JCHS Academic Policies

Eligibility for Admission

All Teens, grades 8-12, are eligible to apply for admission to the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College.  7th graders who are seeking more advanced study may apply with special permission. 

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend class regularly. Both the quality of the learning and the quality of the relationships among teens and between teens and instructors depends on steady attendance. Students who are absent more than 35% will automatically be graded Credit/No Credit instead of receiving a letter grade. Students who are absent more than 60% will automatically be graded No Credit unless there are extenuating circumstances such that the instructor, in consultation with the Assistant Director, determines that the student qualifies for an incomplete.

What to do if you need to be absent

Students who have a conflict and know ahead of time that they will miss class should consult with their teacher and find out what work will be missed, and arrange to make it up.  If a student gets sick or misses class without prior arrangement, he/she should make an effort to find out afterward what was missed and make it up.  Teachers are happy to work with students who take a proactive approach and make their Gratz education a priority. 

Gratz Academy College Credit Program Requirements

Certain courses are offered both on campus and online for college credit.  In order to take such a course, students must complete a separate Gratz Academy application and submit required letters of recommendation, high school transcripts, and payments as indicated.  These courses are only available to juniors and seniors. These credits can be used toward a BA from Gratz College, or may be transferred to many colleges and universities throughout North America. Our graduates have told us that over 70 colleges and universities have accepted Gratz College credits earned during high school. However, this is at the discretion of other institutions of higher education and Gratz cannot by any means guarantee the acceptance of our transfer credits.

Students who are taking Gratz Academy classes are expected to adhere to Gratz College’s policies regarding attendance and credit.

Grading System

The progress and quality of students’ work is measured by a system of letter grades, grade percentages, and points. The meaning of each grade, its equivalent percentage, and point value is as follows:

Letter Grade   Grade Points per Credit Hour
A                      4.0 Excellent
A-                     3.7
B+                    3.33
B                      3.0 Good
B-                     2.67
C+                    2.33
C                      2.0 Fair
C-                     1.67
D                      1.0 Poor
F                      0.0 Fail due to inadequate performance
FA                    0.0 Fail due to absences

Students will not be graded solely on the basis of whether they attend class or not, although lack of attendance or participation can certainly negatively impact grades.

Each JCHS syllabus will contain specific course grading criteria.

CR/NC (Credit/No Credit)
Certain classes will be graded CR/NC (Credit/No Credit), which is similar to pass/fail. Knesset is an example of such a class.
All students have the option of being given letter grades or receiving CR/NC (Credit/No Credit). The only exception is classes for college credit, in which all students will receive letter grades.
Students who are absent more than 35% will automatically be graded CR/NC instead of receiving a letter grade.
Students who are absent more than 60% will automatically be graded NC unless there are extenuating circumstances such that the instructor, in consultation with the Assistant Director, determines that the student qualifies for an incomplete.

Incompletes
Sometimes situations out of the student’s control arise that keep a student from completing sufficient course requirements to merit CR or a letter grade. In such a case, the instructor may give the student an incomplete. The work assigned to offset any incomplete must be completed within one semester; that is, incompletes from a fall semester course must be completed by the end of the spring semester and incompletes from a spring semester course must be completed by the end of the summer semester. After one semester, all incompletes are changed to NC unless the Assistant Director grants an extension.

Synagogue Partnerships and credit transfers

See “Transfer credit policies” for how to transfer credit from other Jewish schools.  

Homework

Our students have busy lives and demanding schedules. Understanding that, we make a point of keeping homework to a minimum. When our faculty do assign work to be done outside of class, it will never be busy work. Our commitment is to use outside work to deepen the learning and sharpen the creative sparks.

If special projects or presentations which require work at home are assigned, students will be made aware of the assignment as least two weeks in advance and they will be given a minimum of two weeks to complete the work.

There are two major exceptions to this approach. One is the Gratz Advance college credit classes. To do work that is truly worthy of college credit, students will consistently be expected to do work outside of class. Unlike in the high school credit classes, each Gratz Advance college class will have clear and consistent homework expectations.

Additionally, our Hebrew language classes meet once per week. While we can accomplish a lot with our students in 120 minutes per week, language instruction that is limited to once per week tends to be ineffective unless outside work reinforces it. Therefore, Hebrew language students will regularly be asked to complete some homework or practice on their own time.

Make-up Work

If a student is absent three times in one semester, make up work will typically be assigned at that time and for each subsequent absence. The purpose of the make-up work is to ensure that the student learns the content covered in class. The make-up work is not “busywork,” or work that feels like it was assigned for the sake of assigning work.

For Gratz Advance college credit classes, instructors teaching college credit classes will assign make up work for each missed class. The purpose of the make-up work is to ensure that the student learns the content covered in class. The make-up work is not “busywork,” or work that feels like it was assigned for the sake of assigning work.

Graduation Requirements

Click here to explore the for the various diplomas and certificates that can be earned.  Only public/private high school 12th graders may graduate and students must be enrolled in some program of JCHS in that 12th grade year.  In addition, all financial and academic obligations must be met before any credential or transcript is released.

Day School Study/ Transfer/ and Graduation requirements

• Gratz JCHS accepts 16 credits/year beginning in Grade 8 for study in Jewish day schools.
• By special permission, some seventh graders may be permitted to enroll in Gratz JCHS.  All credits earned at Gratz in seventh grade, as well as credits transferred from informal programs during those years, count the same as credits earned in 8th-12th grades at Gratz.  Note that students may NOT use these credits to graduate early. Only public/private school seniors may graduate from Gratz JCHS.