Since the founding of San Marino High School, district and school leaders have placed great importance on the development of student citizenship. The mission of the district and the school is to help develop the traits necessary for student success in high school, college and beyond. Citizenship is described as those traits that demonstrate a readiness to learn, responsibility, respect, and the ability to form positive interpersonal relationships. To that end, students will earn a citizenship grade of A-F in every class. Citizenship grades will be based on the following criteria:
While citizenship grades do not appear on transcripts, they will be included on quarter report cards if requested by a college. Additionally, citizenship grades affect students in the following ways.
Students will receive an A-F citizenship grade in each class. Grades are calculated on an on-going basis and per district policy, are included on a report card at the end of each quarter. Citizenship grades reset at the end of the first semester. Citizenship grades are based on the three criteria listed in this policy’s introduction: students are ready to learn; students are responsible; students are respectful.
** Important note: certain behaviors lead to an automatically lowered citizenship grade regardless if the behaviors occur “frequently, usually, never, etc.” Issues involving academic dishonesty, poor attendance and cellphone violations are examples.
Students will have the opportunity to remediate a low citizenship grade if the grade was lowered due to tardies. Upon a student’s 5th or 6th tardy (resulting in a D or F citizenship grade), the student may ask the teacher for an opportunity to remediate their citizenship grade (assuming there are no other reasons why the student has an F citizenship grade). The teacher will inform the assistant principal in charge of discipline of the student’s desire. The assistant principal will assign the student two hours of school service (campus cleanup, special projects, teacher assistance, etc.) Once the school service is complete, the student’s citizenship grade will be raised to C grade. Several important points about remediation: