The mission of the guidance department at JFWA is to place students in the appropriate classes, maintain frequent communication with the parents and the students, and to closely monitor academic progress throughout the student’s career at the Academy. The guidance counselor also oversees all testing programs and communicates requirements and other related information to students and parents.
Newly enrolled families participate in an academic advising session designed to review previous standardized tests, determine where best to place students, or determine if additional assessment is needed. Students and parents are involved in the creation of the four-year plan; an outline that determines that student’s entire academic high school experience. Every student receives individual academic advising from the guidance counselor or principal before the school year begins and at the start of the spring semester.
In the spring semester of the junior year students participate in the College Match program; a self-guided curriculum designed to help students create a resume and admission profile, research and identify the right college, visit the campus and complete the college application.
College Entrance Examinations & Testing
Preparatory materials, exam dates and registration deadlines for college entrance exams (ACT, SAT) are easily accessible at the J. Frank White Academy. Announcements are posted on bulletin boards throughout the building, distributed via The Guiding Knight (a newsletter from the guidance department) and whenever the student wishes to see the guidance counselor or principal.
PLAN (Pre-ACT) and PSAT
The school counselor administers the PSAT and PLAN tests in the fall to students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. The PLAN is taken by freshmen and sophomores, and the PSAT is taken by sophomores and juniors. Payment of appropriate fees is the responsibility of the student. The PSAT is a preliminary exam for the SAT, and is recommended for all juniors as it is used to select National Merit Scholarship finalists.
JFWA students are administered the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) in the spring of each year in grades 5-8. The TCAP measures progress in math, social studies, English and science. The writing component for grades 8 and 11 is administered in the fall. The Academy pays all costs for the TCAP test.
End of Course
Academy students are required to take End of Course (E.O.C.) tests in Algebra I, Biology I and English II when they are enrolled in those classes.
All 11th graders and any 12th graders who have not previously taken it may take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery if desired. Results are not sent to Armed Services personnel, and there is no cost to students for the test.
Students must take seven (7) credits (5 classes) each semester during the regular school day at JFWA regardless of the number of credits they have earned or their grade level. Junior or senior level students who meet certain requirements (see below) may be allowed to take a university course for college or dual credit. A dual credit agreement form must be completed prior to the student’s enrolling in the course. Students are normally allowed only one such course per semester.
Students who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and who score 17 or higher on the ACT may take a total of 12 credit hours per calendar year (not exceeding 6 credit hours per academic semester) for university credit. Tuition is free with enrollment at J. Frank White,* but students are responsible for any other associated costs. College classes taken during the summer are for university credit (not dual credit) only and available for students who are entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year, are excelling academically and have been given permission from the JFWA principal.
*In order to constitute full payment for the professor, LMU requires a minimum enrollment number per summer course. Academy and other tuition remission students do not count toward this minimum number and therefore may have to pay for the class in order to participate.
JFWA recognizes excellent students by releasing the “All A” and “A and B” Honor Roll to local newspapers at end of each nine weeks’ grading period.
Seniors are ranked only for the purposes of determining valedictorian and salutatorian, and when specifically requested on a college application. The Academy maintains both a student’s cumulative numeric average, and an average based on the 4.0 grading scale. Class rank and honor students are decided on the numeric average.
Each year the J. Frank White Academy holds an awards ceremony to recognize excellent students. Awards are not limited to but include:
Highest Average in an Individual Subject
An award determined by comparing the cumulative average per subject in the middle of the spring semester.
Principal’s Award for Excellence
The Principal’s award (generally given to seniors) is for students who have demonstrated over all achievement, display the ability to go above and beyond expectations, and will be an excellent ambassador for the J. Frank White Academy after graduation.
DAR Good Citizenship Award
The recipient of the DAR Good Citizenship Award is for a student who demonstrates exceptional dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Seniors are nominated for the DAR Award by faculty and then selected by fellow graduating seniors.
