• Final Exam Grade Waiver and Final Exam Exemption Guidelines


    Final Exam Grade Waiver – 9th, 10th, 11th grade


    Students enrolled in an AP/IB course for the second semester of the school year may be eligible for a grade waiver from the final exam in that subject for the second semester if the following conditions exist:

    • A minimum grade of 80 overall 2nd semester average (per class) and 80 for the 4th nine weeks must be maintained (per class).
    • Student shall have no more than four absences during the second semester (per class).
    • Student shall have no more than five tardies in that AP/IB class.
    • No major infractions resulting in ISS, Saturday School, Out of School Suspension, or Special Program Center.
    • Student must have no outstanding fines, fees, or debts for school property or other PISD services.
    • Student takes the semester exam on the date/time originally scheduled or, in the case of an excused absence, during the determined make-up exam time.

    To qualify for the grade waiver students must report to class on the day of the exam and take the final exam for the course. Students will have the option of allowing the final exam grade to be counted towards their grade or utilizing the grade waiver option.

    If a student has an unexcused absence during the exam, the student forfeits the grade waiver option, and will take the exam for credit.

    Final Exam Exemption – 12th grade


    Seniors may qualify for exemption from final exams during the second semester of the school year if the following conditions exist:

    • A senior in an AP/IB class must meet the criteria noted above to qualify for exemption in that AP/IB class, or

    For seniors in all other classes:

    • A minimum grade of 85 overall 2nd semester average (per class) and 85 for the 4th nine weeks must be maintained (per class).
    • Student shall have no more than four absences during the second semester (per class).
    • Student shall have no more than five tardies in each class.
    • No major infractions resulting in ISS, Saturday School, Out of School Suspension, or Special Program Center.
    • Student must have no outstanding fines, fees, or debts for school property or other PISD services.

    To qualify for the exam exemption, students must be present in class for each exam. Various activities will be conducted at this time for students qualified to use exemptions, including the completion of course evaluations, student surveys, and projects. Exempt students may choose to take the exam and have the option of utilizing a grade waiver or allowing the final exam grade to be counted towards their grade.

    If a student has an unexcused absence during the exam, the student forfeits the option to take advantage of the exam exemption, and will take the exam for credit.