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Academic Support/Resources

Comet Learning Hub
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Need help with school work? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Free tutoring and help from teachers and students. After school supper is provided too. Free food. Monday 1:45-2:30pm and Tuesday to Friday 2:30pm -3:30pm.

Green Zone/Tutoring
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Information coming soon!

GPA and Class Rank
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Grade Point Average

Students receive 1 set of grades per semester, 2 per year. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each semester, which then rolls into cumulative GPA from semester to semester. Every letter grade is calculated into the GPA. Grades that are not calculated into GPA are grades listed as P for Pass or NP for Not Passed, such as the grades received for a Student Aide or Avid Tutor Leadership classes. However, students still earn 5 credits per semester.  
ESUHSD calculates several GPAs for different reasons - these include Cumulative GPA (all grades), Term GPA (grades from the last grading period), Cal Grant GPA (special calculation as specified by the Cal Grant program), and CSU/UC GPA (college prep grades from grades 10 - 12).
A college prep GPA includes all of the classes that have a "P" in front of it on the transcript, for example: P-WORLD HISTORY.  A non-college prep class would simply be listed like this:  PE-COURSE 1  or EARLY CHILD LAB. 
GPA can be either weighted or unweighted. ESUHSD does not report a weighted GPA. Therefore, the GPA that appears on the student's transcript will always be unweighted. However, most universities will recalculate the grades using a weighted scale. The main difference between two types of GPA is that the weighted GPA includes an extra point for AP courses.
Computing Your GPA
All GPA's are calculated by assigning each letter grade a number value according to the graph listed below. The total sum of grade points is then divided by the number of classes in the calculation. Some teachers use (+ or -) in the reporting of grades, however it is not calculated into the GPA. In general, repeat classes are averaged into a cumulative total. (There are exceptions in some subject areas for a first semester D).
Grade Regular AP
A 4 5
B 3 4
C 2 3
D 1 1
F 0 0
For more information about the CSU Eligibility Index and GPA calculation, please visit
For more information about the UC GPA calculation, please visit:
Class Rank
Class rank is based on the un-weighted GPA  of all classes in all grade levels.  Several students may share the same rank. GPA and class rank are re-computed every semester.

Struggling in a Class / Grading Periods / Canvas / Tutorial Periods
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Steps to take when struggling in a class
  1. Email your teacher to discuss specific concerns or struggles you are experiencing in the class and ask for help.
  2. Request and attend a Tutorial Period with your teacher to get extra help. This can be done on a regular basis or as needed. This is the Tutorial Schedule: COMING SOON
  3. The district has provided, which can be accessed with the instructions here through ARMS.
  4. Schedule a Student/Teacher/Parent Zoom Conference to discuss strategies that will help you improve your grade. Invite your School Counselor.
  5.  If the above steps have NOT been successful, contact your School Counselor to discuss other options and possibly initiate an IST Meeting with the Coordinator and teachers. 
Grading Periods
Students will receive grades every six weeks. It is extremely important to monitor Canvas regularly for class updates. Create a weekly time management calendar to stay organized. Are you missing assignments? Unsatisfactory grades may be associated with the following: missed or incomplete assignments, lack of participation, poor attendance, and/or low test scores. 
1st Semester
1st Grading Period Ends - September 17, 2021 - Progress Report
2nd Grading Period Ends -November 5, 2021 - Progress Report
3rd Grading Period / 1st Semester Ends - December 17, 2021 - *Official Grades and Credits Earned
2nd Semester
4th Grading Period Ends - February 11, 2022 - Progress Report
5th Grading Period Ends - March 31, 2022 - Progress Report
6th Grading Period / 2nd Semester Ends - June 2, 2022 - *Official Grades and Credits Earned

Credit Recovery at JL
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There are times when a student needs to recover from a poor or failing grade. In these instances, the district has some alternative education options to offer a student wishing to complete their education at another site. 

Summer School
Location: James Lick
Time Frame: Summer Vacation
Each year the counseling staff determines the courses which are needed for James Lick students.  Sign-ups take place in April and information is available on Canvas.
Location: James Lick
Time Frame: TBA; may be offered in Summer School.
Cyberhigh is an online program that offers both elective and college prep course work.  There is no cost for students and students can work on their classes at home in addition to the class which meets on T and TH.  We enroll students closest to graduation first and add to the rolls as space permits. 
College Courses
Location: EVC, SJCC, Mission College
Time Frame: Summer Vacation
Students take classes at local community colleges following the college's enrollment procedures.  Each 3 credit class at the college is entered into the transcript as a 10 credit HS class. More information is available on the Enrichment Page.
Short-time Independent Study Program (ISP)
Location: Home
Time Frame: At least 5 days, no more than 15 days
There are times when a student can not be in attendance for a brief period of time.  If such a situation should arise, you can request Short - Term ISP.  Applications and available in the attendance office and are returned there for processing.  If approved, a James Lick teacher works with your family to gather and collect assignments during ST-ISP.