Academic Information

Absences and Makeup Work

Block classes aim to engage students in learning activities which largely cannot be duplicated outside the classroom. Consequently, attending class is critical. Inevitably, students will be absent from class in cases of illness, family emergency and other unavoidable conflicts. When makeup work accumu-lates, students may become overwhelmed, the quality of their work may deteriorate and the learning experience may be compromised. After an absence, THE STUDENT MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for making up any missed work, including tests, quizzes, exams, essays, reading assignments and projects.

For each day of excused absence, a student is allowed one day of make-up time; a day of absence is defined as a day of school rather than class attendance. [Reason for an excused absence includes illness of the student, death in the family, religious holidays, participating in election day activities, school-sponsored activities and Learning Adjustment Center (LAC) placement.]
EXAMPLE: If Susie Student is absent for her A-day class and returns to school on B-day, that B-day is her makeup time. On that B-day (her return-to-school day), she must pick up the materials she needs for her next A-day class and will be expected to be prepared for that A-day class.

  • The same basic rule applies to extended absences.
  • If a student is present in school on a particular day but called out to miss a particular period, the work due on that day is still due on that day; extended makeup time does not apply.
  • In the instance of an explained absence, the student has the obligation to inform his/her teacher prior to the absence and make appropriate arrangements at that time to complete any missed work. If students do not take the initiative in these instances, the teacher is under no obligation to accommodate makeup work. [Parent-approved absences, such as vacations, are considered by the building administrator for approval as an explained absence if the request is made by the parent prior to the absence.]
  • If a student is absent on the day prior to an exam or due date for an assignment, except under extreme circumstances, the student is still expected to turn in the work due or take the exam on the day of his or her return.

 

EXAMPLE: If Paul Pupil has known that on September 19, an A-day he is to turn in his essay on “The Lottery” or that he will be taking a unit exam in algebra, but he was absent on September 18 because of a bout with allergy, his teacher will expect him to turn in his essay or to take his algebra test as scheduled. However, if Paul’s mother was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery, his teacher is likely to understand when Paul explains that he has forgotten his essay or was too distracted to prepare for his algebra exam.

  • When students do not follow established procedures covering delayed work, teachers are under no obligation to give full or even partial credit. 
  • In the case of unexcused absences and out-of-school suspensions, teachers may not give full or even partial credit.
  • Teachers will respond to extenuating circumstances individually.
AP Course Policy

The Advanced Placement program has been developed for the purpose of providing opportunities for academically-talented students to pursue college-level courses and receive college credit. The Board of Education encourages the continued growth and development of this program at the Glenbrook school and considers it to be an excellent opportunity for college-bound students.

  1.  Students who register for Advanced Placement courses are expected to take the Advanced Placement examinations for those respective courses. Any student enrolled in an Advanced Placement course who does not wish to take an AP exam for that course, for any reason, is required to consult with their counselor.
  2. All students who enroll in an AP course must pay the examination fee which is determined by the College Board.
  3. Fees will not be refunded.
  4. Students who are unable to pay for the AP examinations because of financial difficulties should see their counselors.
  5. Students who are not enrolled in an AP class who wish to take an AP exam must obtain permission from the respective instructional supervisor.
Athletic/Physical Education Waiver Procedures

Junior and senior students who participate in a Board of Education approved varsity interscholastic athletic team are eligible to substitute the varsity athletic team participation for enrollment in one semester of physical education, during the semester in which the student is participating in the varsity athletic team. Eligibility for such substitutions is subject to the following conditions:

1. Students shall be required to be enrolled in a Physical Education course during each semester they are enrolled in the district; enrollment in the required Health course shall satisfy this requirement for the semester during which the student is enrolled in the required Health course.

