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4503.4 Examinations
4503.4.1
Rules for Alternating (A/B) classes – Every high school student will be required to
take first semester examinations in alternating courses. In order to be exempt from second
semester examinations, a student must not have more than ten excused absences and no unex-
cused absences for the entire school year.
4503.4.2
Rules for Block (4 x 4) classes – A high school student may be exempted from a
maximum of 50% of their block (4 x 4) classes in a semester if the student has no more than
five (5) excused absences and no unexcused absences in that semester. Excessive illness or
extraordinary circumstances will be left to the discretion of the principal.
4503.4.3
Application of Exemption Rules for high school students.
4503.4.3.1
Students who have four (4) classes and meet the exemption standards must
take two examinations per semester. During each exam period, at least one of the two
exams that the student takes must be a core class. Core classes are English, mathematics,
science, and social studies courses. Core classes are different from required classes.
4503.4.3.2
Students who have five (5) classes and meet the exemption standards must
take three examinations at the end of the first semester and one examination at the end of
the second semester. For the first semester, the student must take the exams in each of
his/her alternating courses. Additionally, the student must take one other exam from his/
her block course. At least one of these exams must be a core class. Core classes are Eng-
lish, mathematics, science and social studies courses. Core classes are different from re-
quired classes. For the second semester, the student must take one exam from any of his/
her five (5) classes. This exam must be a core class.
4503.4.3.3
Students who have six (6) classes and meet the exemption standards must take
four exams at the end of the first semester. These exams are all in the student’s alternat-
ing courses. At least one of these examinations must be a core class. Core classes are
English, mathematics, science and social studies. Core classes are different from required
courses. If none of these alternating courses are a core class, then the student must take a
core examination at the end of the second semester. If one of the first semester exams
that a student takes is a core class and the student maintains his/her exemption status, then
the student will not take any examinations at the end of the second semester.
4503.4.3.4
A student who is enrolled in a college course may only count that examination
in this computation if he/she is enrolled in the course for dual credit; the course must ap-
pear on the student’s high school transcript.