10-point Grade Scale

    In October 2014, the State Board agreed and approved a standard 10-point grading scale to begin with the 2015-16 school year. Students and their parents/guardians can access grades throughout the year via the Internet by logging into PowerSchool from the school website. Only students who are enrolled at WAHS and their legal parent/guardian can request log-in information to access grades.  Under the 10-point scale, grades and grade point average calculations will be applied as follows:


    A: 90 – 100 = 4.0

    B: 80 – 89 = 3.0

    C: 70 – 79 = 2.0

    D: 60 – 69 = 1.0

    F: Below 59 = 0.0


    Student transcripts include numerical grades, in addition to the GPA and letter grade.  For more information, please contact your child's counselor.


    • Report cards are issued every 9 weeks.
    • Progress reports are sent home 4 weeks into the 9 week grading period.





    ·       Promotion to Grade 10 = 6 credits

    ·       Promotion to Grade 11 = 12 credits

    ·       Promotion to Grade 12 = 20 credits


    Graduation Requirements

    All students must accumulate/earn 28 total credits to receive a North Carolina high school diploma.  The specific core course requirements are listed below including the various elective areas in which students may choose based on their personal interests.
    All students (except students in the Occupational Course of Study) need to pass the following courses to graduate:

    ·       English I, II, III, IV

    ·       Math I, Math II, Math III, and one other math beyond Math III

    ·       Earth Science, Biology, and a Physical Science (Chemistry, Physical Science, or Physics)

    ·       World History, Civic Literacy, US History, and Economics & Personal Finance 

    ·       Health & PE (1 course credit)


    Students must complete the Future Ready Core Courses to receive a high school diploma.  In addition, each student must successfully complete End-of-Course (EOC) exams for English II, Math 1 & 3, and Biology. 

    Students will also have the opportunity to choose elective courses. Students may choose from the following areas: Career & Technical Education, Cultural Arts, World Language, JROTC, PE, Yearbook and other academic areas. 


    *2 years of the same world language are REQUIRED by most 4 year colleges.  Students going to a 4 year college must take these courses in high school.  They will count as 2 of your required electives. 


    Gold Cords

    Awarded to graduating seniors with an A average over their 4-year high school career.  More specifically, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.6 unweighted or 4.2 weighted.



    Early Graduation Requirements

    The ABSS Board of Education believes that most students benefit from four years of study at the high school level, while recognizing that some highly talented and motivated students may wish to graduate in less time in order to pursue early entry into college programs. Interested students and their parents/guardians should consult with their appropriate high school counselor in order to thoughtfully explore this opportunity and to develop early graduation plans where appropriate. All such plans shall be subject to approval by the Superintendent. The request should be made at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the student’s last semester of enrollment. The diploma will be presented at the next regularly scheduled graduation exercise.