  1. Junior and senior students who participate on an interscholastic athletic team that is either an IHSA sanctioned and/or Board of Education approved sport, or who are enrolled in a marching band course offered for credit, shall be eligible to substitute the athletic team or marching band participation for enrollment in one semester of Physical Education, during the semester in which the student is participating in the athletic team or marching band. Marching band participation will begin with the 2007-2008 school year. Eligibility for such substitutions shall be subject to the following conditions:
  2. The student shall continue to be required to be enrolled in a minimum of six courses during the semester in which the athletic team or marching band participation is substituted for participation in Physical Education.
  3. To substitute athletic or marching band participation for enrollment in physical education for an entire semester, the student must replace the physical education course with another course for credit.
  4. A student may substitute athletic or marching band participation when offered for academic credit during the official season for participation in the physical education class in which they are enrolled. They will remain enrolled in the physical education class and will be expected to fully participate at all times during the semester that are outside of the official athletic or marching band season. Students electing this option will be expected to follow the established policies of the physical education department for attendance during the official athletic or marching band season.

D. A student who voluntarily discontinues participation on an athletic team may be required to re-enroll in a physical education class or be required to make up the enrollment in and credit for Physical Education for that semester. Students removed from a team may be re-enrolled in Physical Education as determined by the school administration.

  1. Students who are not able to continue their participation on an athletic team because of injury shall not be required to re-enroll in Physical Education.
  2. A student on a winter season athletic team, i.e., a team with schedule that spans first and second semester who elects to substitute athletic participation for enrollment in Physical Education, must do so during the first semester.
  3. A student participating in athletic teams in two separate seasons (fall, winter, spring) may elect to substitute athletic participation for enrollment in Physical Education during each semester, provided that the two separate seasons are a combination of a fall or winter sport and a spring sport.
  4. If a student requests the substitution of participation in an athletic team for enrollment in Physical Education at registration time, indicating an intention to be a part of an athletic team later in the year, and that student subsequently does not go out for the team or does not fill the other conditions listed above, the student shall be required to make up the enrollment in and credit for Physical Education for that semester.
  5. Credit toward graduation will not be given for the semester during which athletic team or marching band participation is substituted for physical education.
Course Selection and Placement

Incoming Freshmen Placement:

Recommendations for placement of incoming freshmen are made in cooperation with eighth grade teachers using a holistic interpretation of the following criteria:

  • The student’s local percentile scores for reading and language on the Terra Nova Exam (TNVA).
  • The student’s local percentile TNVA scores in mathematics and InView Quantitative Reasoning subtest (math placement only).  The student’s cognitive score on the TNVA “InView” test.
  • Eighth grade teacher assessments of the student’s study habits.
  • Eighth grade teacher placement recommendations.
  • Student’s grades in respective eighth grade courses.
  • Other pertinent information (special projects, writing awards, evidence of language talent, special interest in the subject area).  GBN Department Instructional Supervisor course recommendation.

No single criterion will determine a student’s placement level. The school looks at each student individually and strives to match the student with the course level in which he/she will be academically challenged and also motivated to succeed. This initial placement is not a permanent designation and is reviewed twice yearly.

Appeals:

In order to appeal the placement decision, students must obtain a Request for Change in Course Level Placement form which will be available in the junior high or middle schools in January. These forms must be completed and returned to the respective department Instructional Supervisor no later than January 31, 2018. The student will be scheduled for a placement test given in February for the respective subject area(s) which will provide additional data for reviewing the student’s placement. As a result of this additional information, the final placement decision along with the results of the subject area placement test(s) are mailed to parents. Counselors will adjust the student’s schedule when changes are warranted.

Current Student Placement:

Similar to the process described above, the student’s current teachers from the respective academic areas make recommendations in course placement level for the upcoming school year. They take into account the student’s academic ability and study habits. Teachers consider each student individually, striving to match the student with the course level in which he/she will be academically challenged and also motivated to succeed. This placement is not a permanent designation and is reviewed twice yearly.

 

Early Dismissals and Late Arrivals

The Board of Education recognizes that some students may need a shorter school day because of work experiences outside of school, illness or serious home obligations. The Board also understands that a few students may encounter difficulty adjusting to a full day of school and may profit from a shortened school day. The Board authorizes early dismissals and late arrivals to students when circumstances warrant. Application for early dismissal and late arrival should be made through the student’s counselor.

At least one of the following circumstances must exist before an early dismissal or late arrival is granted:

  1. The student has a need for employment which requires a shortened school day.
  2. The student has a family-related situation which requires the student’s presence.
  3. The student needs a shortened school day, in the judgment of the principal.
  4. A shortened day is listed as an accommodation on an IEP or Section 504 accommodation plan.

