Academic Regulation 2018-08-12T18:13:19+00:00

Academic Regulation

  1. Quizzes and Tests:

a)      Following a timeline, and in accordance to subject contact sessions a week, a teacher is expected to quiz a student at least once a week, as applies to courses meeting 4-5 sessions. Courses meeting fewer than 4 sessions a week must ensure a minimum of 2 quiz grades per academic quarter.

In stages where quarter exams do not apply (G1-5), teachers are to administer a minimum of two (2) tests per academic quarter.

b)      The lowest quiz grade may be eliminated from the quiz average, at the teacher’s discretion, if more than five (5) quizzes are given.

c)      Quizzes must not exceed twenty (20) minutes of class time; Tests (Unit/Chapter) must not exceed one class period;

d)     Teachers may use a variety of assessment tools, extending to pop and/or oral quizzes occasionally;

e)      When a student is absent, with or without a valid excuse, on a day in which a quiz/test is administered, the student will automatically forfeit his/her right to re-take that quiz/test. The grade is posted as a zero (0) and must be calculated in the student’s average, unless permitted by the instructor with the approval of his/her HoD;

f)       Teachers are expected to assign Quarter Exams/Midterms & Finals, where applicable by division accordingly per academic quarter.

Student Portfolio:

a)      An academic portfolio is a tool for presenting a student’s achievements in school following a format that will tell more about your student than just a simple report card can.

b)      A student’s portfolio will allow him/her to showcase their work and achievements as a learner, leader, classmate, and student in a personalized and meaningful way.

c)     Artifacts in the portfolio will include, but are not limited to, teacher assigned items from each subject.

Examples of these artifacts are:

 

Subject Syllabus

 

Classroom Rules

 

Grading System

 

Academic Policies

 

Copy of Behavior Contract

 

Quizzes

 

Tests

 

Graded Assignments

 

Handouts

  1. Standardized Testing:

a)      All freshmen and sophomores (9 th and 10 th grade students) sit for standardized tests, annually. Students will sit for the Northwest Evaluation Association’s (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Test. Parents/guardians will have access to the results of their child;

b)      Every October, sophomore students will sit for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). This test will help students prepare for the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests that are necessary for entrance to most U.S. and Egyptian colleges and universities.

c)      All students from the 9 th, 10 th, and 11 th Grades will sit for the annual Standards of Learning (SOL) test, administered by the school at the end of each academic year. The data collected from these tests are gathered and disaggregated internally to measure the individual progress of our students and to aid in the future re-structuring of curricula.

Note: For any further inquiries please feel free to contact the English/Math HoDs, the academic dean, or the guidance counselor.

  1. Progress Reports:

These reports are used as an intervention, by the school, half way through every quarter. They are issued by the academic dean’s office on a needs-basis, depending on each student’s individual achievement in each of his/her subject areas.

The criteria upon which these reports are based are as follows:

 

Excessive Absences

 

Excessive Tardiness

 

Missing/Late Homework

 

Poor Quiz/Test Grades

 

In Danger of Failing the Class

a)      Excessive Absences:

When a student is not in school, it has direct bearing on himself/herself and on the entire class as a learning unit.

A student will be automatically notified by registered mail.

b)      Excessive Tardiness:

Being on time is important for academic success. At NIS, students are expected to master the social skill of punctuality in order to improve their reputations and their chances for academic success.

For this reason, if a student incurs three (3) or more late arrivals to class during the academic quarter, a progress report will be sent home to the parent/guardian.

c)      Missing/Late Homework:

NIS students operate on rigorous timelines. Attaining the proper organizational skills is imperative to achieving academic success.

For this reason, if a student fails to submit three (3) or more assignments in any subject area during the academic quarter, a progress report will be sent home to the parent/guardian.

d)     Poor Quiz/Test Grades:

All assessments are indicators of how much a student has attained and retained in each of their subject areas. If a student performs poorly (below a C-), on a regular basis, this warrants concern on the part of the school.

For this reason, if a student receives two (2) or more quiz grades below a “D” (65%) during the academic quarter, a progress report will be sent home to the parent/guardian.

e)      In Danger of Failing the Class:

Through observation, attendance, punctuality, assessments and daily interaction, teachers can readily gage a student’s academic standing.

If a teacher identifies a severe set-back in a student’s academic standing during the academic quarter, a progress report will be sent home to the parent/guardian and the Academic Probation Cycle(s) will go into effect.

  1. Honor Roll and Academic Probation:

Each year, the NIS Academic Dean publishes a quarterly Dean’s List of Honor, High Honor, and Probationary students. The following are criteria for student inclusion in the Academic Dean’s List:

a)      Honor: Each quarter, students who have achieved a minimum letter grade of a (B) (84%) in all subjects and have received a (P = Pass) in P.E., are presented with this lauded and celebratory letter.

b)      High Honor Each quarter, students who have achieved a minimum letter grade of an (A-) (90%) in all subjects are presented with this lauded and celebratory letter.

c)      Probation: G9-12: Each quarter, students who have achieved a maximum overall GPA/quarter that amounts to below a 2.0 (C-), are immediately placed on academic probation. Subsequently, the parent/guardian is notified with a letter from the school.

d)     Probation: G1-8: Each quarter, students who have achieved a failing grade in English or a failing grade in two (2) or more core subjects, are immediately placed on academic probation. Subsequently, the parent/guardian is notified with a letter from the school.

Kindly note that when a student is placed on academic probation, the school revokes their right to participate in all, but not limited to, extra-curricular activities, extra-curricular field trips, and celebratory school functions.

Failure, by a student, to raise their status from that of academic probation for the duration of two (2) consecutive, academic quarters, will place the student at risk of expulsion at the end of the academic year.