Downey Unified Grading Policy

Downey Unified Grade Scale

Downey Unified School District uses a standard grading scale to evaluate student performance:

GradePercentage Range
FBelow 60%


To calculate the final grade, assume a student has the following scores:

Midterm Exam78%
Final Exam88%

Using the grading scale, the final grade calculation is:

  • Homework: 85%
  • Midterm Exam: 78%
  • Project: 92%
  • Final Exam: 88%

Final Grade: 85.75% (B)

Grading Policy

Downey Unified’s grading policy includes the following:

  • Middle School Grading Policy:
  • Emphasis on formative assessments for continuous learning.
  • Summative assessments are weighted more heavily in the final grade.
  • High School Grading Policy:
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses have weighted grades.
  • Participation, attendance, and effort are also factored into the final grade.
  • General Policies:
  • Grades are updated regularly in the online parent portal.
  • Parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers regarding grade concerns.


1. How are grades calculated in Downey Unified?
Grades are calculated based on a combination of formative and summative assessments, with specific weights assigned to different types of assignments.

2. What is the grading scale used by Downey Unified?
Downey Unified uses a standard grading scale: A (90-100%), B (80-89%), C (70-79%), D (60-69%), F (below 60%).

3. Are there weighted grades for AP and Honors courses?
Yes, AP and Honors courses in Downey Unified have weighted grades to reflect their increased difficulty.

4. How often are grades updated in the parent portal?
Grades are typically updated every two weeks, but this can vary by teacher.

5. What should I do if I have concerns about my child’s grades?
Parents should contact the teacher directly to discuss any concerns about their child’s grades.

For more information, visit the Downey Unified website.

Now that you understand Downey Unified’s grading policy, calculate your final grade with our easy-to-use grade calculator or final grade calculator!