Elementary Grading Policy


K3-2nd grade students are not given formal grades from UHC nor are records kept by UHC on students. K3-2nd grade classes do not have homework aside from an occasional oral presentation for grades K5-2nd.

Each K5-2nd grade student must do one oral presentation per school year. The teacher may decide what topic/assignment they will present on and use the provided K5-2nd Oral Presentation Rubric to send home feedback on each student’s presentation.

All K3-2nd teachers will complete and send home a Progress Report twice a school year–once at the end of the Fall semester (Week 12) and once at the end of the Spring semester (Week 24).


The 3rd - 5th classes offered by Upstate Homeschool Co-op should be viewed as graded tutorials. Parents should not attempt to change a student’s grade once it is entered into the Jupiter Ed system. When reporting UHC classes to accountability groups or other institutions, it should be clearly noted that grades for that class are given by the UHC teacher.

Letter Grades:

3rd-5th grade classes will follow the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy:

A= 90-100 (Outstanding Effort)

B= 80-89 (Good Effort)

C= 70-79 (Satisfactory Effort)

D= 60-69 (Needs Improvement in Effort)

F= 0-59 (Needs Improvement in Effort)

Oral Presentations:

3rd – 5th grade students are required to do two oral presentations per school year. One each semester. Teachers provide presentation instructions and guidelines and grade based on the rubric below.

Citizenship: The student follows co-op and classroom behavioral expectations. This includes obeying and respecting authority and treating one’s classmates with kindness and courtesy.

Note: Each student will start the semester with a 100% grade for Citizenship. A director or teacher will deduct one or more points per incident where the student demonstrates poor citizenship and the parent will be contacted with an explanation of the deduction. For example…Student lost one point today when he was playing too rough at recess with another student. 

Participation: The student shows effort in the classroom by taking responsibility for one’s own learning. This includes being attentive in class and contributing to the whole group, small group, and individual completion of tasks. This also includes not disrupting the learning of others.

Note: Each student will start the semester with a 100% grade for Participation. The teacher will deduct one or more points per incident where the student demonstrates poor participation and a JE message will be sent to the parent describing the deduction. For example…Student did not bring any pencils to class.

Homework: The student completes homework assignments in a timely manner with attention to effort and accuracy.

Oral Presentation Project: (if applicable) The student demonstrates knowledge in an area of study and presents the findings clearly.

Tests/Quizzes: (if applicable) The student completes graded assignments with accuracy.

A report card can be generated by the Jupiter Grades system for each course taken at UHC. The parent is responsible for printing the student report card, sending it to their accountability group, and recording this grade in each student’s portfolio/school records. No permanent records will be kept or reported to schools or accountability associations by UHC.

How can I view, print, or save my student’s report card or progress report?

Login to your Jupiter Ed parent account. In the left column, click on Report Card. This will display the student’s Report Card (Middle School or High School) or Progress Report (Elementary School). To print or save it, right-click on the screen, and choose Print from the pop-up menu. Send to your printer or choose to save as a PDF.

Elementary school teachers will apply the following uniform co-op policy for late work turned in:
  • Homework: Students will have 10 consecutive days to turn in any assignment. After those 10 days, the student will be given a 0 and homework can no longer can be turned in.
  • Tests/Quizzes: Students will have 10 consecutive days to take any test/quiz that is assigned. After those 10 days, the quiz/test cannot be opened again.

In the event of illness or other unexpected absence, parent and student must communicate with the teacher, as a courtesy, on the day of the absence to make a plan for turning in tests, quizzes, projects, or homework due on the day of the illness but students will still be held to the student absence/late assignment policy.

Students who miss a class are responsible for acquiring assignments/handouts and tests/quizzes that were handed out during the absence in order to turn them in on the due date; otherwise, the assignments will be subject to the above late policy.

If a student will have a planned absence, the parent and/or student must make prior arrangements with the teacher at least a week (preferably two weeks) before the planned absence.

Extra credit opportunities will not be given to individual students. If such opportunities are offered, they will be offered to the entire class.

Individual Course Grading Breakdown

The 3rd-5th individual course grades will be comprised as follows:

IEW (3rd, 4th, & 5th): One Day Model: Participation: 20% Homework: 20% Written Composition: 60%; Two Day Model: Participation: 30% Homework: 10% Written Composition: 60%
Science (3rd, 4th, & 5th): Participation: 20% Homework: 60% Oral Presentation/Project: 20%
Social Studies: 3rd Grade- Participation: 20% Homework: 60% Oral Presentation/Project: 20% 4th & 5th Grades: Participation: 20% Homework: 50% Oral Presentation/Project: 20% Tests/Quizzes: 10%
Art (3rd, 4th, & 5th) Participation: 100%
Levels 1 & 2 (GVL Only): Beginner Spanish: Participation: 60%, Homework: 40%
Coding from Scratch (3rd, 4th, & 5th GVL Only): Participation: 100%