Grades Overview


Summit Learning’s grading policy prioritizes the development of Cognitive Skills that students need for success in college and career. Summit’s focus on Cognitive Skills is supported by learning science and developed through Real-World Projects; students, teachers, and families can track a student’s progression on these skills throughout their entire tenure in Summit Learning.

Because these are lifelong skills, Cognitive Skills cut across subjects, courses, and grade levels. A student’s score on the Cognitive Skills Rubric comprises 70% of a student’s grade. In order to put Cognitive Skills to work, students must develop a broad Content Knowledge base. A foundational component of Summit Learning is that students demonstrate competency on standards-aligned Content Knowledge across all core subject areas. Mastery of Content Knowledge comprises 30% of a student’s grade.

For Math Courses, in addition to developing Content Knowledge through Focus Areas, students complete Math Concept Units to fully develop an understanding of complex mathematical ideas. Math Units make up 70% of a math course's grade and consist of 2-5 lessons designed to help students understand the Math Concept. These lessons are designed to provide formative feedback for students and don't contribute to grades for the Math Units. At the end of the set of lessons, students will take the End-of-Unit Assessment. The other 30% of a student's math grade is Mastery of content in Focus Areas through Content Assessments.

Grades demonstrate both the competencies students have and the growth they have made: Summit Learning’s grading policy is designed to reflect a growth mindset and celebrate student improvement. If you want to know more about our grading policy, please read our Grading Policy Overview and our Grading Policy FAQs.

Below, you can learn more about how our grades are calculated:

You can also learn more about how Cognitive Skills scores, as well as Math Unit scores, are translated to percentage grades.


Grading for all courses except math courses

Grades for all courses except math courses are calculated as follows:

Grading for all courses except math courses

  • 70%: Cognitive Skills through Projects
    • Students must complete all Projects to pass a course
  • 30%: Mastery of content in Focus Areas through Content Assessments
    • Note: Students must pass all Content Assessments for Power Focus Areas to pass a course
    • For non-AP courses, students must answer 8/10 assessment questions correctly to pass
    • For AP courses, students must answer 7/10 assessment questions correctly to pass
    • 21%: Power Focus Areas
    • 9%: Additional Focus Areas 

Take a look at the following student's grade calculations:





  Potential reasons for incomplete grades

Students may have incomplete grades in any of the following cases:

Keep in mind that students can change incomplete grades into letter grades by completing any overdue Projects and improving their Cognitive Skill scores.

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