YECA Grading Policy


Grades are a representation of a student’s overall progress towards meeting standards academically and personally. The components of a grade will reflect both mastery and non-mastery measures. As outlined below, mastery grades show a student’s academic performance, and non-mastery grades will represent exhibition of the YECA Core Values – Service, Perseverance, Advocacy, Reflection, and Collaboration (SPARC). 

YECA Middle and High School Grading Scale

Passing Grades


Failing Grade*


Special Marks**

NS - No Show. Awarded if a student has not attended at all. No credit given.

  NX - Incomplete. Awarded if a student has a documented, extreme extenuating circumstance that prevents him/her from completing coursework.
  NL - Late Admit. Awarded if a student was enrolled late and has missed assignments needed to generate a complete course grade.

* The minimum grade assigned is a 55.  Do not use grades below 55.  In addition, do not assign grades between 56 and 64 in any marking period.

**Special Marks are given in consultation with Guidance and School Leadership (Assistant Principal/Principal).  Students must complete work by the end of the next semester for NX and NL; if the work is not done, the grade will become a 55.

York College Course Grading Scale
Grade Value Numerical Value
A+ 4.00 97.0 - 100
A 4.00 93.0 - 96.9
A- 3.70 90.0 - 92.9
B+ 3.30 87.0 - 89.9
B 3.00 83.0 - 86.9
B- 2.70 80.0 - 82.9
C+ 2.30 77.0 - 79.9
C 2.00 73.0 - 76.9
C- 1.70 70.0 - 72.9
D+ 1.30 67.0 - 69.9
D 1.00 60.0 - 66.9
F 0.00 Below 60

  • College classes have a weighted value of 1.10
  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes have a value of 1.05

How Grades are Determined***
Note:  Percentages have been revised for the 2020-2021 school year.



Summative Assessments: The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning during or at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark.  Summative assessments are often high stakes, which means that they have a high point value. Examples of summative assessments may include:

Exams [Interim/Midterm/Final]
Unit Tests
PortfoliosEssays- Final Drafts


Mastery Continued

Formative Assessments:  The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning.  Formative assessments are generally low stakes, which means that they have low or no point value.  Examples of formative assessments may include:

Laboratory Reports
Essay Drafts
Classroom discussion (Ex: turn and talk or group discussion)
Entry/Exit tickets


Non-Mastery Measures

YECA Readiness:  SPARC

Demonstration of YECA Readiness, our SPARC Core Values may include but is not limited to:

  • active leadership amongst peers and/or in the school community as a whole 
  • service to teachers, YECA staff members and/or fellow students
  • consistent efforts and willingness to assist and support

  • persistence in working through challenges
  • handling adversity with grace and eloquence
  • diligent work toward achieving goals and/or aspirations

  • commitment to standing up for one’s own beliefs and values and/or those of others
  • integrity with one’s word and consistent and demonstrated capacity to take and justify stances on pertinent issues

  • honest and critical self-reflection to identify strengths and areas for growth
  • consistent practice of metacognition and use of reflective insights for academic and social growth

  • ability to work harmoniously with any peer, teacher, or YECA staff member
  • instrumental in creating an environment for and supporting collaborative learning


*** Please note that exact percentages for each category will be determined at the grade level.
Procedures for Late Work

Our Late Assignments Policy has been revised for the 2020-2021 school year as follows:
  • There will be a 72 hour grace period from the time the assignment is due.  
  • Students who need an extension, should request one from the teacher in writing, with an explanation.  If a student does this and then hands in the assignment, he/she will NOT lose credit since they advocated for themselves and planned ahead.  Teachers will use discretion with students and agree on a new due date based on circumstances.  If a pattern arises, this will be dealt with at the teacher, parent, team, guidance, or leadership level, depending on the circumstance.  
  • If a student hands in work past a deadline without requesting an extension, the work should be accepted within the 72 hour grace period.  However, students will lose credit on their SPARC grade, not their Mastery/assignment grade since Mastery grades measure mastery of content standards, not habits or "soft skills").  If a pattern arises, this will be dealt with at the teacher, parent, team, guidance, or leadership level, depending on the circumstance.

  • Please note that although teachers are given discretion in accepting late work, should an issue arise, this will be subject to review by School Leadership.