Scheduling and Grading

Buncombe County Grievance Policy for Students, Board Policy 626

It is the policy of the Buncombe County Board of Education that students and parents should have redress for grievances regarding the evaluation of academic performance. Therefore, if at any time a student believes he has a grievance regarding the evaluation of an academic assignment, the student may report the grievance to the principal’s office in his school. The student should provide his name and a description of the grievance giving rise to the complaint. The principal will investigate the incident and reach a decision within three (3) school days. The principal is empowered to change the grade if, after investigation, the principal determines that the evaluation was arbitrary and capricious. A written copy of the decision will be sent to the student and parent or guardian.


A.    Student registration and course selections are completed in the spring.  Many hours have been dedicated to creating a master schedule. The number of various classes, staffing needs, use of personnel, and balancing of class size were based upon the choices you made during spring registration.  The registration card you submitted is on file and serves as verification of your choices.  In some circumstances, your schedule may not be an actual reflection of your original selections due to master schedule conflicts or graduation requirements.  For reasons other than an error or oversight on the school’s part or a graduation requirement, these schedules will not be changed.

B.    Students may pick up schedules at school in early August.  Exact dates and times will be announced through the “School Messenger” telephone messaging system, posted on the NBHS website, and through other communication. If an error has occurred, please make an appointment with the Counseling Office as soon as possible so that we may address the issue.

Grading System

      Grades represent mastery of content and completion of requirements in a given class.  Students are marked on the basis of their individual ability insofar as can be determined by standardized tests, teacher's tests, daily work, observations, and conferences.  Through such an individual grading system, it is believed that students will be challenged to work to the maximum of their ability.  Therefore, it is important that the grades of one student never be compared with those of another. 

The North Carolina State Board of Education approved a 10-point grading scale for all high school students (9-12) beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

For high school students, the change will affect the way grade-point averages, or GPAs, are calculated for transcripts and class rank. Below is a chart highlighting the changes:


A: 90-100 = 4.0

B: 80-89 = 3.0

C: 70-79 = 2.0

D: 60-69 = 1.0

F: <59 = 0.0


This scale will not include “pluses” or “minuses” and it will be applied for coursework beginning with the 2015-16 school year for students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. There will not be any attempt to retroactively alter grades from prior years.


New standards for quality points will take effect for the ninth graders in the fall of 2015-16 and all students entering high school after that year. This change will not affect students who will be in grades 10, 11 or 12 in 2015-16.


The new quality points standard will provide an additional .5 quality point to Honors courses and a 1.0 additional quality point to Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, community college courses, or four year university or college courses taken in high school. This eliminates discrepancies between AP/IB and community college or college/university courses and quality points and provides the same additional quality point to all college-level coursework. For example, a student who earns an A in an AP course would receive a weighted 5.0 grade for that particular course.


Student transcripts will now include numerical grades, in addition to the GPA and letter grade.


Students in grades 10, 11 or 12 in 2015-16 will continue following the previous system.

Weighted Points for Credit

A = 4 Quality Points      Honors Class = +1 pts

B = 3 Quality Points      AP Class = +2 pts

C = 2 Quality Points

D = 1 Quality Points     

F = 0 Quality Points

Promotion Guidelines

A.    To be a Sophomore:     6 units  

B.    To be a Junior:          13 units  

C.    To be a Senior:           20 units  

D.    To graduate:               28 units including all required state and local courses.

(1-Semester Course = one unit credit)

(4 Classes per semester = eight units per year)


High School final exams will count 25% of the grade for the course. For courses that have state mandated assessments, students must score 70% or better on the state mandated assessment or a principal approved retest to receive credit for the course. At principal discretion, a portfolio of student work may be evaluated in place of the principal approved retest. (School Board Policy 625)

Admission of Students

A.   In order to receive a diploma from North Buncombe High School, a student must be in attendance the final semester of their senior year.

B.   Home-school students – Credits and grades earned will be recorded on the student’s transcript at standard level with no course weight assigned.

C. Students who fail a course may attend academic summer school immediately following the failed class for one credit or one course (provided the course is available and the summer school program is funded).  Summer school for classes failed previous years is no longer allowed in the BCS system. 

D.  The school also provides opportunities for students who qualify to receive credit through our Course Recovery program during the school year, which is only available if numbers justify the program and funding is available.

E.   Students cannot take two years of English during the same year in high school without prior principal approval. 

F. Students having legal residency outside of the NBHS district must receive Board approval to attend North Buncombe High School. Their request must be processed through the Buncombe County Schools Student Services.

G. All transfer students must have an administrative interview before attending classes.

Report Cards    Report cards are issued after each nine-week grading period for a total of four times annually.  Progress reports will be given to all students midway through the nine-week grading periods. Parents are encouraged to check student progress online using the Parent Portal through Power School.  Please see our website for access information.

Honor Roll

      After each reporting period, a list of students who have made the scholastic honor roll will be announced.  Students appearing on the A Honor Roll, must have earned all As. Students appearing on the A/B Honor Roll, must not have earned any grades lower than a B.