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Academic Information

Below you will find information about grades, Advanced Placement and Honors Courses, Student Services, the Notre Dame Program and Title I Tutoring, and State Graduation Requirements. Please reference our Student Handbook for all academic information.


Report Cards

Reports of academic progress are made four times during the year at Bishop Hartley. These reports are mailed home each quarter by the school office.

Progress Reports (Interims)

Grades are accessible as teachers post them on ALMA.

Our learning management system is ALMA. ALMA is accessible to students and parents 24/7.  Students are given individual pass codes and instructed to share them with parents. Teachers should post grades within 7 days of testing or collection of assignments. The exceptions are essay, research, project assignments; these are cases in which teachers need additional time for assessments.

Grading System

The following are the criteria for grades at Bishop Hartley:

College Preparatory & General Courses Advanced Placement & Honors Courses
A  93 – 100  4.00        C  73 – 76  2.00 A  90 – 100  4.00          C+   73 – 76  2.30
A- 90 – 92  3.70          C- 70 – 72  1.70 A- 87 – 89  3.70            C 70    – 72   2.00
B+ 87 – 89  3.30         D+ 67 – 69  1.30 B+ 83 – 86  3.30           C-   67 – 69    1.70
B  83 – 86  3.00          D  65 – 66  1.00 B  80 – 82  3.00            D   65    – 66   1.00
B- 80 – 82  2.70          F Below 65   0.00 B- 77 – 79  2.70             F   Below 65   0.00
C+ 77 – 79  2.30


Grade Point Average for All Courses on a 4.0 Scale (except World Language)

The year average for each course is calculated in the following manner:

Semester Course:   First Quarter   40%
Second Quarter  40%
Semester Final  20%

Year Course:         First Quarter   20%
Second Quarter  20%
Semester Exam   10%
Third Quarter   20%
Fourth Quarter  20%
Semester Exam   10%

World Language Courses Grades

The World Language Department assesses student progress using the national standards of the American Conference of Teachers Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students must demonstrate proficiency in each of four separate areas – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking along with the cumulative grade earned for active classroom participation – in order to receive credit and move to the next level.

Because this assessment format is unfamiliar to many, we have developed a separate handout that explains assessment, evaluation and grading for the 2018-2019 school year. Each student in a World Language class will receive this handout, each student will receive instruction to understand this system, each student will be required to obtain his/her parent’s signature indicating that it was shared at home. (Additional copies are available throughout the year from the School Counseling Office and the Department Chairperson.)

The grade point system and requirements for receiving credit as outlined in the handout should be considered school policy and not subject to change/omission unless approved by the principal.

Grade Point Average for French, Italian and Spanish Courses

The cumulative grade for the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Levels of French, Italian and Spanish courses are made up of the cumulative grade for each of the four skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening along with the cumulative grade earned for active classroom participation. These five are calculated in the following manner:

Cumulative Participation Grade        20%         Cumulative Participation Grade        20%

Cumulative Reading Grade                  20%        Cumulative Reading Grade                 20%

Cumulative Writing Grade                   20%        Cumulative Writing Grade                  20%

Cumulative Speaking Grade                20%        Cumulative Speaking Grade              20%

Cumulative Listening Grade               20%         Cumulative Listening Grade              20%
First Quarter Grade       100%                           Second Quarter/                          100%
                                                                                    Semester Grade    

Cumulative Participation Grade        20%       Cumulative Participation Grade       20%

Cumulative Reading Grade                 20%       Cumulative Reading Grade               20%

Cumulative Writing Grade                 20%        Cumulative Writing Grade                20%

Cumulative Speaking Grade              20%        Cumulative Speaking Grade             20%

Cumulative Listening Grade              20%        Cumulative Listening Grade            20%
Third Quarter Grade                 100%            Fourth Quarter/                          100%
                                                                                  Year End Grade

  • It is important to note that quarter/semester grades reflecting the four combined skills do not guarantee issuance of credit.
  • In order to receive credit for any of the French and Spanish courses and to move on to the next level, a student must demonstrate proficiency in each of the four language skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening, by earning a minimum 81% cumulative grade in each skill at the end of the school year.

Grade Point Average for Latin Courses

The cumulative grade for the Novice and Intermediate Levels of Latin courses for both skills of Reading and Writing are calculated in the following manner:

Cumulative Reading Grade  50%         Cumulative Reading Grade     50%

Cumulative Writing Grade  50%         Cumulative Writing Grade       50%
First Quarter Grade                             Second Quarter/Semester Grade

Cumulative Reading Grade  50%         Cumulative Reading Grade     50%

Cumulative Writing Grade  50%         Cumulative Writing Grade       50%
Third Quarter Grade                           Fourth Quarter/Year End Grade

  • It is important to note that quarter/semester grades reflecting both of the combined skills do not guarantee issuance of credit.
  • In order to receive credit for any of the Latin courses and to move on to the next level, a student must demonstrate proficiency in both language skills, Reading and Writing, by earning a minimum 81% cumulative grade in each skill at the end of the school year.

