• Academic Expectations

    Eden Prairie Schools and Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) are committed to the academic success of all students. We know you have entrusted your student’s education to us, and we promise to work as hard as possible to educate each child in a caring, safe environment.

    Graduation Requirements

    A student must successfully complete 54 credits to graduate and complete all courses required of their graduating class. In addition, students are required to pass graduation exams required by the State of Minnesota. Eden Prairie High School expects students to make continuous progress toward graduation. Seniors will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises only if they have completed and passed all graduation requirements, or are fewer than two credits deficient. Students who are deficient in credits may make them up by enrolling for extra classes or attending an approved night school, summer school, or independent study program. It is strongly recommended that the student confer with his/her counselor regarding progress toward graduation.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Credit for Prior Learning provides students the opportunity to demonstrate prior learning. A student may test out of most courses if s/he is able to demonstrate prior knowledge and mastery of the course outcomes. Each department determines the appropriate assessments and acceptable level of performance. A student may not test out of any course in which s/he has been or is currently enrolled. Testing will occur twice a year. All applications for this procedure must be completed by November 1 for terms 3 and 4 and April 1 for terms 1 and 2 of the next school year. Science courses require earlier application dates – see the Gifted and Talented Coordinator for more information. Credit for Prior Learning may not be used towards the Honors Diploma. Forms for the Credit for Prior Learning process are available from the Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

    Dropping Classes

    • Class drops will be allowed only for students who have not met course prerequisites and/or are significantly misplaced as suggested by previous course grades.
    • Students must submit all required paperwork (including required signatures from teacher, parent, and counselor) by the deadline, or the course will not be dropped. The deadline is the first Friday after the quarter begins.
    • Drop forms are available in the counseling office.
    • Students in grades 9-10 are expected to carry a full schedule throughout the school year. This means they will have a class every period of the school day.
    • Students in grades 11-12 are expected to carry a minimum of 3 classes each term.

    Eden Prairie Independent Coursework (EPIC)

    Independent Coursework is an option offered to allow a student to design his/her own learning plan, creating an option for credit. The goal of the program is to give students a learning opportunity which fits individual needs while maintaining a quality experience. This option is not intended for courses regularly offered in the EPHS Course Offerings Guide, and teachers are under no obligation to supervise students in this program. EPIC forms are available from the Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

    EPHS Staff Assistance Limited to EPHS Courses

    EPHS staff are under no obligation to assist students taking non-EPHS courses. Examples of non-EPHS courses include: Post-Secondary Enrollment Option courses, Credit for Prior Learning, non-EPHS online courses, non-EPHS Advanced Placement courses, or Self-Study.

    Failing and Re-taking a Course

    A student who has received a “D+” or lower has the option of re-taking the same course. The student may not earn credit multiple times for the same course. The student is responsible for requesting that the higher grade replace the lower grade on the transcript (i.e., the lower grade is eliminated from the transcript.) Registration will be on a space available basis. Students failing the preceding term of a multiple term class may continue in the course at the discretion of the teacher.

    Grade Level Waivers

    Grade level requirements for EPHS courses are listed in the Course Offerings Guide. Students may ask for a grade level waiver on a case-by-case basis by meeting each of the following criteria:
    • a severe scheduling conflict or other extreme need, as determined by an EPHS counselor or administrator;
    • a high class ranking equivalent to Post-Secondary Enrollment Option status for the University of Minnesota (the student must have a GPA of 3.70 or higher);
    • completion of all other prerequisites for the course;
    • a strong teacher recommendation from the student’s most recent teacher in the subject area in question for the waiver;
    • several examples of where the student has shown strong interactive or discussion skills in a class or activity (especially highlighting interaction or discussion with older students); AND,
    • an early request (i.e., during the spring registration period for the following school year) so that staffing levels can be addressed, or a later request if space is available in the class in question.
    EPHS reserves the right to deny a grade level waiver if related administrative issues cannot be reasonably resolved. Forms to request a grade level waiver are available from the Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

    Grading Policy

    These policies are established to reflect the EPHS philosophy that grades are a reflection of learning and our commitment to EACH student’s learning. The purpose of grading is to communicate to parents/guardians, students, and the community the extent to which the student has met the objectives of a course. The 4.0 non-weighted grading system, standardized within courses and departments, should promote risk-taking, promote mastery, and allow for personalization. Letter grades are determined in each class as follows:
    A
    93-100%
    A-
    90-92%
    B+
    87-89%
    B
    83-86%
    B-
    80-82%
    C+
    77-79%
    C
    73-76% 
    C-
    70-72% 
    D+
    67-69%
    D
    63-66%  
    D-
    60-62% 
    F
    0-59% 
    Pass/No Credit system:  P = 73% and above NC = below 73%
    • Final term grades will be rounded up for point values of .5-.9 and rounded down for point values of 0-.4.
    • Grades based on at least a 70% Academic Performance/30% Academic Practice split
    • No Extra Credit factored into grade
    • Re-takes/re-dos apply to course/team identified Essential Learning items in the Academic Performance category
    • Any re-take/re-do is worth 100% value
    • Cheating or unexcused absences on Essential Learning items in Academic Performance category will result in disciplinary responses, but re-take/re-do rule applies. 
    • If students are missing Essential Learning items in Academic Performance category at the end of a term, the student grade may be reported as an incomplete until the student completes those items