Commercial Bank Citizenship Award
The Commercial Bank Citizenship Award is for the Academy student who is judged by the faculty to exhibit outstanding citizenship qualities.
The Valedictorian is the graduating senior who has acquired at least 50% of their high school credits at JFWA and who has the highest cumulative numeric average.
The Salutatorian is the graduating senior who has acquired at least 50% of their high school credits at JFWA and who has the second highest cumulative numeric average.
Honor Graduates are graduating seniors who have maintained a cumulative numeric average of 93 or above.
*Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Honor Graduates are determined by cumulative numeric averages up to the mid-term of the eighth semester. Should a student’s average drop dramatically at mid-term of the eighth semester, or should the student earn an unsatisfactory attendance or disciplinary record, the student may lose academic honor rank.
JFWA follows an exact grading scale (no minuses or pluses are given).
A = 93-100 Superior 4 points
B = 85-92 Above Average 3 points
C = 75-84 Average 2 points
D = 70-74 Below Average 1 point
F = Below 70 Failing 0 points
Teachers who give extra credit work must not report averages above 100. Therefore, students will not receive averages over 100. Additionally, an average of 100 must be a pure 100 – not rounded up from 99.5% or higher. A student with a 100 average must have earned a perfect score on every test and graded assignment during the grading period. This is to ensure that highest average awards and senior rankings are fair and precise. Teachers may round other grades up from .5%, with the exception of 99.5.
The student’s transcript holds the number grades and a legend that describes the Academy’s grading scale. Letter grades are recorded for classes taken elsewhere or for LMU courses that are assigned only a letter grade.
In the event that a student fails one half of a yearlong course the syllabus must be consulted, as policies for these courses vary. In some cases a student who fails one semester may only need to repeat one-half of the course. In other cases, the whole year of class must be repeated.
The academic year is divided into two semesters of eighteen weeks each. In order to help students track their progress they receive mid-term progress reports at halfway through the nine week grading period, report cards at the end of the nine week grading period and an end of semester report card that includes cumulative semester grades.
The academic year is divided into two semesters of eighteen weeks each. In order to help students track their progress they receive mid-term progress reports at halfway through the nine week grading period, report cards at the end of the nine week grading period and an end of semester report card that includes cumulative semester grades
The possibility of receiving a weekly grade report exists for students who are on academic probation or who are having difficulty. The faculty of J. Frank White Academy encourage parents to review all grade reports carefully and contact them as soon as any questions arise.
With the approval of the guidance counselor teachers may assign an Incomplete for a nine-week or semester grade only if extreme circumstances make it impossible for the student to complete the assignments in the normal make-up period (two days per each day absent). In the case of an Incomplete, a maximum of two weeks will be allowed to make up missed work. After that, a zero will be recorded.
Most of the courses at the Academy require daily homework. It is the responsibility of the student to complete homework and teachers may reduce a grade or assign zeros for work not turned in on time.
English faculty may provide a summer reading list to rising 7th-12th graders. Grades earned on exams that cover the summer reading assignments will be included in the first nine weeks grading period.
Students who fall below a 2.0 GPA for a nine-week grading period will be placed on academic probation. While on academic probation students receive weekly progress reports, attend mandatory weekly meetings with the guidance counselor and are strongly advised to seek tutoring.
If the student fails to improve their GPA, or if they improve their GPA only to let it drop below 2.0 in a subsequent nine-week grading period, the student is eligible for academic suspension (dismissal for unsatisfactory academic progress). The academic appeals committee (the Dean of the Carter and Moyers School of Education, the principal, the assistant principal and the guidance counselor) will see the student for an evaluation and can decide to either extend the period of probation or place the student under academic suspension. Academic suspension will only occur at the end of each semester so that suspended students can transfer to other schools with the least disruption to their schedules.
The Academy does not offer remedial program and teachers are not required to provide tutoring. However, many teachers will tutor students who are having difficulty outside of class. The arrangement of these private tutoring sessions is strictly the responsibility of parents and students.