Students eligible for standard Late Arrival/Early Release must be juniors or seniors. Before granting an early dismissal or late arrival, the following criteria must be met:

  1. For Late Arrival, written request from the parent, which indicates the specific need for a shortened school day, must be submitted. In the case of health issues, a letter from the physician is required.
  2. Early release applications for employment require the signature of the employer. Please note that we make periodic checks with the employer to be sure the student continues to require early release.
  3. The student’s current schedule must have openings (no scheduled classes) at the beginning of the day for Late Arrival, or at the end of the day for Early Release. The schedule may not be changed to accommodate this request.
  4. Approval of the request must comply with state requirements.The student must be enrolled for at least 300 minutes of school attendance per day
  5. Students must be registered in at least 6 courses.
  6. No student is released earlier than 2:10 P.M. for reasons of employment, other than those students enrolled in a school conducted work/study program.
  7. Students who have been granted late arrival must report to school by 8:25 am for attendance purposes.
  8. No student may have both a late arrival and an early dismissal on the same day.
Early Graduation

Because of the value inherent in a person’s high school experience apart from his/her accumulation of the 24 credits necessary for graduation, Glenbrook believes s/he should spend a full four years in high school. Student age and mental development are all factors important in the last year of high school; the last half of the senior year provides further opportunity for the student to realize potential before leaving the high school phase of life. Consequently, a student meeting graduation requirements will graduate at the completion of eight semesters unless compelling circumstances make graduation before eight semesters a matter of urgent importance. Application for early graduation (7 semesters) should be made through the student’s counselor by May of the junior year.

 

Final Exams

The semester evaluation schedules and procedures are developed to imple-ment the Board of Education’s Final Examination Policy (7260). Each student must complete semester evaluations according to Administrative guidelines. It is not within the teacher’s prerogative to permit deviations from established evaluation dates and times.

Semester Evaluation Adjustments:

An adjustment in the evaluation schedule may be arranged if a student is scheduled for three evaluations on one day. The following steps are required:(1) Student obtains evaluation adjustment form from administrative assistant to Associate Principal/Curriculum. (2) Student requests that teacher of scheduled third evaluation complete form. (3) Student returns evaluation adjustment form to Associate Principal’s administrative assistant. (4) Procedure must be completed a minimum of five school days before the scheduled evaluation. (5) No fee is required.

Early/Late Semester Evaluations:

Evaluations are scheduled for the last three school days of each semester. It is imperative that students and parents not schedule vacations, jobs or other commitments during evaluation times; however, in extraordinary circumstances it may be necessary to request a deviation from established dates and times. Parents must contact the Associate Principal/Curriculum to review any adjustment requests. No fee is required.

SECOND SEMESTER SENIOR FINAL EXAM POLICY
1. A senior student with an 80% average and five or fewer absences (school-sponsored field trips, participation in Advanced Placement examinations and other school-sponsored activities will not count against the five excused absences) and with no unexcused absences or out of school suspensions may have the option of waiving the final. 

2. A senior student with a 90% average in the class may also have the option of waiving the final. The only attendance requirement is no unexcused absences.

3. By the nature of the course, if a final exam is deemed critical to a fair assessment of the student’s work, the student takes the final whether either of the conditions mentioned in #1 or #2 have been met. The instructor of the class, Instructional Supervisor and Principal (or designee) make this decision.

4. The computation of the grade is completed by the teacher one week prior to the senior final time schedule if the option is to be made available to students in their classes.

 

Glenbrook Academy of International Studies

The Glenbrook Academy of International Studies is a four-year program of collaborative studies in English, history and world language which has been designed to meet the special needs, interests and abilities of a limited number of highly talented and motivated students who have an interest in global issues. Admission to this program is limited to thirty entering freshmen through a competitive selection process.

