To enable students to balance work and life, we expect an overall average homework load of no more than 2.5 hours per night, which means that though there will be variations by day and students, teachers should not assign more than an average of 20 minutes of homework per night. Students should not receive any homework over the three major vacation periods, so that they may relax, rest and recharge. Homework should not be due on the day after Purim and the night of Yom HaAtzmaut. No written assignments/exams can be scheduled during the first two days after returning from vacation. No major assignments should be due in the time that they could not be reasonably completed after vacation (typically 2-3 weeks). Exceptions to this policy are AP coursework, English department reading assignments, and extra credit programs for voluntary Torah study.
Test Day Program
In order to ease the burden of testing and major assignments, and allow students to plan ahead, the Academy has instituted a “test day” program for all major subjects. The goal of this program is that all major assignments should be due, and tests scheduled on that subject’s “testing day.” However, if a test day is not available due to a holiday or an assembly, an alternative day may be assigned. Tests may not be given on fast days.
|Judaic Studies Subjects||General Studies Subjects|
|Tuesdays||Talmud/Advanced Jewish Studies||History|
In addition, at the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters only one test or major assignment will be due per day according to the following schedule:In addition, at the end of the 1st and 4th quarters, only one test or major assignment will be due per day according to the following schedule:
|Tuesday||Talmud or AJSP|
Students who are not in attendance in the morning may not be allowed to take a test in the afternoon for full credit. Rather, their score will be automatically reduced by 1/2 grade (5 points on a 100-point scale). Make-up tests may be given on a different day than listed above.
Semester final make-ups will be given on the Friday of finals week (exceptions to this may occur based on the calendar year). While testing may occur on fast-days, teacher will attempt to avoid this.
Ida Crown Jewish Academy assigns course grade points in accordance with the schedule below. Grade point average is calculated based on the final semester grade only. Minus (-) or plus (+) has no effect on GPA calculations. Valid transfer credits, while listed on ICJA transcripts, are not included in GPA calculations.
|Conceptual & Regular||Honors & Accelerated|
Grade Corrections & Changing “Incompletes”
Students receiving a grade of “Incomplete” at the end of a quarter or semester have 6 weeks to make up the required work. During that period, penalties, if any, are at the discretion of the teacher. After the allotted period, the student’s grade is changed to an “F”. Once this occurs, a grade can only be changed if it was as a result of clerical or teacher error.
Students have 3 weeks (15 school days) from the receipt of their report card to contest grades. The request should be made with the student’s teacher. The teacher will respond within one week of the student request. The teacher’s determination of a grade is final and not subject to appeal.
Request for Program or Class Change
Students wishing to change classes must submit a completed “class change” form (co-signed by his/her parent) to the Guidance Dept. As a rule, students will have an initial response within 2 class days. All requests for class changes must be submitted by Sept 20.
In extraordinary circumstances a student may be allowed to drop a class after the drop deadline. In such cases a grade of “W” (for “Withdrew”) will be assigned. The grade will not be averaged in the GPA but will appear as the semester grade for the course.
Outside Coursework Policy
In order to ensure the quality of the ICJA academic program, the following is the policy on transfer credit.
- Students who are enrolled in ICJA must receive the prior approval from the guidance department when taking outside courses for credit. (Pre-high school credits are non-transferrable to ICJA.)
- Transfer courses will be accepted at ICJA only for elective credit and not to meet core requirements.
-For example, if a student wishes to take a history course outside of ICJA, that course will not fulfill one of the 3.5 history credits required for graduation, but will count towards the elective credit required for graduation. Or, a student who takes a regular level chemistry course in the summer, will still be required to take three years of science at ICJA, but may be able to advance to an honors level chemistry or directly to a regular level physics course.
- If a student failed a required course, s/he may, with the prior approval of the guidance department, be allowed to make-up that course outside of ICJA.
- Credits from other accredited schools will be accepted based on the number of hours completed. One year of credit is equal to 120 hours of in-class instruction plus any homework.
- While grades from transfer credits will be recorded on the ICJA transcript, they will not count in the student’s GPA or class rank.
Kollel Extra Credit Policy
Kollel extra credit will be available to students who study in the kollel for 10 documented hours and will grant a grade symbol change only in the subject studied in the kollel. A maximum of one symbol change may be earned by a student each semester.
All food brought into the building must be Kosher in accordance with proper school-sanctioned certification (e.g. cRc, OU, Kaf-K, o-K).
A “K” is not necessarily a valid symbol of Kashruth and therefore is unacceptable. Home cooked foods are not permitted to be served to others during school. All food purchased off-campus during school hours must adhere to school standards of Kashruth, and all restaurants frequented must be under Orthodox rabbinical supervision.
Driving & Parking Privileges
Students with valid drivers’ licenses may use the ICJA parking lot under the following conditions:
- For permission to park any vehicle in the parking lot, students must have their license place numbers and vehicles registered with the office.
- Drivers may never exceed 5 m.p.h. while on school grounds or while driving on the alley leading to California Avenue.
- All spaces along the fence on the east side of the building are reserved for ICJA and ATT faculty. (Spaces along the fence, surrounding the north side of the school building, are reserved for faculty parking until 1:00 p.m.)
- Illegal parking may result in a warning or the student’s car may be towed. ALL towing costs and fines will be YOUR responsibility.
- Unsafe driving practice is strictly prohibited and will result in suspension of parking privileges and/or detention.
Failure to comply with any of the above rules may result in suspension of parking privileges on Academy grounds, fines and detention.
Each locker is equipped with a combination lock. To insure the safety of one’s valuables, we suggest that students not give out their combinations and keep lockers locked at all times. (If you have any questions or have trouble opening your locker, see Mrs. Burson.) ICJA lockers belong to the school and from time to time may be checked. Any decorations inside/outside must conform to school standards and writing on inside/outside of the locker is forbidden. The administration will require removal of inappropriate material with penalty for offensive material.