De La Salle must be taken and passed.

  6. All transfer students, having fulfilled all academic requirements for admittance to De La Salle, will be admitted on Transfer Student Probation.

  7. All transfer students and their parents are required to read and be familiar with the Student Handbook in the area of Conduct and Discipline.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

De La Salle Institute is committed to providing an atmosphere that fosters a desire for excellence in education. With these core ideals in mind, the De La Salle Honor Code was created to pursue the mission of building a strong character rooted in honest and authentic academic work. The success of this commitment is a binding effort among our staff and students that will be hindered by academic dishonesty.