Persons wishing further information concerning the Academy Program, entrance requirements and admissions procedures may call or write:

Director, Glenbrook Academy of International Studies
4000 West Lake Avenue
Glenview, Illinois 60026
Phone: 847-486-4496
Glenbrook Scholars

The principal of each school shall designate as Glenbrook academic scholars members of each year’s senior class who meet the established academic criteria for Glenbrook Scholars. The minimal criteria for a student who has completed three full semesters at a Glenbrook high school to be designated as a Glenbrook Scholar is the following:

Requirement Units of Credit
English 4.0
Mathematics 3.0
Science 3.0
Social Studies
— World History (recommended)
— U.S. History (required)
3.0
Physical Education 3.5*
Health 0.5
Drivers Education 0.25*
Constitution Test
(within U.S. History)
Consumer Education 0.5
Elective Courses 3.25
Fine Arts 0.5
Applied Arts 0.5
World Languages 2.0
Total 24.0
Grade Point Average Minimum
Academic GPA Minimum 4.50
All-Subject GPA Minimum 3.50
*Requirement may be fulfilled through an approved exemption.
Glenbrook TEAM Program

The Glenbrook North Team Program is a regular level academic program designed to help students experience success in their learning through a curriculum that emphasizes both content and skills in appropriately paced instruction. Students may be enrolled in one, two, or all four courses in the areas of math, science, or English and social studies. Interdisciplinary courses help students see the interconnectedness of learning while working to improve reading, writing, oral presentation, test taking, critical thinking and study skills. Most classes are team-taught, and students are evaluated and recommended to transition into and out of the program each year.

For further information, contact:
Eric Etherton, Associate Principal 847-509-2550

Grade Point Average

Two grade point averages will be computed for each student. Both grade point averages will be included on transcripts for other academic institutions or agencies.

The all-subject grade point average will include all courses for which a letter grade is awarded, irrespective of the area of instruction or level of difficulty. No weighting system will be used, and all courses will be considered of equal rank regardless of the level of instruction (i.e. honors and advanced placement or other courses will also be scored on a four-point scale). All- subject grade point averages will be calculated on the four-point scale listed under the “All Other Courses” column on the table listed below.

The academic grade point average will include only those courses in the areas of English, world languages, mathematics, science, and social studies for which a letter grade is awarded. While honors courses are usually limited to these five areas, this does not preclude the possible inclusion of honors courses in the other areas. Such courses will be so identified if they meet the criteria established by the superintendent and are approved by the principal/ designee and by the committee of teachers to establish criteria for honors courses. Such approval will enable the particular course to be included in the computation of the grade point average described above.

Weighting of courses will be included in the method for determining grade point average as described above. The following point system, based upon the level of instruction, will be used:

Grade All Courses Honors, Advanced
Placement & Academy
A 4 points 5 points
B 3 points 4 points
C 2 points 3 points
D 1 points 2 points
F 0 points 0 points

Letter grades received from academic institutions outside of District 225 will be recorded on a student’s transcript but will not be counted in the student’s grade point average.

All-subject and academic grade point averages will not be used to determine a class rank for students. No information indicating a relative class rank using either the all-subject or academic grade point averages will be issued internally or externally to staff, students, parents, other academic institutions or agencies.

Grading

The numerical equivalent of the letter grade system at Glenbrook North High School is as follows:

A=90-100

B=80-89

C=70-79

D=60-69

F=0-59

All grades, including final grades, are calculated by teachers through the averaging of percentages rather than through the numerical averaging of letter grades.

Once the percentage is determined, it is translated into a letter grade according to the above table. Letter grades are given a numerical weighting for grade point averaging as follows:

A=4

B=3

C=2

D=1

F=0

Each number except an “F” grade is increased by one point for honor courses for academic grade point.

Laboratory Assistant Program

Certain departments at Glenbrook North offer .25 units of credit each semester to students who successfully perform duties as laboratory assistants. A maximum of one unit of credit may be earned towards graduation.

The laboratory assistant program is designed to provide students with the opportunities to:

  1. Gain applied knowledge of a specific subject field.
  2. Explore career opportunities.
  3. Develop the discipline necessary to function as a lab assistant, teacher or tutor in the specific area assigned.
  4. Gain a sense of self-worth through rendering service to others.
  5. Apply some of the principles learned in the classroom to a work-related experience.
  6. Learn to follow directions and work under the leadership of adults. 

Students who have a desire to become a lab assistant should contact the instructional supervisor/administrator of the department of interest. Lab assistants are evaluated prior to each grading period. A copy of the evaluation form is sent home and another kept in the student’s temporary file.

