Award Winning Academics

American Youth Academy

Assessment and Testing

Grading System

The following numerical equivalents will be used when determining values for letter grades:

Letter Numerical Range   Description Letter   Numerical Range Description
A+ 97-100 Superior C+ 77-79 Average
A 93-96 Outstanding C 73-76 Average
A- 90-92 Excellent C- 70-72 Fair
B+ 87-89 Very Good D+ 67-69 Below Average
B 83-86 Good D 63-66 Weak
B- 80-82 Above Average D- 60-62 Passing
      F Below 60 Failing


Students at AYA are assessed in various areas, which include but are not limited to: classwork, homework, quizzes, tests, exams, projects, reports, oral checks for understanding, etc. Tests on which students score less than 70% must be signed and returned.

Students through grade 5 will take chapter and unit tests throughout the year to assess their grasp of the subject matter. Students in grades 6 - 8- in addition to chapter and unit tests, will take a Quarter Exam at the end of Quarters 1 & 3 and a Semester Exam at the end of the Quarters 2 & 4. 70% of the questions on each Semester Exam will come from material covered during the 2nd quarter in that semester, and 30% of the questions will come from material covered during the 1st quarter of that semester. The Semester Exam will count as 40% of the Semester Average. Students in grades 9 - 12 will not take Quarter 1 & Quarter 3 Exams; they will only take Semester I and Semester II Exams.

Academic Dishonesty/Cheating is defined as any communication which takes place during a test/exam and will result in a grade of 0% in addition to a Discipline Referral.

CPAA Testing

The CPAA is an on-line test that is administered to all students in K4 - grade 2 and may be administered to students in K3. The test is administered six times per year for the purpose of identifying and strengthening any areas of weakness.

CTP-4 Testing

The CTP-4 Test is a nationally-recognized standardized test administered in the Spring to students in grades 3 - 10 to help the school gauge the progress and academic strength of the students and of the school. These scores should correlate with the students’ academic abilities and will affect decisions regarding student placement and promotion. CTP scores count as 15% of the Semester II grade.

PSAT Testing

Students in grades 9 - 11 take the PSAT in October, and their scores are reviewed with them in December. PSAT scores count as 15% of the Semester II grade for students in grades 11 & 12, unless their SAT scores are higher. If that is the case, the SAT scores will be used. The cost of testing is included in the activity fees.
Students in grades 7 & 8 wishing to participate in the Duke TIP program will be allowed to take the PSAT. Each student in grades 7 & 8 wishing to take the PSAT will be required to pay for testing.

Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities/Special Needs

Any students with disabilities who require special testing accommodations must submit documentation from the public school, a physician or a licensed psychologist. Such documentation must include a full report describing how evaluation was conducted and what special accommodations are required. A doctor's note on an Rx pad is NOT considered adequate or sufficient documentation.

More information can be found in the Student - Parent Hanbook.

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