Arlington County Public Schools Grading Policy

Arlington County Public Schools Grade Scale

Arlington County Public Schools use a standards-based grading system to assess student performance. This approach focuses on students’ mastery of specific learning standards rather than traditional letter grades. Here is an overview of the grading scales:

Elementary School:

  • 4 – Exceeds Standard
  • 3 – Meets Standard
  • 2 – Progressing Towards Standard
  • 1 – Below Standard

Middle and High School:

  • A – Excellent (90-100%)
  • B – Good (80-89%)
  • C – Satisfactory (70-79%)
  • D – Needs Improvement (60-69%)
  • F – Unsatisfactory (below 60%)


To calculate final grades in Arlington County Public Schools, consider the following example for a high school student:

AssignmentScoreWeight (%)Weighted Score
Final Exam802520

Final Grade Calculation:

  • Total Weighted Score = 17 + 27 + 18.75 + 20 = 82.75 (B)

Grading Policy

  • Standards-Based Grading: Focuses on students’ understanding and mastery of specific skills and knowledge.
  • Report Cards: Issued quarterly with grades reflecting students’ progress towards meeting standards.
  • Reassessment Opportunities: Students can retake assessments to demonstrate improved understanding.
  • Behavior and Effort: Reported separately from academic grades to provide a clear picture of students’ academic progress.


1. What is standards-based grading in Arlington County Public Schools?
Standards-based grading assesses students’ mastery of specific learning standards rather than using traditional letter grades.

2. How are grades reported for elementary students?
Grades are reported as 4 (Exceeds Standard), 3 (Meets Standard), 2 (Progressing Towards Standard), and 1 (Below Standard).

3. Can middle and high school students retake assessments?
Yes, students have opportunities to retake assessments to demonstrate improved understanding and mastery of the material.

4. How often are report cards issued?
Report cards are issued quarterly, providing a comprehensive view of students’ progress throughout the school year.

5. Are behavior and effort included in the academic grade?
No, behavior and effort are reported separately to give a clear picture of students’ academic progress.

For more information, visit the Arlington County Public Schools website.

6. How can I calculate my final grade?
Now that you understand the Arlington County Public Schools’ grading policy, calculate your final grade with our easy-to-use grade calculator or final grade calculator.

Feel free to use these tools to stay on top of your academic performance!