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 Policy
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
  • Semester Course: 2 Quarterly Grades + Final Exam, then divide by 3
    Note: Any grading practice that differs from the formulas above will be communicated by the teacher

Cumulative GPA
All courses taken, corresponding final averages, and credits earned are maintained on a permanent record. Both a weighted and unweighted GPA are annotated on a student’s transcripts for college admission consideration.

  • Honors & College Courses Weight: +4 points added to the Final Averageli>
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Weight: +5 points added to the Final Average
Academic Reports
Academic Reports are available through the Home Access Center, which include:
  • Interim Reports: Issued 4 times per year at the midpoint of the quarter (5 weeks)
  • Report Cards: Issued 4 times per year at the end of each quarter (10 weeks)
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 at Walter Panas High School.
  •  Course with this symbol are NCAA Approved
Repeating 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 and/or credit-recovery online 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.  In addition to school-based internship experiences offered to seniors, our students are afforded the opportunity to attend the Tech Academies at PWBOCES, Union Field Trips, Career Day activities.

College & 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.

Honor, College, & AP Courses

When students and families consider selection of Honors, College, and/or Advanced Placement courses, the best interests of the child should be the primary consideration for this decision.  The desire for academic challenge should be in balance with the student's overall well-being and future goals.  The school's recommendation is designed to set your child up for success. As students work their way through their course load, their progress will be closely monitored to ensure that this guideline is being followed.  A student’s selection to honors courses is based on several factors including grade point average, standardized test scores, teacher and/or counselor recommendation, and a demonstrated capacity for serious study. Students who wish to pursue a higher level of study that does not follow the school’s course recommendation (i.e., Leveling-Up) may appeal this through a formal Academic Advisement process.


Beginning 2nd Semester, classroom teachers conduct an Academic Advising session with students and make course recommendations for the upcoming school year. Though many courses follow the prescribed sequence from NYS, Honors, College, and AP courses often require teacher recommendations. If a student does not receive a teacher recommendation for a level-up course, they can complete an Academic Advising Form.  The student and/or parent will be given an opportunity to meet again with the teacher so that any concerns can be clearly communicated. If the teacher’s original recommendation stands, the Academic Advising Form and request to Level-Up must be signed by a parent and returned to the school counselor by the last school day in April.
Note: This form does not override the course prerequisites

Homebound Instruction

Homebound Instruction is district supported tutoring for students who have been:

  • Suspended out of school
  • Missed a minimum of 5 consecutive days due to medical condition

Please note:

  • Tutoring may be provided by district employed tutors, agency-assigned tutors, or through online tutoring.
  • Tutoring hours cannot be consolidated into certain subjects and cannot be postponed for future use.