    Pass/No Credit Option

    The guidelines for the pass/no credit option are:
    • The student must continue to meet all classroom expectations after choosing the P/NC option or the option will be revoked and the student will be graded on an A - F scale. This includes completion of daily work, projects, and quizzes/tests. Class attendance is mandatory.
    • The passing grade for all departments will be 73 percent of the accumulated points or grades for the term.
    • Students may exercise the option for up to two courses each year with no more than one per term.
    • Many colleges and universities request courses be taken for the grade.
    • Students must declare their intent in writing with required signatures by the second school day following parent/teacher conferences each term.

    Homework

    When a student is ill, the student is encouraged to contact a classmate or contact a teacher by email, voicemail, and access Moodle/Schoology site to get assignments. If students need textbooks from a locker, parents/guardians are encouraged to stop at the high school and pick up the books from their student’s locker. Teachers are not required to provide assignments prior to a student’s vacation. Students must turn in homework within an agreed time frame. Parents must call the attendance line, 952-975-8001, within 48 hours to excuse an absence.


    Academic Integrity

    Eden Prairie High School strives to establish high ethical standards for all students in order to create a positive and stimulating learning environment. Integrity is essential to  excellence both in education and life. Assessments and other schoolwork are measures of a student's academic performance. Honesty is required to ensure an accurate measurement of a student's academic knowledge. Student work must be evaluated on what the student knows or can do in order for the student and his/her family to have a clear and accurate accounting of the student's mastery of the material. When a student chooses to cheat and/or plagiarize on their schoolwork, they both compromise their integrity and project an inaccurate picture of their performance. As such, academic integrity violations will include both academic and disciplinary responses.


    Plagiarism

    Plagiarism is the taking of someone else’s product, words, ideas, or data and representing them as if they are one’s own work. When a student submits work for credit that includes the product, words, ideas, or data of others, the source must be acknowledged by the use of complete, accurate, and specific references. By placing one’s name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgements. On written assignments, if verbatim statements are included, the statements must be enclosed by quotation marks or set off from regular text as indented extracts. A student will avoid being charged with plagiarism if there is an acknowledgement of sources of information whenever one:
    • Quotes another person’s actual words, or replicates all or part of another’s product.
    • Cutting and pasting another person’s actual words.
    • Uses another person’s ideas, opinions, work, data, or theories, even if they are completely paraphrased in one’s own words.
    • Borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials - unless the information is common knowledge.

    Incomplete Policy

    Incompletes can be given to students who did not complete coursework due to extenuating circumstances that are beyond their control. If students are missing Essential Learning items in Academic Performance category at the end of a term, the student grade may be reported as an incomplete until the student completes those items. When a student earns a grade of (I) Incomplete, it will be reflected in the computation of his/her new GPA as a zero. This zero stays until the grade is changed. In order to resolve an incomplete, the student must make arrangements with the teacher to complete the missing work. If an incomplete is not completed by these arrangements the student has these options:
    1. Contract with their teacher to finish it: If student contracts with a teacher, the teacher stipulates what must be done and a deadline (at least 3 weeks after the end of the term) for completion of work. If student contracts with teacher, and does not complete by the contracted deadline, the “I” turns in to an “F” and there is no option to go to credit recovery.
    2. Enroll in an in-school credit recovery class: If student enrolls in the in-school credit recovery class, they must finish the incomplete by the end of the term of enrollment. If they do not, the “I” turns into an “F” and there is no option to go to 287 credit recovery. This option is only available if the original class is able to provide materials to allow credit recovery. If the teacher can provide rubrics to correct the assessments associated with the incomplete, then the credit recovery teacher can do this. If not, then the original teacher must evaluate the work. 
    3. Enroll in a 287 after school credit recovery class: If student enrolls in the 287 after school credit recovery class, they have one year from time of enrollment to complete the course (per 287 guidelines). If they do not, the “I” turns in to an “F.” This option is only available if the original class is able to provide materials to allow credit recovery. If the teacher can provide rubrics to correct the assessments associated with the incomplete, then the credit recovery teacher can do this. If not, then the original teacher must evaluate the work. 
    4. Enroll in a 287 summer school class: If student enrolls in the 287 summer school credit recovery class, need to complete credit in summer school. If they do not, they must re-take the class in the regular school year. The original grade of “I” turns in to an “F.” This option is only available if the original class is able to provide materials to allow credit recovery. If the teacher can provide rubrics to correct the assessments associated with the incomplete, then the credit recovery teacher can do this. If not, then the original teacher must evaluate the work.