Academics

Academics at Hope Lutheran School 

The teaching of the Christian faith is recognized as the major emphasis of our school’s curriculum.  Christ is integrated into all subjects as our students grow daily in their faith.  They develop specific virtues that equip them to become responsible, effective Christians for life.  Our excellent academics are also used as a foundation for building not only strong, confident scholars, but also contributing members of the community.  Students are encouraged to apply the conceptual information they learn in the classroom to “real-world” problems in both individual and collaborative settings.  Independence, responsibility, and self-discipline are fostered at all levels, as are organizational and study skills.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,…so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”   Isaiah 55:10-11

Honor Roll (4th – 8th grade)

Hope Lutheran School Honor Roll lists are released at the end of each quarter. Hope Lutheran School has two honor roll categories.

Principal’s Honor Roll

  • A student must have an A average (9.0)
  • No U’s or F’s
  • Not more than one C in a grading period

Honor Roll

  • B Average (8.0)
  • No U’s or F’s

Numbers are not rounded off when determining Honor Roll.

A 95-100
A- 94
B+ 92-93
B 88-91
B- 85-87
C+ 82-84
C 78-81
C- 75-77
D+ 74
D 71-73
D- 70

Averaging Scales  – Each letter grade is given a point value and then points are averaged and then given the letter grade average.

Letter Grade Point Value
A 10
A- 9
B+ 8
B 7
B- 6
C+ 5
C 4
C- 3
D+ 2
D 1
D- 0
F (-1)

 

8th Grade Valedictorian and Salutatorian Criteria

The Valedictorian and Salutatorian are selected each year from the 8th grade graduating class. The
Valedictorian ranks first in GPA and is considered the top student of his/her class; the salutatorian
ranks second in GPA and is considered the second highest student in his/her class. Criteria are based
primarily on grade point average of 6th – 8th-grade years in all but not limited to classes that receive a
percentage grade. Thus, more than one student may qualify for the valedictorian and salutatorian
distinctions.

The Principal/Homeroom teacher will meet with the qualifying students during the middle of the 4th
quarter of their 8th-grade year to inform them of their honor and to begin preparing for graduation.

Reporting Student Progress

Grade cards are issued quarterly. There is a required parent-teacher conference after the first grading
period. Conferences are held on an “as needed” basis for the remainder of the school year. Student
grades will be posted weekly on Ren Web systems in which students and parents can monitor grades.

Students are evaluated according to the following grading scale:
Achievement Grades (Grades 3-8) Effort Grades
A = Excellent 94 – 100% 1 = Outstanding
B = Good 85 – 93% 2 = Acceptable
C = Average 75 – 84% 3 = Unsatisfactory
D = Poor 70 – 74% * = Modified
F = Failure 00 – 69%
I = Incomplete
E = Excellent
S = Satisfactory
U = Unsatisfactory
A non-letter system will be used for Grades K,
Semester finals are given in most core subjects at the 7th and 8th grade levels. The semester grade for the 7th and 8th grade students is determined using the following formula:  Semester Grades (2 quarter grades) = 80%,  Semester Final = 20%