Academic Program Overview

The mission of School Without Walls High School (SWWHS) is to provide every student with a rigorous, college preparatory, humanities program that incorporates global and local resources in an experiential and interdisciplinary methodology to teaching and learning.

Graduation Requirements

In order to obtain a diploma from School Without Walls High School, a student must meet the following criteria. Student must complete 25.5 Carnegie Units to meet the graduation requirements. Please refer to the Course Catalog for a full description of the Carnegie Units that must be obtained for each subject area. Additionally, students must complete 100 hours of community service, satisfy the internship requirement, and complete a senior project. Unless there is a conflict with graduation, all seniors must have a full class schedule for the senior year.


SWWHS uses a numeric grading system to evaluate student performance. A grade of seventy-three percent (73%) is required to remain academically eligible in any class (e.g. social studies, art, science, etc). The grade will be based on class work, homework, test scores, quizzes, class participation, projects as well as attendance and other written criteria as determined by the teacher and approved by the administration.

DCPS Grading Scale On Grade Level GPA Honors GPA Advanced Placement GPA
A 93%-100% 4.0 4.5 5.0
A- 90%-92% 3.7 4.2 4.7
B+ 87%-89% 3.3 3.8 4.3
B 83%-86% 3.0 3.5 4.0
B- 80%-82% 2.7 3.2 3.7
C+ 77%-79% 2.3 2.8 3.3
C 73%-76% 2.0 2.5 3.0
C- 70%-72% 1.7 2.2 2.7
D+ 67%-69% 1.0 1.5 2.0
D 64%-66% 1.0 1.5 2.0
F 63% and below 0 0 0

Students taking courses at local colleges must obtain a grade of C+ (2.3) or better to receive credit at SWWHS.

As seen above, Walls students who take AP courses—and those enrolled in the George Washington Early College Program—receive weighted grades. For an explanation of the “grade bump” click here.

Grading Policy from DCPS

Late Work

Students are expected to turn in class assignments and projects in their classes on time. Each teacher will provide students with due dates and share expectations for turning in work to include homework, projects, and written assignments. If an assignment is not turned in on the due date given by the teacher, the grade will drop one letter grade each day the assignment is not turned in to the teacher. Students are expected to plan in advance to meet the deadline for class assignments.

Academic Ineligibility/Probation

In an effort to keep students and parents informed, the faculty will issue mid-quarter failure warnings/progress reports at least two weeks prior to the end of each quarter. Students who fail to comply with the academic requirements will become ineligible to continue at SWWHS. It is the student’s responsibility to circulate the academic eligibility sheet and obtain teachers’ signatures verifying that the student has an average of 73% or above or they will become academically ineligible. The academic ineligibility sheet must be returned by the student to their counselor by the scheduled deadline. Any student on academic ineligibility will not participate in athletic activities or extracurricular activities such as class activities, dances, winter formal, fashion shows, plays, etc. However, students will be allowed to practice but not play in games and/or performances. Field trips are permitted only if they are part of a class assignment. Any student on academic ineligibility will not have off campus privileges for lunch and must report to academic probation.

Students will remain on academic probation throughout the respective quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain at least a seventy three (73%) average in all courses for the entire quarter and to document eligibility every two weeks for the full quarter with their counselor. After two weeks the student may participate if he/she maintains at least a seventy three (73%) average in every course as documented by the guidance department and approved by the administration.

Athletes are reminded that the Interscholastic League rules governing eligibility apply in all cases for participation in the athletic program at SWWHS.

Dismissal from School Without Walls High School

The principal will request that the Instructional Superintendent involuntarily transfer students who do not maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. In addition, students with a severe discipline issue(s) may be involuntarily transferred to his/her neighborhood school. Serious discipline issues will include possession of drugs/paraphernalia or use and possession of a firearm. Parents are given an opportunity to appeal dismissals from School Without Walls High School to the Instructional Superintendent.