The Community School has developed requirements for graduation that reflect the learning and standards that we feel signal the rite of passage from youth to adult, from high school to college and career. Our guidelines exceed the minimal requirements expressed in the Maryland State Board of Education’s Title 13A.09.09.09.09 Requirements for Secondary Schools.
The Community School Unit of Credit
Student will have to earn a minimum of 21 credits as prescribed below:
|English/Language Arts||4 Credits||Living Skills||1 Credit|
|Mathematics||3 Credits||College/Career Prep||1 Credit|
|Science||3 Credits||Physical Education||1 Credit|
|Social Studies||3 Credits||Technology Education||1 Credit|
|Health||1 Credit||Social Responsibility||1 Credit|
|Current Events||1 Credit||Arts||1 Credit|
Criterion for awarding of credit:
In order to qualify for credits in a particular content area, a student will have to demonstrate proficiency with a minimal course grade of 70% based on assessment, attendance, and work completed.
Criterion for accepting transfer credits:
Transfer credits from a certified secondary school are accepted for courses that align with those taught at The Community School. The student’s performance in the course must meet or exceed our standards including a minimal grade of 70% or above. Transfer credits that don’t meet this standard will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Purpose: The purpose of grades is to allow the student and the teacher to have immediate feedback on how well the student is learning in each subject.
1) Each student should strive to achieve a grade of at least 80% in each class. However, the minimal passing grade in The Community School is 70%. A student is considered to be in crisis in a subject if the student has an average below 70%.
2) In individualized courses, a student is required to demonstrate a grade of 80% or above before moving on to new material.
3) Regular progress reports are given with grade averages in each subject.
4) The school operates on a system of 3 trimesters with each averaging 56 class days. Detailed report cards are given at that time to allow students and their sponsors to review progress and adjust any habits that may need to be improved.
“It’s really the combination of school learning and life experience that best prepares you for whatever the world throws at you. That will enable you to make good decisions and healthy choices and live a good life.” –Sierra Martin (former student)