General Academic Information


Antonian must follow the credit requirements for graduation established by TCCED. It is the school’s responsibility to monitor the number of credit units that students earn during the regular school semesters and during the summer. Credits earned from outside sources other than the school are awarded at the discretion of the Administration.


For all entering 9th graders, Antonian will generally only consider awarding credit for a language other than English and mathematics. In both of these subjects, students must sit for our assessments as a means to verify academic mastery in order for us to award the credit.


Students will generally earn the following credits toward graduation:


Students enrolled before 2014-2015 school year

Students enrolled during or after 2014-2015 school year













Social Studies



Language Other Than English



Physical Education



Fine Arts









Academic Elective



Total Credits





Based on an evaluation of a student’s earned credits, the Administration may permit a student to graduate with the credit requirements for later enrolled students.


Endorsements can be earned in the following areas:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Multidisciplinary Studies


Credit may be awarded for some courses taken in the eighth grade which are denoted as eligible for high school credit on the student’s middle school transcript. However, such credit is awarded at the sole discretion of the Administration.

Course Levels and Placement


All Antonian courses are designed to prepare the students for success in college. Courses are designated at three levels: College Preparatory (CP), Honors (H), and Advanced Placement/Dual Credit (AP/DC). For those students who have demonstrated the ability to be challenged at a higher level, Honors and Advanced Placement/Dual Credit courses are offered. Students who fail to maintain the required academic performance to remain at the current level are subject to removal from the current level.



Entering 9th-grade students are placed in courses based on performance on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) results and the results of other recently completed standardized test results. Although grades and teacher recommendations are considered, standardized test scores have shown to be the best indicator of student success in course levels at Antonian. In general, a student must score in the 75th percentile or higher to be considered for placement in Honors level coursework in the 9th grade.


Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors:

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are placed in courses based on performance in preceding coursework of the same discipline. In cases in which the student does not meet the normal standards for placement in the next higher level, a student may request teacher recommendation by signature during the course selection and advisement process. Academic advisement for course placement for the subsequent year takes place in the spring through a conference with the staff of the Counseling Department.


In general, a student must maintain an average of 80 or higher to remain in the Honors or AP/DC course level. To be placed at a higher level, in general, a student must have an average of 90 or higher in the current course level. In addition, to be placed in DC course levels, a student must meet minimum test score requirements as defined by the university through which Antonian maintains its dual credit relationship (presently St. Mary’s University). It is the policy that any student who is placed in a course at the AP course level meets the same minimum test score requirements as those students placed in courses at the DC course level.

Grading Policy 

(Archdiocesan Policy 7103-7104)


Evaluating and Reporting

The academic progress of each student is an important goal of Antonian. Grading, at the root of it, is a means of communicating the academic progress of a student’s mastery of content to the student and his or her parents/guardians.


For purposes of calculating a quarter grade average,

  • homework/daily work is worth 10%;
  • minor projects/quizzes are worth 35%;
  • major projects/tests are worth 55%.
For purposes of calculating the semester grade average, each of the two quarters is worth 40% and the semester exam is worth 20%.


For purposes of extracurricular participation status, student progress is formally monitored every 4½ weeks. Students who are failing more than one course at each 4½ week interval are placed on the ineligibility list. These students may practice, but they may not participate in any competitive event or performance. These students may not wear uniforms, or attend a game or event in any capacity other than as a spectator.


Grading Period and Scale

Instruction at Antonian is divided into two (2) semesters, which include in each semester, two (2) nine (9) week quarters. Grades are recorded numerically. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the grading scale has changed. The following is the grade equivalency that is used:


Numeric Grade           Letter Grade     

90 to 100                              A                            

80 to 89                                B                          

70 to 79                                C                         

65 to 69                                D                            

Below 65                              F                

Semester Exams and Exemptions


All students are expected to take semester exams in December and in May. Semester exams are cumulative assessments of the student’s mastery of course content for the respective semester.


An exemption procedure for final exemptions is permitted for seniors provided the following:


  • The student receives teacher approval including satisfactory ratings in conduct.
  • The student holds a 94 average for the semester calculated one week prior to semester exams.
  • The student has not missed more than four days of school during the semester including days absent due to college visits.
  • The student has no unexcused absences for the semester.

Testing Program

(Archdiocesan Policy 6010,7401)


Antonian shall test according to the guidelines established by the Department of Catholic Schools, which includes standardized tests of general achievement and scholastic ability. This is intended to provide Antonian and the Archdiocese with sufficient data for making realistic decisions about the future goals of the system, its individual schools, and individual students. Antonian administers the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).


The required Archdiocesan testing program includes a standardized test of religion programs. NCEA ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education) is a religion program assessment, given in the 12th grade. It measures the religious knowledge, beliefs, perceptions, attitudes, and practices of students in elementary and secondary schools.

Student Academic Dishonesty


Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade penalties on assignments or tests and disciplinary penalties. The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional employee, on a preponderance of the evidence standard, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from students. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:


  • cheating which may include o the giving or receiving of unauthorized assistance, either inside or outside the classroom, which might give the student or any other student, an unfair advantage o having access during any test or quiz to any information which is relative to the test, talking to anyone during the test and looking at another student’s work
  • plagiarism which is the use of another’s words without giving due credit, theft of material, copying the work of another student, giving false data or information for a paper, report, or other such assignment, cutting and pasting from the internet, retrieving information from a private email account, social network account or other such networks, presenting information as your own which is not your own including undocumented sources and also taking ideas from another student’s work as well as information from all forms of digital media.


Cases of cheating/plagiarism may be brought before the Academic Integrity Committee. However, in general, the following consequences may be assessed:

  •  1st offense: Referral to Dean of Academics; a grade of 0 for the affected academic work; detention; parent/guardian will be notified of the incident
  • 2nd offense: Referral to Dean of Academics; a grade of 0 for the affected academic work; Saturday School; parent/guardian will be notified of the incident
  •  3rd offense: Referral to Dean of Academics; a grade of 0 for the affected academic work; Saturday School; academic probation; parent/guardian will be notified of the incident