High School Information

For Students: Academics

Academic Success

The opening of each school year is the most important time of the year. It is during this time that students establish proper behavior, study habits, and attitude. It is essential that parents use this time to work with their child in developing strong school habits.

Such habits to be fostered include:

  • Goal-setting for school
  • Attending school daily
  • Being prompt for school and class
  • Desiring to do their best
  • Being prepared for every class
  • Completing homework in a timely fashion
  • Evaluating academic progress
  • Reviewing the graduation plan
  • Adhering to school policies and rules

If these basic habits are instilled and followed, you will have a very successful school career.


During the year, there are scores of opportunities for students to earn recognition. Announcements regarding these opportunities will be made through your classroom teachers, guidance counselor, or student government. Additional possibilities appear in school newsletters as well as in local newspapers and magazines. Most of these have fixed deadlines and criteria to which the student must pay close attention.

The Guidance Department maintains a computer site called TCCi which provides scholarship information to seniors. All students, beginning in their sophomore year, are trained in the use of this excellent resource.

Class Attendance/Course Credit

Attendance is taken in every class. It is the student’s responsibility to justify an absence from any class. A student who has in excess of 24 absences from a full year course or 12 absences from a half-year or half-credit course may be denied credit. Please be aware that absences include both excused and unexcused absences. See the Appendix for more information on the district attendance policy.

Class Rank/Grade Point Average (GPA)

Eastchester High School does not rank its students. A cumulative, weighted GPA is computed at the end of 11th grade and includes all high school credit bearing courses with numerical averages as well as high school courses taken at the middle school.

Advanced Placement (AP) and college level courses are weighted at 1.10 while Honors courses are weighted at 1.05. No other courses are weighted.

The Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the graduating class are determined after the third quarter report cards are distributed in the spring of senior year. All high school credit bearing courses with numerical averages are included in the computation. The student with the highest average earns the distinction of Valedictorian while the student with the second highest average becomes the class Salutatorian. Should a tie occur (the average carried to 4 decimal places), there would be co-Valedictorians for the graduating class and no salutatorian. Only grades earned in courses taken at Eastchester will be calculated in the GPA.Candidates for the two highest awards must have attended Eastchester High School for the entirety of their sophomore, junior, and senior years.

Course Catalog

A complete list and description of courses are outlined in the Eastchester High School Course Catalog. The Catalog is updated every year and is distributed to students in February. Copies are available in the Guidance Office throughout the year and if you click on "course catalog" above.

Ethics in Education: Academic Integrity

It is important to emphasize that hard work and effort lead to true success. Students are encouraged to avoid taking “shortcuts” in their studies, not only because it is not ethical, but also because it robs them of the knowledge they are supposed to gain.

Representing someone else’s work as your own is dishonest, and for this reason academic misconduct is considered a serious issue. Examples of academic misconduct include:

  • Copying or allowing others to copy test answers.
  • Copying or allowing others to copy work that is intended to be completed individually and independently.
  • Sharing information about a test or assignment with students who have not yet completed the assignment.
  • Using someone else’s ideas or words without affording proper credit (appropriate citation methods).

Students who are involved with plagiarism, cheating, copying, altering records, or assisting others in these endeavors are subject to disciplinary action. Disciplinary consequences for academic misconduct include but are not limited to:

  • A grade of zero (0) for the assignment or school test in question with no opportunity to make up that work. This grade may lead to failure for the quarter and/or course.
  • Notification of Honor Society advisors for possible action.
  • Referral to administration for further disciplinary action.

Colleges desire to admit students who have demonstrated a high degree of academic integrity. Please know that the Common Application, used by many colleges and universities, asks students to honestly answer the following question: “Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any Secondary School you have attended, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in your probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution?


Student course work is graded numerically. Grades of incomplete (I) must be resolved within 10 school days of the end of the marking period in which they occur. Unresolved incomplete grades become a “45.” The exception to this rule is the fourth quarter where all work must be completed and turned in before the last day of school prior to final exams.

Final Grades

A final grade in a full year course is the average of the four quarter grades and the final examination grade. Each grade represents 20% of the final grade.

In half-year courses, each quarter grade represents 40% of the final grade and the final examination represents 20% of the final grade.

Regents Examination Retakes

Eastchester High School believes students should strive for mastery. When a student retakes a Regents exam, the higher grade will be reflected on the student’s transcript. There will be no recalculation of a final course grade nor will there be any change in the student’s GPA. In the event a retake results in a lower grade, no notation will be made on the student’s record.

