The Advisor Program is designed to give all students a "go-to" adult on campus for support and advice. This program provides opportunities for our students to take advantage of Wesleyan's greatest resource - our faculty.
All high school teachers serve as advisors, and advisor groups typically contain between five and ten students. Regular meetings are designed to help faculty members actively support students' academic, social, and spiritual needs and to help them identify and address issues with the students they advise. Freshmen are assigned to advisors upon entering high school, and, at the end of their freshman year, students can request potential advisors by providing a list of faculty they would like to be assigned to during the remainder of their high school career.
Advisors meet with their groups each week for twenty minutes, and they
have one extended meeting each month during a program time.
Students can choose to drop or add a new course during the scheduled drop/ add period, which occurs at the end of the spring semester.
Teacher-initiated drops can happen after the first week of classes with the approval of the department chair, grade chair and principal, but these changes cannot happen after the midterm except in rare instances, usually due to health reasons. Occasionally, teachers or department chairs recommend or consider additional schedule changes later in the term, which usually involve the appropriate placement of students. After ten school days from the start of the course until the end of the first grading period, students who are withdrawn from a course will receive a “W” on grade reports / transcripts. Within one week after the end of their first grading period, students who are withdrawn from a course while not passing will receive a “WF” or, if passing, a “WP” on grade reports / transcripts. All withdrawals are at the discretion of the principal.
Students take a minimum of six classes per semester. Ninth and tenth
graders will be in study hall when they do not have a class. Eleventh and
twelfth graders have a “free period” during this time. Free periods can be
taken away from upperclassmen at the grade chairs’ discretion.
Classes at Wesleyan will average eighteen per class and must have a
minimum of ten students per class to make (excluding core curriculum and
advanced placement courses).
Class schedules and teacher assignments are determined on the basis of
information provided during registration the previous spring; therefore, students
should carefully consider their selections in registering for the
There is a defined Drop and Add period in late May prior to the end of the
school year during which schedule change requests can be submitted to
grade chairs. Not all requests may be granted. All schedule requests are
granted or denied at the choosing of the school with numerous factors taken
into consideration, including teacher load, class size and balancing the
master schedule. Although student choices of electives will be honored to the
greatest extent possible, balance in class size and numbers of requests may
preclude granting a first choice in all instances.
Student Government offices and the post of class representative both
require students to have passing grades and to maintain good standards of
personal behavior. The decision regarding a student’s eligibility to serve as a
class officer, Student Government member, or other student leader ultimately
rests with the administration.
In accordance with the Georgia High School Association regulations, students
who do not pass five subjects in a given semester and who fail to meet
the following cumulative credit minimums are ineligible for interscholastic
competition during the succeeding semester:
- 4 credits by the end of ninth grade
- 10 credits by the end of tenth grade
- 16 credits by the end of eleventh grade
Students who become ineligible at the end of the first semester may not
participate in any tryouts or spring practices that occur before the end of the
school year. Additionally, students who do not meet GHSA eligibility
requirements are also precluded from participating in school-sponsored
plays and theater productions as well as serving in Student Government.
At interim grading periods, the student’s academic record comes under
review, and the student may be advised to discontinue his or her extracurricular
A student who fails in the second semester may make up the credit in
summer school and be eligible the following fall. A student may not make
up more than two credits in summer school and remain eligible the following
At the end of each semester (Fall and Spring), students are required to take a final examination in each class. Students are allotted approximately two hours to complete each exam.
Lower-level or Freshmen-level exam grades will account for 20% of each student's final grade for the semester.
Exam grades in 10th through 12th grade courses will account for 25% of each student's final grade for the semester.
Students who are ill and cannot take an exam should:
- Supply a parental note
- Call the grade chair who will schedule a make-up exam
No students may take exams early.
Only seniors may exempt exams.
The Wesleyan policy for exemption of senior exams is as follows:
- Exemptions in year-long courses occur only during the second semester.
- Exemptions for one-semester courses are at the discretion of the teacher.
- Students may exempt ONLY with an average of 90 over the course of
the two semesters (or a 90 average for a one-semester class). The second
semester average must be a minimum of a 90.
- Students may not have over 5 absences (excused or unexcused) in a
course (college visits excepted).
All exemptions are at the discretion of each teacher, who will evaluate the
performance of the student in both course and behavior.
Any grade below 70 is a failure. To receive a passing grade and earn credit in a year-long course, students must:
- earn a two-semester average of 70, and
- have a passing average for the second semester.
A student failing more than two courses for the year will be dismissed from Wesleyan.
High school students who have a failure in a one-semester course or in the spring semester for a year-long course as a result of an exam are eligible for a re-exam under the following conditions:
- Student must have a passing pre-exam average (i.e., 70 or above).
- Examination grade must be no lower than 50.
- Student must take the re-exam at a specified time and date.
- In a year-long course, student must have had a passing average for the first semester.
To receive a passing grade for the course, the student must pass the re-examination. The maximum semester grade, based on passing the re-examination, is 70. If the student passes the re-exam, both the exam grade and the semester grade will be recorded as 70.
Students in Senior English must earn a passing grade on the Senior Thesis paper to pass the course. High school students who have a failing grade on the Senior Thesis are eligible for a re-write of the Senior Thesis under the following conditions:
- Student must have a passing pre-thesis average (i.e., 70 or above).
- Senior Thesis grade must be no lower than 50.
- Student must re-write the paper by a specified time and date.
To receive a passing grade for the course, the student must pass the re-write of the paper. The maximum semester grade, based on passing the re-write, is 70. If the student passes the re-write, both the thesis grade and the semester grade will be recorded as 70. Students who do not receive a passing grade on the re-write receive their original Senior Thesis grade and final average.
Each semester, grades will be reported as follows:
- 1st grading period – grades for all students and comments for students whose class average is 75 or below
- Mid-semester grading period – grades and comments for all students in all subjects
- 3rd grading period – grades for all students and comments for students whose class average is 75 or below
- Semester grading period – end-of-semester grades for all students
Comments will be written for those classes that the student failed.