National Honor Society and Honor Roll

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Membership in Glenbrook North’s National Honor Society promotes appropriate recognition of students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character. Each component is considered essential in the selection process.

To be eligible for membership, a candidate must be of junior standing and have a minimum academic grade point average of 3.5. Students who meet this academic standard will be invited to apply in early February. The application process consists of a leadership essay and a substantial list of verified community service hours. Generally speaking, community service activities are those that are done on behalf of others (not including family members) for which no compensation (monetary or other) has been given. These hours must be completed during the candidate’s high school career only and not affiliated with GBN credit. New members are initiated annually in May.

HONOR ROLL

At the conclusion of each semester, the Honor Roll is computed, printed and distributed to the appropriate school offices. Students are selected for the Honor Roll according to the following standards:

A student must earn at least a 3.300 all-subject grade point average.

Pass/Fail Program

The Pass-Fail Program was established to de-emphasize the concern for grades while emphasizing the concern for learning. It is hoped that the program will encourage students to broaden their education by venturing into areas they might otherwise avoid because of the possibility of negatively affecting grade point average. By removing this inhibitor, students should have a greater opportunity to discover and exercise their talents or interests by increasing the array of courses available for selection.

 

  1. In courses awarding more than .25 credit for the semester, students are eligible to take any 6-level course on a per semester pass/fail basis. Honors-level courses require the permission of the principal or the principal’s designee.
  2. All students are eligible to participate in the Pass/Fail Program for peer counseling/leader and all courses awarding .25 credit or less per semester.
  3. A maximum of 2.0 (4 classes) credits may be earned in the Pass/Fail Program during the four years of high school. Permission of the principal or the principal’s designee is required to exceed the 2.0 credit limit.
  4. A student may elect the pass/fail option for one course each semester of eligibility, or two courses in one semester provided no courses are taken pass/fail in any other semester of the same year, including summer school.
  5. Pass/Fail students are expected to meet the same course requirements as other students in the class.
  6. Prerequisites will not be waived for students seeking to enroll in the Pass/Fail Program.
  7. The criteria for receiving credit with “P” for a course taken pass/fail will be a grade of “C” or better on the teacher’s grading scale for all students in the class.
  8. The course title and a letter grade are entered on the student’s quarter grade and final exam report. A grade “P” (pass) or “F” (fail) is entered on the student’s report card at the end of the semester.
  9. The student’s transcript reflects the course title and credit if the course is satisfactorily completed but the “P” grade does not count in grade point average. If the student fails to do satisfactory work, the student’s transcript reflects the course title and an “F” grade, which is computed in the grade point average.
  10. Students may apply for the program by completing the Pass/Fail Program Request form which is available on the Student Services Website. The request for Pass/Fail will be discussed by the student’s counselor, the teacher of the course requested as Pass/Fail, and the student submitting the request between the beginning of the second quarter of the semester and up to eight days after the second quarter progress report due date. Final approval for the Pass/Fail request must be completed by the eighth school day after the second quarter progress report due date. A Pass/Fail request is irrevocable once a course has been approved as Pass/Fail; only a grade of “P” or “F” may be earned for that semester.
  11. The principal or the principal’s designee is authorized to make exceptions to the Pass/Fail Program on a case-by-case basis.
Policy on Courses Taken in Non-Glenbrook Programs
  1. The school or center within a college or university must be accredited for high school work.
  2. The college or university cannot describe the course(s) as “college level.” The student cannot receive high school credit for work that is awarded credit at the college level. The exception to this is a class offered at Oakton Community College under the “Concurrent Enrollment” provision.
  3. The student must obtain permission from Glenbrook North High School prior to enrolling or participating in an educational course outside the Glenbrooks that is being taken for credit and will be transferred to Glenbrook North for inclusion on the student’s transcript.

The amount of credit granted by Glenbrook North will be determined by the number of teacher/student contact hours scheduled by the school or institution and GBN’s assessment of the appropriateness of the course.

It should be noted that honors courses offered by the Glenbrooks contain more rigor and extensive content. Any course taken at the honors level outside of Glenbrook will be evaluated individually before it is accepted for honors designation. In a similar manner, summer classes completed in another accredited high school program will be evaluated by the number of contact hours, course title, and the course curriculum, to determine the appropriateness of the course, the level, and the amount of credit awarded. The notation on the student’s official GBN transcript indicates that the course was not completed in the Glenbrooks, and the grade appears on the transcript but is not computed into the GPA.

