The normal full-time load of course work for students at S.E.A.L. is six courses per semester. The six courses consist of five academics and Physical Education.
S.E.A.L. adheres to the graduation requirement of each student’s home school district. As such, to determine requirements for graduation students must refer to their home school districts information.
All permanent records (i.e. grades and transcripts) are maintained at the student’s home school district. Unofficial records are available through S.E.A.L. staff. However, official copies must be requested through the home school.
The grading system is as follows:
A - 100% - 90%
B - 89% - 80%
C - 79% - 70%
D - 69% - 60%
F - below 59%
I - incomplete work
P - passed
Incomplete grades (I) must be completed within the first five weeks of the next semester during the regular school year and by the first day of classes in the fall for the ESY (summer school) classes. Failure to complete all work and clear the incomplete grades will result in an “F” being recorded as a final grade in the course.
The school year is divided into two semesters of approximately 19 weeks each. Each semester consists of two quarters with progress reports being issued mid-way into the quarter. The mid-quarter progress report and the quarter report cards are unofficial. These grades are not permanently recorded in the student's permanent records. The final grades at the end of each semester are permanent grades and get reported to the student’s home districts. All grade reports are mailed directly to the student’s residence.
The Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) is a state-mandated graduation requirement for all juniors. Students who are in their third year of high school, but are not academically eligible to take this test, will be required to take it during their fourth year of high school. These tests are used by the state as a measure of student learning during the high school years. They are administered during the spring semester on dates determined by the State of Illinois. The tests include the SAT at no expense for the student. S.E.A.L. is an approved testing site. Therefore, PSAE’s can be taken at S.E.A.L. or at the student’s home school as deemed appropriate.