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Jupiter Grades & Grading Policy

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Jupiter Grades is the web-based platform that New Heights Middle School teachers use to report standards-based grading in all content areas.  Scholars and their parents/caregivers are able to sign in to the scholar portal in order to view the standards-based grades that are updated on a weekly basis.  

You will need your scholar's ID number or password in order to access JumpRope.  This information can be obtained from Ms. Williams, Parent Coordinator.  Please contact Ms. Williams if you need any assistance with accessing Jupiter Grades.  

New Heights Middle School Grading Policy - 2017-2018 

New Heights Middle School has adopted a school-wide grading policy for the 2017-2018 school year.


How Courses are Graded:



Tests/Unit Projects/Performance Tasks

30% of grade


30% of grade


20% of grade


20% of grade




Grades are calculated on a 0-100% scale. For assignments graded on a 1-4 scale rubric, grades will be assigned in Jupiter as follows:

·       4 (Exceeding Standards): 100%

·       3 (Meeting Standards): 80%

·       2 (Approaching Standards): 65%

·       1 (Not Meeting Standards): 55%


Online Grade Platform

Scholars and parents have access to current course grades at all times through the Jupiter Grades Student & Parent Portal.  Website:


Make-Up Assignments & Late Work:

Make-up or missed homework assignments must be submitted within 5 business days of the due date, receiving a 10% deduction for each day the assignment is late. Assignments that are handed in late due to an excused absence will not be docked.


When & How Often Scholars Receive Grades:

New Heights Middle School courses are graded by trimesters. Scholars receive report cards three times during the school year. Two Scholar Led Conferences (December and March) and one Spring Conference (May) provide opportunities for families to discuss scholar progress. Scholars are graded on a 0-100 scale. The minimum grade required to pass a course is 65.  Final course grades will be calculated by averaging the three trimester report card course grades at equal weight.  Scholars will receive will receive a print copy of a progress report at the following midpoints of each trimester.  Scholars and fan view current academic progress and grades at any time throughout the trimester using the online platform Jupiter Grades. 


Progress Report Distribution:

·       Oct 26, 2017

·       February 1, 2018

·       May 9, 2018 (Spring Conferences)


Progress Report Distribution:

·       Trimester 1: December 14, 2017 (Scholar Led Conferences)

·       Trimester 2: March 22, 2018 (Scholar Led Conferences)

·       June 26, 2018 (Last Day of School – Distribution to Scholars)



Promotion decisions are made in June. Promotion to the next grade is based on multiple measures, including State test scores, course grades, and samples of scholar work, which determine whether the scholar has demonstrated sufficient progress toward attaining Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

·       Scholars in Grade 8 must also attain passing grades in core English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies courses in order to be promoted to Grade 9.

·       Scholars with disabilities (based on their IEP) and English Language Learners (based on their number of years of enrollment) may be held to modified academic promotion standards. For specific details, consult the school’s IEP or ENL coordinator.