Procedures:

  1. The student must see his/her counselor before enrolling in any external school course. The counselor advises the student whether the course is appropriate academically for the student.
  2. The student then secures the “Glenbrook North High School Approval Request Form for External Course,” completes Section 1 of the form and submits it to the Instructional Supervisor of the appropriate department.
  3.  The Instructional Supervisor completes Section 2 of the form and submits it to the Assistant Principal for Student Services who distributes it to the parent, counselor and registrar.

Glenbrook North recognizes summer school and other external classes as an acceptable method for students to remediate or gain additional credit for acceleration. However, we reserve the right to grant credit utilizing the above guidelines.

CORRESPONDENCE AND INTERNET COURSES

Under extraordinary circumstances, a student’s needs may most appropriately be met by enrollment in a supervised, independent study course by correspondence or internet. In such cases, the administration is authorized to approve enrollment in these courses for credit towards the Glenbrook graduation requirements. A maximum of two units of credit obtained by the completion of approved correspondence/internet courses may be applied towards the Glenbrook graduation requirements.

Students may enroll in a correspondence/internet course only with prior written approval of the Assistant Principal for Student Services. In determining whether enrollment in a correspondence/internet course is the appropriate educational experience for a student, the Assistant Principal for Student Services considers such factors as: 1) the availability of programs provided at Glenbrook, 2) the number of credits needed by the student to meet graduation requirements, 3) the age of the student, 4) the availability of Glenbrook summer and evening school courses. When correspondence/internet classes are approved, their cost is at student/parent expense.

Schedule Changes

Students are permitted to initiate schedule changes only when the changes are clearly warranted. The addition or removal of courses in a student’s schedule must be completed by the sixth school day of each new semester. Since registration for each school year is completed by the preceding March, ample time is provided for careful program planning by the parents, counselor and student. School staffing is dependent upon student course requests, so it is important that students make careful selections and remain committed to those choices. Changes in registration are allowed through April 5, with certain important exceptions permitted, when advisable, up to the end of the school year in June.

Despite this policy, it is recognized that circumstances may dictate the following exceptions:

  1. A change because of a special approval, prerequisite, or graduation requirement. Evidence must be shown to indicate that such a change is necessary.
  2. A change due to attendance or failure to attend summer school or failure of a summer school course.
  3. A change from one level to another. Such a change may be made only with the written approval of the department instructional supervisor.
  4. A change initiated by a staff member requesting aides, monitors, lab assistants, etc. The student must be in a study hall or SRT for the period requested.
  5. A change for reasons of health. The approval of the Assistant Principal of Student Services is required along with a written statement from the student’s physician.
  6. A change due to administrative action, such as cancellation of a class.
  7. Students whose schedule change request does not meet one of the above criteria may drop but not add a class once the semester has begun. Schedule changes are not made for the purpose of specific teacher selections or to provide access to Late Arrival or Early Release.
  8. In the rare situation in which a student wishes to request a teacher change, s/he is asked to contact the Instructional Supervisor (I.S.) in the specific academic discipline and explain the reason for the request. The I.S. will address the student’s concern, and may consult with the instructor. This process may or may not result in a teacher change.
Withdrawal or Repeat Course Information

WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASS

Students are permitted to withdraw from a course during the first two weeks of the semester without penalty. Courses dropped during this time period will not appear on the student’s transcript. A student who withdraws within the first nine weeks, but after the second week, receives a “W” grade for that course on his/her transcript. A student must officially withdraw from a class no later than eight (8) school days after the completion of the first quarter of the semester. A student who withdraws after the quarter and eight (8) school days is subject to a “WF” grade for that course on the transcript.

REPEAT OF COURSE

Any student who wishes to repeat a course may do so within one calendar year of first enrolling in the course. Both grades received (the initial grade and the repeat grade) are recorded on the student’s transcript and the higher of the two grades is calculated into the grade point average. Students repeating a course because of a previous failure and the need to meet a graduation requirement are given priority for enrollment.

 

Questions?

See your Guidance Counselor within Student Services with any questions.