Repeating a Course

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Failed a Course? What to expect:

When a student fails a core academic course that is required for graduation, they will be required to retake that course in order to continue progress toward graduation.

Any 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student who fails a course during any semester will receive an email from Ms. Moynihan at the end of the semester with a written plan that includes recovering that credit. In most cases, the student will be required to repeat the course the following semester or school year. Online summer school is only a last resort to get students back on track to graduate with their cohort.


In North Carolina, there are 2 options for recovering a failed credit:

With Credit Recovery, the student takes a condensed version of the failed course in order to recover that lost credit.  The student will earn a “P” (pass) and a credit but a grade will not go into the GPA.

With Repeating a Course for Credit, the student retakes the entire course of study that was failed in order to earn a grade.

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Summer School:

Students may repeat a course for credit via online summer courses through North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS).

Taking courses over the summer allows students to stay on grade-level for the next academic school year and prevents “doubling up” on core courses.

Summer school with NCVPS is a fast-paced program. An entire 18-week course is taught in just 8 weeks. Students should spend 3-5 hours each day, Monday through Friday, working on their courses, and just like at a traditional school, there is often work over the weekend, too.

More more info about NCVPS summer school, visit:

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Credit Recovery Policy:

When a student is completing a course via credit recovery, the following apply:

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Repeating a Course for Credit Policy:

‎• Students will receive a numerical grade and both grades will appear on the high school transcript.

‎‎• For students who initially fail a course and repeat the full course and earn a passing grade:

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•  Prior to 2015-16, both grades will count towards GPA calculation.

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎• Beginning in 2015-16, the new course grade will replace the failing grade in GPA                             calculation.

‎         • For students who who passed the course with minimal proficiency and are retaking it to build                a stronger foundation: 

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•  Students will receive a numerical grade and both grades will appear on the high school                           transcript.

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎• Both grades will count towards GPA calculation.

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•  Students will receive a numerical grade and both grades will appear on the high school                           transcript.

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎•  Students will not receive credit towards graduation for the second attempt with the course.

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Additional Information:

‎• Only grades earned in high school are included in a student’s high school GPA.

‎‎• Students will take any associated End-of-Course (EOC) assessment.  Those students who have already scored at Level 3, 4, or 5 on the associated EOC assessment may elect either to retake the EOC or use the previous passing EOC score as 20% of their final grade.  If the student retakes the EOC, the higher of the two scores will be used in the calculation of the final grade. 

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