Physical Education Requirement

All students are required by law to earn ½ credit in Physical Education. A student is excused from Physical Education participation only upon written notice from the family doctor. The Diocese does not grant Physical Education credit for participation in organized sports and band.

Academic Probation

Students who earn below a 2.0 G.P.A. at the end of each quarter will be subject to review by the administration and school counseling department for determination of the appropriate intervention measures.

A student whose cumulative G.P.A. at the end of the year is below 2.0 may return to Bishop Hartley on a conditional basis only. In order to remain enrolled, the student must improve sufficiently to achieve this requirement. Any student who fails Religion during the school year, and either does not take or fails Religion in the summer, will not be readmitted to Bishop Hartley in the fall. In addition, any student who fails Religion two consecutive academic years may not be readmitted to Bishop Hartley the following fall.

Incomplete Grades

  1. At the end of the quarter, an Incomplete will be a placeholder on the grade card for students who have missing work due to a school-negotiated absence, e.g. hospitalization.

In order to earn a letter grade and avoid a failing grade for incomplete work, the student must meet with the school counselor, and, with input from the classroom teachers devise a schedule by which missing work and assessments are completed. Failure to meet with the school counselor and devise this schedule may result in a failing grade.

Generally, a student must complete the missing work within one week of the end of the quarter.

  1. Students who are missing work due to more than 7 absences per quarter will receive no higher than a quarter grade of 64 in the class.
  2. Students who have failed by the end of the quarter to turn in work and/or take all graded assessments due to poor time management or study skill will not be allowed to extend the grading period beyond the published date in order to make up work.
  3. Enrollment for the next grade level requires successful completion of all failures of required courses, including Religion prior to re-admission to Bishop Hartley.

Full-Time Student

A full-time student is one who is: a traditional student taking at least 5 classes during the day at Bishop Hartley; a vocational student taking his/her required courses at Bishop Hartley; or a student taking college courses but receiving high school credit for them by Bishop Hartley.

Recognition for Academic Achievement

Each quarter the Honor Roll publishes the names of those students who have excelled by achieving a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above and whose conduct grade is 85 or above.

National Honor Society Guidelines for the Bishop Hartley High School Student Handbook (Revised June 2016)


Membership in National Honor Society (N.H.S.) is an honor bestowed upon students who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Members are expected to continue to excel in these areas after induction. Students do not apply for positions in the society; rather, sophomores and juniors who meet the academic criteria of a 3.500 cumulative G.P.A. are invited to submit additional information and then are evaluated by the Faculty Council, consisting of five faculty representatives approved by the Principal and moderated by the N.H.S. Faculty Advisor. If the Faculty Council decides, by majority vote, that exceptional and consistent service, leadership, character, and scholarship have been clearly demonstrated, the candidate will be invited to be inducted into the Bishop Hartley Chapter of NHS. The chapter meets at least once per month and participates in additional projects that serve both the school and the surrounding community.

Selection for membership is a privilege and not a right; it is based upon the following criteria. Each candidate must:

  • be a sophomore or junior in good standing;
  • have at least one semester of residency at Hartley. This will be waived if the student has already been inducted into N.H.S. at another school (written verification needed);
  • have earned and hold a 3.500 cumulative G.P.A.;
  • complete and submit the Candidate Form;
  • provide clear evidence of exceptional, significant, sincere, and consistent voluntary service to the community;
  • sophomores will have to document at least a minimum of 30 hours of service prior to selection to be eligible;
  • be evaluated by the entire faculty on the basis of demonstrated leadership and character;
  • be recommended by majority vote of the Faculty Council after consideration of demonstrated leadership, service, and character.


Once inducted, members of the National Honor Society are expected to maintain the excellence that earned them membership in the organization. Specifically, members are expected to maintain a minimum 3.500 cumulative G.P.A. and to document a minimum of 30 hours of approved and verified community service during each calendar year. Additionally, members are expected to attend all chapter meetings, the dates of which are announced in advance, in order to participate fully in the life of the chapter. Membership requires active commitment from all who are selected and violations of the Chapter Bylaws could result in revocation of membership.

The National Honor Society Constitution and the Bylaws for the Bishop Hartley Chapter are available on the school website and from the Chapter Advisor. Clarification is available throughout the school year by contacting the Chapter Advisor.

