Grading Policy

The District and Northshore Education Association (NSEA) collaborated to revise the district’s grading policy to better support students and increase transparency. These changes were adopted and integrated into the Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2023.

The following grading guidelines will be used in Northshore School District for all classes in grades 6-12:

Five letter grade bands will be used (A, B, C, D, and F( NC for quarter grades)), with A representing 100%-90%, B representing 89%-80%, C representing 79%-70%, D representing 69%-60% and NC/F representing less than 59%. Please see the chart below for additional details.

  • For quarter grades, five letter grade bands (A, B, C, D and NC) will be used. For 6th grade quarterly electives (e.g., visual art, technology) students may earn an F for final quarter grades (rather than NC). 
  • For semester grades, five letter grade bands (A,B,C,D, and F) will be used.

Percentage Scale
(District Directed)

Alpha Mark

 GPA Scale
(State Required
11-point System)

93 - 100%   A      4.0 
  90 - 92.9%    A-   


 87 - 89.9% B+  3.3
 83 - 86.9%    B       3.0 
80 - 82.9%  B-    2.7
77 - 79.9%  C+    2.3
73 - 76.9% C     2.0
70 - 72.9%  C-     1.7
67 - 69.9%  D+    1.3
60 - 66.9%  D      1.0
40 - 59.9% F 0
  • Northshore has eliminated zero as the grading floor and replaced it with forty (40%) percent. This score includes missing assignments.
  • Barring extenuating circumstances, late work in credit-baring courses can be turned in the following class period for a full credit. For non-credit bearing courses, at a minimum, students can turn work in at least one week late for full credit. 
  • To get full credit for "make-up" work, students will have, at a minimum, the number of days they were absent, plus one day, to complete the missing assignment(s).
  • Academic dishonesty will follow the Northshore School Districts Rights and Responsibilities handbook. 
  • Extra credit activities will only be provided for activities that align with the academic standards of the course.
  • In pre-identified classes (Health-Fitness, Performance Arts, World Languages, and some CTE courses) where physical participation (action and engagement) is integral to the demonstration of students' performance of outlined course objectives, participation can have an impact on grade.
  • Student behavior, which must be clearly delineated from participation in the syllabus, should not impact academic grades.