Additional Focus Areas (AFAs) are a set of extension Focus Areas designed to allow students to dive deeper into key content knowledge areas during the school year.
Additional Focus Areas could represent between 0 and 9% of a student’s overall grade. Schools are able to choose whether or not Additional Focus Areas will be weighted on a course. The default setting for Additional Focus Areas constitute 9% of a student's overall grade*¹.
At the start of each school year, the Platform will grant the 9% constituted by Additional Focus Areas to each students’ grade automatically. Over the course of the year, if students do not complete Additional Focus Areas on pace, the points will be removed from the students’ overall grade.
To determine the grade value of each Additional Focus Area, divide the 9 percentage points available by the number of Additional Focus Areas that have passed on the year page.
- If there is only one AFA, it will be worth 9% of the overall grade.
- If there are two AFAs, each will be worth 4.5% of the overall grade.
- If there are three AFAs, each will be worth 3% of the overall grade.
- If there are nine AFAs, each will be worth 1% of the overall grade.
Unlike Power Focus Areas, students aren’t required to master all Additional Focus Areas to pass a course; failure to complete one or more Additional Focus Areas will not generate an “off track” or “incomplete” grade for a student.
- However, there is a grade penalty for each Additional Focus Area not completed.
- Parents, mentors and teachers may want to remind students that they will lose overall grade points if they do not complete all their Additional Focus Areas.
Important Grading Notes about Additional Focus Areas
- If any student does not complete his or her first AFA by the time the blue line crosses it on the year page, the Platform will remove the 9 percentage points*¹. This means that a student’s grade may drop by 9 percentage points on a single day, but will jump back up when he or she completes the missing AFA.
- On the last day of the school year, if the final AFA is not completed, students will experience a drop in the overall grade. The number of points lost depends on the total number of AFAs in the course.
*¹While schools can choose the weight of their AFAs, since most schools use the default setting of 9%, we will be using that throughout this help article. If your school has assigned a different weight grade to the AFAs, the % points will be different than how they appear here.