Memo for Grades 9-11

Dear Gryphon Families,
We trust and hope that our message has found you all well! While none of us could have imagined the world in which we are currently living, we are so grateful that our school community has risen to the challenge to finish out the school year as best as we possibly could under the circumstances. The TJ community spirit has been uplifting and edifying in a myriad of ways, and we are truly thankful.
As you have probably heard, Governor Cooper announced late last week that schools will continue in remote learning mode for the remainder of the school year. At TJ, this year’s courses will conclude on Friday, May 15th, and we will use the week after the 15th for students to catch up and review, as necessary. We know that remote learning continues to present its challenges, but we strongly encourage students and families to hang in there! We now have less than three weeks before the end of this trimester, and we want students to gain as much as they possibly can before the end of the year so that they will be positioned for academic success in the new school year!
In conjunction with the governor’s announcement, the State Board of Education also released further directives regarding students’ end-of-year grades, and we share these directives for our high school grading below. The State Board has adopted these policies statewide for all schools, including charters, so these are the directives that we must follow.


High School (Grades 9-11)
High school students will have two options for their grades:
Option 1: The first option is for students to have their final year-end average for a course calculated in the traditional way by taking the average of ALL three trimester averages. For students who select this option, the final average of the course will count as a full credit course in a student’s GPA calculation.
Option 2: The second option is for students to have their final year-end average for a course calculated by taking the average of ONLY trimesters 1 and 2. In this option, the grades that students have received during the remote learning period (Trimester 3 at Thomas Jefferson) will not count toward a student’s final grade in a course. For each course that a student was passing before we transitioned to remote learning, a student will receive a “PC19” for the final grade of that course. If students did not have a passing average for Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 and did not improve the grade during the remote learning period, they will receive a “WC19” for the final grade of that course. Students who receive a “WC19” will not receive a course credit. Students who take the option of receiving a “PC19” should be advised that the final average of the course will count toward the GPA at a factor of half of a credit. Students receiving a “PC19” will receive a full graduation credit, but the GPA will be calculated at a reduced factor of half when they opt to not include grades for the remote learning period in their final averages.
Students will be able to choose different options for different courses.
We recognize that students will want to choose the option that results in a higher average for each final grade. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to continue working hard through the end of this trimester. We have observed that third trimester averages for many students during this time of remote learning have actually been higher than the averages of previous trimesters. Students should definitely be able to pull up their year-long averages by working hard during this remote learning phase.
Students will not need to make a decision until final grades are complete. Once grades are complete, teachers will share averages with students, and then teachers will survey students to ask them to make a decision about which option they want to choose for each class.
Please rest assured that teachers, counselors, and administrators are available to answer any questions that arise regarding these new grading guidelines. Do not hesitate to ask!
Go, Gryphons!