Doubling in Courses

Doubling is not permitted for students in grades 9, 10 and 11. If a student in those grades fails a course required for graduation, it is expected that he/she attend summer school. Should a junior fail a required course in English, social studies, math, or science, he/she may be permitted to “double” in the senior year.

Graduation Requirements

All students are required to pass 22 units of credit, including: 4 English, 4 social studies, 3 math, 3 science, 1 foreign language, 1 art/music, .5 health, and 2 physical education as mandated by the New York State Education Department.

Students must also complete 5 Regents examinations.

In order to obtain a Regents Diploma, students must earn a passing grade of 65 on all five exams. In order to obtain a Regents Diploma with Honors, students must earn an average of 90 on all five exams.

In order to obtain an Advanced Regents Diploma, students must also:

  • Earn a passing grade on the Geometry and Algebra/Trigonometry Regents exams.
  • Earn a passing grade on a second Science Regents exam. (All 3 science courses must be Regents level courses.)
  • Earn a passing grade on a Commencement Level Foreign Language exam.

and one of the following:

  • 3 credits in a language other than English.
  • 5 credits in business.
  • 5 credits in art.

In order to obtain an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors, students must meet the course requirements for the Advanced Regents Diploma while earning an average of 90 on all eight Regents exams.

In addition, students can graduate with a High Honors Designation if their cumulative GPA at the end of senior year is at least 95. Honors Designation is awarded to seniors who earn a cumulative GPA of at least 90.


Homework contributes greatly to successful student achievement and is an important and necessary element of the school program. Students at the high school level are expected to spend a significant amount of time on homework assignments including preparation for each class, reports, projects, term papers, and independent reading. An average of one half hour per subject per day or 2-3 hours per subject per week is expected. Please call the Guidance Office to make arrangements to get class assignments when an extended absence (3 or more days) is anticipated.

Suggestions for Students

  • Set up a place to study that is as free from distraction as possible. Be sure to have good lighting. Eliminate noise, phone calls, and other interruptions.
  • Establish a study schedule or routine. Organize your time; decide what tasks need to be done; don’t put it off; do more difficult subjects first; take a short break if you get tired.
  • Plan ahead to study for exams and to complete long-term assignments. Try not to leave assignments for the last minute.
  • Not all homework takes the form of a written assignment. Reading, studying, and reviewing are also homework.
  • If you do not understand an assignment, ask your teacher for clarification.
  • Make every effort to complete each assignment to the best of your ability.
  • Be able to distinguish between a reason and an excuse for not completing an assignment.
  • Attend extra help sessions if you are experiencing difficulty with a subject.

Honor Roll

Eastchester High School has modified its Honor Roll policy and will recognize two levels of academic success this year.

Students who meet the criteria below, carry a minimum of 5 credits, and have no incompletes and no failures, earn placement on one of two Honor Rolls at the end of each quarter.

  • Honors with Distinction: Students with a weighted GPA of 95 or higher
  • Honor Roll: Students with a weighted GPA between 90 and 95

Honor Societies

A major focus at Eastchester High School is academic excellence. For this reason we wholeheartedly endorse the following honor societies. We encourage all students to strive for excellence and invite all qualified students to apply for membership in these organizations. Induction into the various societies is based on consistent academic achievement and behavior. Students should consequently focus on both outstanding achievement and character from the beginning of their 9th grade year.

National Honor Society

Selection for membership into the Eastchester High School Chapter of the National Honor Society is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. While selection occurs after completion of the junior year, building a record of success in each of these four areas is critical beginning in ninth grade. A faculty council of 5 faculty members will evaluate each application in the following required areas:

  • Scholarship: Students must have a cumulative weighted average of at least 92% at the end of junior year. Your course of study should reflect an academically rigorous course load.
  • Character: Students with outstanding character consistently exemplify desirable qualities of behavior. They:
    • Contribute to a positive atmosphere in class, activities, and sports.
    • Comply with all school regulations and policies while on and off campus.
    • Demonstrate the highest standards of reliability, honesty, and integrity, both in and out of school.
    • Show courtesy, concern, and respect for others.
    • Demonstrated concentration and perseverance in order to attain goals.
  • Leadership: Students should hold at least one leadership position and demonstrate meaningful participation in two or more school organizations.
  • Service: Students should evidence contributions to the school and the surrounding community by volunteering/giving of themselves in ways to benefit others.

