Grades

CHECKING YOUR GRADES:

  1. Log-in to MYLFCC
  2. Click on “VCCS SIS: Student Information System.”
  3. Select “Self Service.”
    1. The “Self Service” screen will enable you to check your grades
    2. Click the heading “Student Center”
    3. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Grades.”
    4. Select the term, click “Continue.”
    5.  In order to see a different term, click the green “change term” button.

CREDIT AND GRADING SYSTEM:

The College’s credit and grading system is as follows:

  • Students will receive a terminal (final) course grade each semester for the course work taken during the semester (i.e., ENG 111 for first semester; ENG 112 for second semester). Grades are not averaged to give a year grade. College courses are based upon semesters.
  • Students should do the very best work possible in their college courses. In order for courses to transfer to four-year schools, a grade of C or higher is required.
  • Grades are reported to students, not parents. Students having difficulty with a course must be proactive and speak to the instructor before/after class or via e-mail. Do not wait until the course is almost over.
  • It is inappropriate for parents to speak to college instructors, even though they may have paid the student’s tuition. This is a part of FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act). Parents or legal guardians are required to contact the high school guidance office to inquire about a student’s progress.
  • A student may choose to fill out a FERPA release form at admissions to allow anyone they designate to receive certain information about their college experience.  Students cannot be forced to complete this form. 

GRADE REPORTS:

  • The college does not send report cards.
  • Students must check their grades by logging in to MY LFCC and viewing their unofficial transcript. 
  • Grades are issued to the student, not the parents.
  • All LFCC course grades, including those earned by taking courses taught at the high school, are issued on a semester basis and are not averaged together to award a yearly grade.
  • Instructors post their course grades to the LFCC Student Information System. For courses taught on campus, the college will forward Dual Enrollment course grades to the appropriate high school guidance department.

GRADING POLICY:

  • The grading policy varies with the location of the course.
    • Courses taught in the high school:  School divisions determine the grading scale for all courses taught in their high schools.  Grading scale is documented in each instructor’s course syllabus.
    • Courses taught at LFCC:  Instructor’s determine the grading scale for the course they teach on campus.  Grading scale is documented in each instructor’s course syllabus.
    • Students should consult with their instructor, seek a tutor or consider withdrawing from the course if they experience difficulty with coursework.
    • Each semester hour of credit given for a course is based upon one academic hour (50 minutes) per week of formalized, structured instructional time in a particular course, for 15 weeks (or equivalent)
    • The grades of A, B, C and D are passing grades. The grade of F is a failing grade.
    • The quality of performance in any academic course is reported by a letter grade, the assignment of which is the responsibility of the instructor. These grades denote the character of study and are assigned quality points as follows:
      • A-Excellent – 4 grade points per credit
      • B-Good – 3 grade points per credit
      • C-Average – 2 grade points per credit
      • D-Poor – 1 grade point per credit
      • F-Failure – 0 grade point per credit
      • LFCC does not have a standardized numerical grading scale. Students and parents need to be aware that professors establish their own numerical grading scale that is outlined in the course syllabus.

GRADE APPEAL POLICY:

  • The grade appeal policy varies with the location of the course.
  • Courses taught in the high school: The policies and procedures of the school division apply, and the student should speak with the instructor.
  • Courses taught at LFCC: If the student does not agree with the grade given by the instructor, the student has the right to initiate the grade appeal process as outlined in the current school year College Catalog and Student Handbook.

CREDIT BY EXAM: CLEP:

  • Dual Enrollment students may earn college credit by successfully passing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams; however, these exams will not count toward high school graduation in a Commonwealth of Virginia high school. Home-schooled students and their parents must determine if CLEP credit applies toward high school graduation.
  • Many colleges do not accept CLEP.  Before attempting a CLEP test, students should contact the College to determine course equivalencies and acceptance policies.

HONORS PROGRAM:

The honors policy is as follows:

  • The Lord Fairfax Community College Honors Program is designed to challenge and reward students who are intellectually motivated and academically able through opportunities for in-depth study and interaction with like-minded students.
  • A student may obtain honors credit by earning credit in an honors section, by fulfilling the honors component in a regular course as specified by the course professor or by completing a special one-credit honors seminar.
  • A grade of A or B is required in a course or seminar in order to earn honors credit.
  • Faculty recommendation or approval is required for enrollment in an honors seminar.

INCOMPLETE (I) GRADES:

  • In accordance with the policies of LFCC, a dual enrolled student might be able to receive an incomplete grade if there are verifiable unavoidable reasons that a student is unable to complete a course within the normal time line.
  • The faculty member has the discretion to decide whether the “I” grade will be awarded.
  • Students and parent(s) must understand that an incomplete grade may jeopardize or delay graduation from high school.
  • Failure to complete coursework during the prescribed time limit will result in an F for the course.
  • Students and parents should contact their high school guidance counselor before requesting an incomplete in any course
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