Academic Policies

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Instructional Level Placement

The Lakeland CSD District is an open-enrollment district. We value and encourage each student to challenge themselves and have established a policy for students who wish to pursue a higher level of study that does not follow the school’s course recommendation. Please know that we take serious our course recommendations and take many factors into consideration, to include reviewing past academic performance, standardized test scores, attendance, student commitment, study habits, classroom teachers’ recommendations, and educational and career goals. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s instructional-level placement, please call the Guidance Office at Lakeland High School (914) 528-0600 or at Walter Panas High School at (914) 739-2823.

Grading Practice
There are a number of important terms that are used in explaining the school district’s grading policy, to include:

Course Credit
Credit will be granted when final average achieved is 65, to include meeting attendance requirements.

Final Course Average

  • Full-Year Course: 4 Quarterly Grades + Final Exam, then divide by 5
  • One Semester Course: 2 Quarterly Grades (x 2) + Final Exam, then divide by 5

Note: Any grading practice that differs from the formulas above will be communicated by the teacher.

Cumulative GPA
All school-based courses, corresponding final averages, and credits earned are maintained on a permanent record for each student. Both a weighted and unweighted GPA are presented on a student’s transcripts for admission consideration.

  • College Course & Honors weight: +4 points added to the Final Average
  • Advanced Placement (AP) weight: +5 points added to the Final Average

Advanced Placement (AP)
Successful achievement on the Advanced Placement (AP) test can result in college credit. It is the expectation of the Lakeland School District that all who enroll in an AP course take the AP exam and pay for the exam no later than the end of the first semester of study.  AP exam scores are not reflected on a student’s transcript.

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take the corresponding May SAT Subject Tests.
* Courses are listed in corresponding Departments.

College Courses
Students also have the opportunity to earn college credit with the following institutions.
Note: Cost estimate is based on 2017-18 and may increase for 2018-19

  • Westchester Community College: 3 Credits/$180 – 4 credits/$240
  • Marist College: 3 credits/$300
  • Mercy College: 3 credits/$150
  • Syracuse University (SUPA): 3 credits/$336 – 6 credits/$672

* Courses are listed in corresponding Departments.

Academic Reports
Academic Progress Reports are available through the Home Access Center. 
They include two categories of reports:

  1. Report Cards: Issued 4 times per year at the end of each quarter (10 weeks)
  2. Interim Reports: Issued 4 times per year at the midpoint of the quarter (5 weeks)

Any course taken for high school credit at accredited institutions other than Lakeland CSD high schools and approved affiliated programs must be approved in advance by the building principal.  To be approved for inclusion on the student transcript, courses must be required for graduation, align with the school’s curriculum, and meet NYSED "unit hour" requirements – courses will be recorded with a "P" on the transcript.

High School Course Designations
The High School Program of Studies includes the offerings for both Lakeland and Walter Panas High Schools.  If no letter appears before a course description, then the course is offered at both schools.

  • "L" appearing before a course number indicates course only offered at Lakeland High School.
  • "P" appearing before a course number indicates course only offered  Walter Panas High School.

Repeating a Course / Failing a Course
Students who fail a course required for graduation must either repeat the course or pass a New York State Education Department-approved summer school program. When a course is repeated to obtain a passing grade, the prior failing grade will be changed to an F on the transcript and only the new passing grade will factor into a student’s GPA.

School-To-Career Activities
School-to-career concepts and project-based learning activities are an integral part of the curriculum at all levels.  Within the guidance program, targeted career explorations and personality inventories are conducted beginning in 8th grade.  In addition to school-based internship experiences offered to seniors, our students are afforded the opportunity to attend the Tech Center Academies at PNWBOCES beginning in 11th grade.

College and Career Center
Each high school guidance office has a College & Career Center that coordinates all college visits, scholarship opportunities, transcript verifications, and monthly newsletters.  All students, grades 9-12 have access. Speak with your school counselor for more information.

Academic Recognition
We recognize student academic achievement each quarter for students that attain the following GPA’s: High Honor Roll: 95%; Honor Roll: 90%; Credit Roll: 85%.  These averages are non-rounded, unweighted grades, and the students must be enrolled in a minimum of five courses during the quarter in which the honor roll is calculated.

National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is a prestigious organization that stresses the qualities of scholarship, character, service and leadership. Eligible students will receive an invitation packet and application the summer before their senior year.

Induction criteria:

  • have at least an 88 average (unweighted and non-rounded)
  • have a positive discipline and behavior record
  • submit proof of completion for 80 hours of service
  • submit invitational packet and letters on time
  • maintain good grades and positive behavior once inducted
  • complete an additional 20 hours of service during senior year
  • *The induction ceremony is held in October

Note: Students may appeal a denial for induction through the procedures outlined in the NHS handbook.