Academic Guidelines

Student Evaluation

The High School utilizes a nine-week marking period. At the end of the first four and half weeks of each marking period, progress reports are emailed to families. Parents are always welcome to contact a teacher if they have any questions about the academic progress of their child. Report cards are mailed home at the end of each semester.

Honor Rolls

Two honor roll statuses may be achieved, both averages are based on a simple average.

  • Principal's Honor Roll: A 94 average or higher and no grade below a 90.
  • Honor Roll: An 88-93 average with no grade below an 85.

Academic Eligibility

Bishop Thomas K. Gorman High School believes in the harmonious development of the whole person. When disharmony occurs in a student's life, however, the school has an obligation to intercede. Students who do not place enough emphasis on their academic studies, as evident through two or more failures on their progress reports or report cards will be ineligible for extracurricular activities until they have remediated their deficiencies.

Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School's academic eligibility reflects guidelines set out by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) and Bishop Thomas K. Gorman's Athletic Department. Students regain their eligibility status at the end of every six weeks marking period. If a student is failing in more than one subject, he/she will be declared ineligible at 8:00 a.m. on the Wednesday following the marking period and will remain ineligible until halfway mark of the next term.

Ineligibility will end if the grades are brought up to passing at the end of the three week progress report time according to the following criteria:

  • The student must not be failing more than one of the courses he/she was failing at the end of the grading period.
  • The list for academic ineligibility must be verified by the Director of Guidance and Counseling. A list will be published and distributed as appropriate.
  • Students who appear on the ineligibility list may not ride in school vehicles to competition or games, may not sit with the team during games or competition nor wear any part of the issued athletic uniform.
  • Any student who is declared ineligible may no attend practices or participate in any extracurricular activities following the close of the school day.


Homework is a part of the school's curriculum and enriches the educational experience. It is an essential and usually graded ingredient in a student's education. Homework can take many different forms, including, but not limited to, written work, exercises, review of notes, study time, reading material from books or other materials or projects.

Parents or siblings may help guide students in homework but fundamentally homework is independent work. Students should complete homework on their own. Students who spend excessive amounts of time in one subject area need to see the teacher or have their parents set up a teacher conference. Middle school students and some high school students are given models of homework and usually given time in class to begin their homework assignments.

Grading Scale

A - 90 - 100
B - 80 - 89
C - 70 - 79
F - 0 - 69

FA - Failure due to absence
RA - Remediated absence

Honors: 2.5% increase of a passing numeric grade. 

Advanced Placement: 5% increase of a passing numeric grade. 

*These increases are reflected in the GPA and class rank at the end of each semester.


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