Semester exam exemption policy

All high school students will have the opportunity to earn exemptions from a fall or spring semester exam if they meet the criteria described below. 

The freshmen will be allowed one exemption per semester, sophomores two per semester, juniors three per semester, and seniors three during the fall semester and eight during the spring semester.

Except for seniors, no student may exempt the same course for both semesters.  Students must choose a different course to exempt. (rev. 04-2017)

General attendance & grade criteria

Grade Number of Excused Absences Allowed
A - 90-100 3
B - 80-89 2
C - 70-79 1
  • Any student may choose to take an exam even though he/she has qualified for an exemption.
  • Any absence counts against the student for exemption purposes unless specifically noted in the following criteria.
  • Except for seniors, no students may exempt the same course for both semesters.

Fall semester

For English, Math, Science, Social Studies, AP and DC: no exemptions, no exceptions

For all other classes, normal exemption policy applies. 

Please see the following table if attendance and grade criteria are met.

Grade level Exemptions
Freshmen 1 exemption
Sophomores 2 exemptions
Juniors 3 exemptions
Seniors 3 exemptions

Spring semester

For Non-AP Courses in English, Math, Science & Social Studies, exemptions are granted on the following basis.

9th /10th/11th Grade EOC courses

EOC test was taken and the following two criteria are met:

  • Level II or higher on EOC test for Regulars; Level III on EOC test for Honors/PreAP

– or – 

  • Yearly average of 80 or higher for Regulars; 85 or higher for Honors/PreAP
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Please see the following table if attendance and grade criteria are met.

Grade level Exemptions
Freshmen 1 exemption
Sophomores 2 exemptions
Juniors 3 exemptions

AP course requirements for semester exam exemption

  • Semester average of 80 or higher.
  • Attend required AP review sessions.
  • Score 3 or higher on required Practice AP subject test.
  • Take the scheduled AP test in May showing earnest effort.
  • Level III on subject area EOC test
  • Attendance exemption is not an option.

For all other classes, normal exemption policy applies.

Please see the following table if attendance and grade criteria are met.

Grade level Exemptions
Freshmen 1 exemption
Sophomores 2 exemptions
Juniors 3 exemptions
Seniors 8 exemptions

Students may not exempt the same courses exempted in the Fall (except Seniors).

General Attendance Exemption Criteria / Requirements

Any absence counts against the student for exemption purposes unless specifically noted in the following criteria:

Days missed because of school-sponsored field trips and college visit days do not count against a student for exemption purposes. College visit days are limited to two days for trips and count as excused absences. These two days must be used during the junior or senior year. Trips taken must be approved by the principal or his/her designee in advance.

  • Any two cycles in the semester that have 4 or more tardy occurrences will disqualify a student from exemptions.
  • A student who has an unexcused absence is automatically ineligible for exemption in all classes even if the student has perfect attendance in an individual class.
  • If a student is suspended from school, placed in in-school suspension, or has been placed in the AEC for any number of days, he/she will lose exemption privileges for that term.
  • Any student receiving a U (unsatisfactory) in conduct will lose exemption privileges in that class. A student may not receive a U unless the teacher has followed the appropriate procedures.
  • No student can be exempt until all fees, fines, and textbooks are clear. A student who is on the Loss of Privilege (LOP) list will not receive an exemption card.

Violation of any of the above noted criteria will invalidate a student's attendance exemption privilege.