The selection procedures for the National Honor Society, as suggested by the national organization, are as follows:

  1. Academic records for students are reviewed after the completion of junior year to determine which students are scholastically eligible for membership.
  2. Scholastically eligible candidates are notified that they have met the academic threshold and are then given the opportunity to complete the membership application. Students cite their accomplishments in the areas of Service and Leadership.
  3. All faculty members are then invited to provide confidential input via a Faculty Evaluation Form to the five-member Faculty Council for review. The teachers, based on professional interaction with the students, comment on the candidates’ leadership, service, and character record over the previous three years.
  4. Upon receipt of the student application and the Faculty Evaluation Form, the Faculty Council reviews all student applications along with any other verifiable information about the candidates relevant to their consideration for membership.
  5. Those candidates receiving a majority vote of the faculty council will be formally notified in writing about their selection and the date of the induction ceremony. Those not selected will be notified in a timely and considerate manner.

Selection to the National Honor Society is a privilege which must be maintained throughout the duration of the member’s high school career. Should a member fall below the standards of acceptability for scholarship, character, leadership, or service, the member will be promptly warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency. In the case of a flagrant violation of school rules or the law, no warning is necessary. In the instance of impending dismissal, a member shall have a right to a hearing before the Faculty Council prior to the Council rendering a decision. A person who has been dismissed may appeal the decision of the Faculty Council under the same rules for disciplinary appeals at Eastchester High School.

Art Honor Society

Academic: 92 average in at least 3 semesters of high school art and currently enrolled in an EHS art course.
Character: Demonstrates excellent character.

Business Honor Society

Academic: Maintains an 85 average in at least 3 credits in Business/Computer courses; accounting is required; teacher recommendation is required; probationary period for juniors who have at least 2 ½ credits by spring of junior year and scheduled to take a Business course during the next school year.
Character: Demonstrates excellent character.
Service: Participates in all BHS-sponsored activities.

French Honor Society

Academic: 90 average or above in French during semester of selection; cumulative 90 average in French during 3 prior semesters; 80 average or above in all other subjects during semester of selection, as well as during 3 prior semesters; must be actively engaged in the study of French.
Character: Demonstrates excellent character.
Service: Tutoring and fundraising activities.

Italian Honor Society

Academic: Maintains a 90 average in a minimum of 2 courses in high school; must be enrolled in a high school Italian course to maintain membership.
Character: Demonstrates excellent character.
Service: Participation in all IHS-sponsored activities.

Math Honor Society

Academic: 90 average in Math; 88 average overall; 3 years of high school Math and currently enrolled in a high school Math course.
Character: Demonstrates excellent character.
Service: Participation in all MHS-sponsored activities.

Spanish Honor Society

Academic: 92 average in Spanish III. If average is 90/91, the average of Spanish II and current third level course must be 92.
Character: Demonstrates excellent character.
Service: ½ hour per week tutoring for students taking Spanish and participation in all SHS-sponsored activities.

Midterm and Final Examinations

Students and parents will be advised concerning the special schedules for mid-year, final and Regents exams in January and June.

Progress Reports and Report Cards

Interim progress reports (IPR) are mailed to all parents at mid-quarter. Report cards are issued at the end of each 10-week quarter and will be mailed home approximately two weeks after the quarter ends. For concerns about your academic success or attendance please call the teacher or counselor.

Marking Period 1: September 30, 2016 (IPR) and November 4, 2016 (report card)

Marking Period 2: December 16, 2016 (IPR) and January 27, 2017 (report card)

Marking Period 3: March 3, 2017 (IPR) and March 31, 2017 (report card)

Marking Period 4: May 5, 2017 (IPR) and June 23, 2017 (report card)

Promotion Requirements

5 credits are needed to enter Grade 10 with at least 3 in English, math, social studies, and science.

11 credits are needed to enter Grade 11 with at least 7 credits in English, math, social studies, and science.

17 credits are needed to enter Grade 12 with at least 11 credits in English, math, social studies, and science.

Schedule Changes

Adding a Course

An elective course may be added to a student’s schedule within the first 10 school days of the semester.

Dropping a Course

Full Year Course: Students may drop an elective course during the first 20 school days with no notation on their permanent record. After 20 school days, WP (withdraw passing) or WF (withdraw failing) will be noted on their transcript.

Half-Year Course: Students may drop an elective course during the first 10 days of school and the first 10 days of the third quarter with no notation on their transcript. After 10 days, WP (withdraw passing) or WF (withdraw failing) applies. This change must occur prior to the end of the first (semester 1 course) or third (semester 2 course) marking period.

BOCES Program: Students wishing to drop this program must do so officially with their guidance counselor no later than September 25.

A student must attend class until the guidance counselor officially removes him or her. No course may be dropped without appropriate reasons and permission of the parent, teacher, counselor, and assistant principal.

Study Halls

Ninth and tenth graders are assigned to study halls when no class has been scheduled. Students are expected to use their time quietly and productively. Students may request a pass to the library during the study hall period.