The J. Frank White Academy English Department has created a writing program to enrich writing skills. Each grade level Students are exposed to all genres of writing each year, specific modes are emphasized at each grade level and special focus is given to those genres. The English teacher will choose representative work from each emphasized genre and that work will go into the student’s writing portfolio.
Because much attention is afforded in the creation of individual class schedules during the student’s one-on-one advising sessions, changes are permitted only under the rarest of circumstances (and are never allowed beyond the third day of the semester). Students must have a completed change of class form that includes signatures from the instructors involved, the principal and guidance counselor before they will be dropped or enrolled in a class.
Academy students may take one online or correspondence course for credit if it is absolutely necessary in order to meet graduation requirement deadlines. Courses must be taken from an accredited or state approved program and only with the prior approval of both the JFWA principal and guidance counselor.
Academy students may receive credit for up to two summer school courses if they received a failing grade for the same class at JFWA (and/or if it is needed to meet graduation requirements), the class is taken through a SACS or state accredited program and the principal and the guidance counselor haven given prior approval.
LMU Course Guidelines
Juniors and seniors who score at least a 17 on the ACT and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA may take two 100-level LMU class per semester and two classes in the summer in the following areas of study:
- Chemistry (and other sciences)
*LMU Math and English may be taken for elective credit after satisfying Academy requirements
Before registering for a University class, students must check the LMU catalog for pre-requisites and obtain approval of the guidance counselor and principal. Occasionally, the principal of JFWA and the LMU academic chairperson will allow other courses to be substituted but in general, students are not permitted to enroll for:
- Physical Education courses
- 200 level or higher courses
- Courses that cause time conflicts with a student’s JFWA class schedule
- Credit that duplicates the content of a previous Academy course
Students who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and who score 17 or higher on the ACT may take a total of 12 credit hours per calendar year (exceeding 6 credit hours per academic semester) for university credit. Tuition is free with enrollment at J. Frank White,* but students are responsible for any other associated costs. College classes taken during the summer for university credit (not dual credit) only and available for students who are entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year and are excelling academically and have been given permission from the JFWA principal and guidance counselor.
*In order to constitute full payment for the professor LMU requires a minimum enrollment number per summer course. Academy and other tuition remission students do not count toward this minimum number and therefore may have to pay for the class in order to participate.
One LMU course per semester can be counted for credit at JFWA provided a dual credit agreement form is completed and pre-approved by the principal and guidance counselor, the course does not duplicate the contents of a previous Academy course is completed successfully (earned a grade of “C” or better).
A three-hour university course equals one half (1/2) Academy course credit and this credit may replace any required Academy classes, including electives. LMU courses taken for dual credit will be calculated into the student’s overall GPA.
Students taking LMU classes must sign in and out on the log sheet in the front office. Driving is not permitted. While enrolled, Academy students are considered to be LMU students and are accountable for compliance with policies set forth in the LMU handbook and course syllabi; punctuality, attendance, grading, etc. JFWA personnel will not intervene on behalf of Academy students regarding any of these issues. If Academy classes are cancelled, it is the students’ responsibility to check whether LMU classes are in session.
Alternate Day Guidelines for students in LMU classes
On days LMU classes are not meeting, Academy students enrolled in those classes are expected to use the time to study in a supervised, designated area. Rolls are prepared, attendance is taken and all policies cited in the Student Handbook regarding classroom behavior and procedures apply to designated study areas.
Students who leave assigned areas without permission from the staff member in charge will be treated as if they are skipping class and those who chronically abuse the time by failing to follow conduct expectations or failing to report may lose the privilege to attend college classes and will instead be assigned to Academy classes.
Students who have first or fifth period LMU classes may check in late or early on days their LMU classes are not meeting (provided proper permission forms are signed by parents and on file). The Academy is not responsible for supervision of students who are under such an arrangement however, any time an Academy student is on campus and engages in misconduct, they are is subject to enforcement of school policies and procedures, including the application of stated disciplinary action.