Transfer Credit Policy

When necessary, adjustments in credit requirements will be made for students who transfer to Bishop Hartley.

In order for appropriate course selection to be determined, a student who enrolls at Bishop Hartley is required to have a current transcript and standardized test performance scores on file.

Physical Education credit awarded by an accredited Ohio high school for a student’s participation in a school sport, etc., according to the rules of the Ohio Department of Education, will be honored when the student transfers to Bishop Hartley High School.

Religion Requirement Transfer Policy

Any student transferring to Bishop Hartley High School after the ninth grade from another Catholic high school must have passed his or her religion credit requirement or successfully complete Religion in summer school in order to be admitted to Bishop Hartley.


Advanced Placement and Honors Courses

Honors level courses are offered in Science 9, Biology, Chemistry, U.S History, Physics, English 9-12, and Mathematics 9-12.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in Art, American Government, American History, Calculus, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Biology, French, Italian, Spanish, and Computer Science.

College Credit Plus

Bishop Hartley students enrolled in AP Calculus, Calculus II, and Statistics can earn both high school and college credit through the College Credit Plus program with Columbus State Community College. These courses are taught at Bishop Hartley by Bishop Hartley teachers. For each class, students earn one unit of high school credit. A fee is assessed for the college credit.

Since Hartley students typically enroll under Option B when participating in a post-secondary enrollment program and, therefore, earn both high school and college credit, they have been charged full tuition at Bishop Hartley. This tuition policy is consistent among Catholic high schools in Columbus.

Student Services

Bishop Hartley’s Student Services Program supports students holistically by addressing their spiritual, academic, physical, and emotional needs. The Student Services Team meets weekly for two purposes. The first is to discuss students whose current behavior has concerned teachers and staff in order to create a plan of action. The plan will address the needs of the student and may require support from parents, teachers, and outside services. A team member is assigned to implement and monitor the plan and report to the team at future meetings. The second purpose is to review the progress made by any students for whom a plan of action was previously designed.

Team Members

Academic Assistant Principal

Student Health
School Nurse
Clinical Psychologist

Educational Services
School Counselors (3)
School Psychologist
Intervention Specialists (2)
Title I Tutors (2)
Test Preparation Tutor

Spiritual Formation
Campus Minister
School Chaplain

For a complete list of student services offered at Bishop Hartley, click HERE.


Notre Dame Program

The Notre Dame Program coordinates services for students on a Services Plan, IEP, Academic Support Plan, and/or Medical Plan. The Notre Dame team consists of two intervention specialists who work closest with the school counselors, school psychologist, and clinical psychologist to track student progress, enable teachers to address speck needs, provide accommodations, and communicate with parents.

A student qualifies for the Notre Dame Program with one of the following:

  • Services Plan/IEP: a student has a current (completed within the past 3 years) ETR which qualifies him/her to receive special education services.
  • Academic Support Plan/504/Medical Plan: a student has current (completed within the past 3 years) medical documentation that qualifies him/her for accommodations.

Title I Tutoring

The Title I Program coordinates tutoring support for students who have qualified for Title I services. Support staff develops individual plans based on student’s need for Math and Reading development. The team works closely with classroom teachers to develop lessons in Reading and/or Math, uses instructional strategies to deliver lessons, tracks student progress, and communicates with parents.

A student qualifies for Title I tutoring by meeting all three of the following criteria:

  • C or below in his/her current Math and/or English course
  • 50th percentile or below on most recent standardize test in the area of Math and/or English

Resident within Columbus City School District


Required Credits

Religion 4
English 4
Mathematics ** 4
Science 3
Social Studies 3
Health 0.5
Physical Education 0.5
Art (visual or performing) 0.5
Leadership 1.0
Electives 3.5
Minimum credits required for graduation     24.0

** Math – Bishop Hartley requires 4 years of Math

In order to receive a diploma from an accredited school in Ohio, all students must pass Algebra II.

In addition to the successful acquisition of the above credits, a graduating senior needs to have met the end-of-course exam rules of the State of Ohio in order to receive a diploma.  These requirements include demonstrating proficiency in seven subjects by scores on a battery of standardized tests.  Bishop Hartley students take the Iowa Assessments.  The scores on these tests are converted to 1-5 points for seven subject areas: English I and II, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History, and American Government.  A Student needs to score a minimum of 18 points with at least 4 points in English I and II, at least 4 points in Algebra I and Geometry, a combined total of 6 points in Biology, American History, and American Government, with 4 additional points on any test to total 18.

The Class of 2019 will combine points earned on the AIR end-of-course exams with Iowa Assessments for their graduation points.

Students must successfully complete their assigned English research papers (all levels) in order to receive credit for the class.

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