Students in grades eleven and twelve have the privilege of an unscheduled study period to spend in the cafeteria or library. They may be assigned to a study hall if they misuse the privilege or are in jeopardy of failing a course.

Testing Program

At the high school, the testing program is coordinated by the Counseling Department and school administration. In addition to the tests listed, students will be exposed to career interest surveys and value inventories during their freshman and sophomore years as counselors meet with small groups to focus on career development and decision-making.

Test Dates by Grade

  • Grade 9:
    • Departmental Midterm Exams - January
    • Advanced Placement Exams (AP) - May
    • SAT Subject Tests - May/June
    • New York State Regents Exams - June
    • Departmental Final Exams - June
  • Grade 10:
    • Preliminary SAT (PSAT) - October
    • Departmental Midterm Exams - January
    • Advanced Placement Exams (AP) - May
    • Pre-ACT - May
    • SAT Subject Tests - May/June
    • New York State Regents Exams - June
    • Departmental Final Exams - June
  • Grade 11:
    • Preliminary SAT (PSAT) - October
    • Departmental Midterm Exams - January
    • SAT - March/May/June
    • ACT - April/June
    • Advanced Placement Exams (AP) - May
    • SAT Subject Tests - May/June
    • New York State Regents Exams - June
    • Departmental Final Exams - June
  • Grade 12:
    • SAT - October/November/December
    • SAT Subject Tests - October/November/December
    • ACT - October/December
    • Departmental Midterm Exams - January
    • Advanced Placement Exams (AP) - May

Test Descriptions

New York State Regents Exams: These are mandated comprehensive examinations in various subject areas prepared by a statewide committee of educators and administered to students in Regents courses.

AP Exams: Advanced Placement Exams are offered and graded by the College Board and are designed to evaluate a student’s level of achievement in course work designed by the College Board and college professors. EHS offers 19 Advanced Placement courses. Each May, a student is required to take the AP exam in each AP course in which he or she is enrolled. There is a fee for each exam.

College Admission Tests:

ACT: The ACT is a 3-hour test with 4 sections: English, mathematics, science reasoning, and reading. There is an optional Writing test, which students are encouraged to take.

SAT: The SAT is a 3-hour exam with 2 sections: Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing and Math (with both a calculator-permitted and a no-calculator section). Similar to the ACT, students are encouraged to take the optional Writing portion of the test.

SAT Subject Test: These 1-hour exams are available in 19 specific subject areas. Many of the more competitive colleges and universities require two or three subject tests for admission.

Pre-ACT: The Pre-ACT is a practice test that is a predictor of success on the ACT and predicts an estimated ACT score range. Only you, your parents, and your Counselor will see your scores, which will not be recorded on your transcript or sent to colleges. The Pre-ACT can help you become familiar with the kinds of questions and directions that will be on the ACT, identify strengths and weaknesses, and help you to decide the best method to prepare for the ACT.

PSAT: Similar to the Pre-ACT, the PSAT is a practice exam for the SAT. It covers the same subjects as the SAT and predicts your SAT score range. Only you, your parents, and your Counselor will see your scores, which will not be recorded on your transcript or sent to colleges. The PSAT can help you identify strengths and weaknesses, and help you to decide the best method to prepare for the SAT. The PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship for juniors. If scores are high enough (typically within the top 2%), students may be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Registration for the PSAT and ACT is handled through the Counseling Office and tests are administered at EHS. Student must register online for the ACT, SAT, and Subject Tests. All test dates are listed on the district calendar. Not all ACT, SAT and Subject Tests are offered on all dates at Eastchester High School. Please check with your Counselor for the most current information.

Testing Schedule For Classroom Tests

Full period classroom tests will be given according to the following schedule:

1st Semester:

  • English: Monday, Wednesday
  • Social Studies: Tuesday, Thursday
  • Math: Monday, Thursday
  • Science: Tuesday, Friday
  • Language: Wednesday, Friday
  • All Others: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

2nd Semester:

  • English: Tuesday, Friday
  • Social Studies: Monday, Thursday
  • Math: Monday, Thursday
  • Science: Tuesday, Friday
  • Language: Monday, Wednesday
  • All Others: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Testing and Absence

Excused Absence:

  • A grade reduction may be made for each day a student does not hand in a project or take a test on a pre-scheduled date.
  • Students may have to take a different version of any scheduled test that is missed.
  • All students are responsible for notifying teachers of any pre-arranged absence from class.

Unexcused Absence:

  • A student who has an unexcused absence or cut receives a “0” for all class work for that day and forfeits the right to take a make-up exam for a test given that day.

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