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Grade replacement refers to the process of repeating a course for credit. This means that the student takes the course for a second time. Grade replacement may be a way that students try to raise their GPA if they have experienced one/some low grades in high school. It is up to the local school corporation if they allow grade replacement and if so, how the course is reflected on the student transcript and how GPA is subsequently calculated.
- Whether or not grade replacement is allowed and how it is listed on a student’s transcript is a local decision/is up to the school corporation.
- Before retaking a class, students should know how this will affect their transcript and GPA.
- The IDOE provides some guidance on grade replacement. (See “Shared Wisdom” and “Resource” sections below.)
- Students usually retake classes during summer school or in the following school year.
- On-line courses may be available for grade replacement.
- Q: How should it be recorded if a student fails a course but then retakes it and passes? A: This is a local school corporation or school governing body decision.(See Requirements and Guidance for Indiana High School Transcripts, below)
- Q: How would the GPA be figured if a student fails a course but then retakes it and passes? A: This is a local decision. If the grade is noted on the transcript, it should be factored into the GPA. (See Requirements and Guidance for Indiana High School Transcripts, below)
- From Counselor Talk, November 2017:
Course Retake/Course Replacement
A grade retake/replacement occurs when a student retakes a class that he/she has already taken to hopefully receive a better grade.
The student received a grade of F in the class.
The student received a grade of C- or below and wishes to meet the grade requirements for an Academic Honors Diploma.
The student has not passed at least one of the end of course exams required for graduation and seeks to become eligible for waiver consideration.
A class may be retaken only if one or more of the following conditions exist:
A student seeking to retake a class will make an application with the guidance department. The student shall state the reason for the requested retake on the application. The guidance department will review the application. The principal shall have the authority to grant final approval for a student to retake a class.
The following conditions apply to retaking a class:
No online classes will be accepted in replacement of high school courses used for an Academic Honors Diploma without administrative approval.
The grade earned (either higher or lower) when the class is retaken will be placed on the transcript and replace the original grade in the calculation of the GPA.
The grade that is earned in the retake class will be used in the calculation of the GPA, but the new GPA shall render the student ineligible for such awards as valedictorian, salutatorian, or top ten award.
The original grade will remain on the transcript with the credit for that class being transferred to the second class. A student may take advantage of this option up to two times in his/her high school career.
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