Grading (Report Cards)

The Catholic High School of Baltimore uses a letter grading system for all classes. The marking system is based on the following equivalencies:

97-100 93-96 89-92 85-88 81-84 77-80 73-76 70-72 Below 70
A+ A B+ B C+ C D+ D Failing

This grading determines the awarding of gold and silver honors, athletic participation, and student council eligibility. Report cards are distributed four times a year (November, January, March, and June). Interim reports will be distributed at approximately the mid-point of the marking period; the exact dates are indicated in the school calendar. Semester grades are computed from the quarter grades and the exam grade, with the exam grade counting 20%. For a full-year course (1 credit), the final grade is an average of the two semester grades; for a 1/2 credit course, the final grade is the grade received at the end of the semester. A student's transcript will show only the final grade received for a course.

Quality Point Index (QPI)

The Catholic High School of Baltimore offers courses at the levels of AP (Advanced Placement), H (McCafferty Honors), and CP (College Preparatory). Grades received in these courses are computed with a weighted scale to calculate the student’s QPI (Quality Point Index). This index ranges from 5.0 - 0.0. The QPI determines a student’s class rank, eligibility for the National Honor Society, and honors recognition at graduation.

  A+ A B+ B C+ C D+ D F
AP 5.0 4.7 4.4 4.0 3.7 3.4 3.0 2.5 0.0
H 4.5 4.2 3.9 3.5 3.2 2.9 2.5 2.0 0.0
CP 4.0 3.7 3.4 3.0 2.7 2.4 2.0 1.5 0.0

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A student's Grade Point Average (GPA) is obtained by totaling a numeric equivalent of letter grades and dividing the sum by the number of credits. Catholic High uses a 4-point scale:

A- / A+ B- / B+ C- / C+ D- / D+ F
4 3 2 1 0

Course Failures

Students with a final grade below 70 will be required to make up the failing grade in a summer program approved by the Principal, and must attain a grade of D (70) or better. Students who do not make up failed grades in such a program may not return to Catholic High the following fall. Students failing more than three courses will not be allowed to return to Catholic High.

Seniors failing in any course for the year will not receive a diploma or participate in graduation. Failures for such students must be made up in a program approved by the Principal within 90 days of the end of the school year in order for a Catholic High diploma to be granted. No student may earn a Catholic High diploma without making up failed courses within that time period (exceptions for unusual situations may be made at the discretion of the President). Seniors who fail more than two subjects will not be able to earn a diploma from Catholic High.


Cheating is a deliberate act to give or receive information in a dishonest manner. These acts include, but are not limited to:

  • Representing someone else's work as your own.
  • Allowing someone else the use of your work. This includes the sharing of information on computer disks.
  • Using cheat sheets or any other test aids that are not allowed.
  • Employing others to do your work.
  • Sharing information about a test with those who have not yet taken it.

Any type of cheating in testing or assigned work will result in an automatic failing grade. The student supplying information as well as the student receiving it is guilty of cheating.