Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12: 1-2
Free Blocks: Students can spend their time during free blocks in the Saints Cafe, in the plaza, or at one of the many tables located on the west side of Building A.
Final Exams: Learning how to prepare for final examinations is a vital component of both secondary and post-secondary education. Final exams are one of many assessment tools which assist in determining whether or not students have retained the knowledge they have acquired throughout the course of the year.
Learning how to prepare for final examinations is a vital component of both secondary and post-secondary education. Final exams are one of many assessment tools which assist in determining whether or not students have retained the knowledge they have acquired throughout the course of the year.
All academic courses give final examinations and all CLHS teachers prepare study guides for final examinations. While some teachers may choose to use “final projects” as an additional tool to assess learning, these projects are just one component of the examination process and students will still be expected to complete an in-class final component. Final examinations vary in weight; however, no final exam is worth more than 20% of a grade in a CLHS class.
- Online/Blended Courses: Online and blended courses have final examinations. Teachers will coordinate with students the date, time, and facilities (if needed).
- Honors Courses: In order to meet UC A-G requirements and support the expected rigor associated with a higher level course, all honors courses include comprehensive final examinations at the close of semester two. These examinations cover material from both semesters one and two.
- AP Courses: For the majority of AP students, a cumulative project that is assigned after the AP exam will take the place of a more formal and traditional final. Cumulative projects focus on the real-world application of the knowledge gained throughout the academic year. Students who do not take the AP examination will have a comprehensive final that covers the material from both semesters in addition to the cumulative project.
At the discretion of each individual department, non-honors and non-AP courses may include semester final examinations or comprehensive examinations. Whether comprehensive or not, teachers will make students aware of the format at the beginning of the course by way of the course syllabus and provide study guides which are well-aligned with the expectations.
All students are expected to take final examinations during the scheduled examination block. At the conclusion of each final exam, students may not depart class prior to the bell. Rather, students must remain quiet under the supervision of their instructor. Tardiness is generally unacceptable and in the case of finals, not permitted as it causes disruption to students taking tests. Also, dress code policies are in effect during final examinations. No student may be excused from taking a final examination without the permission of the Principal or Assistant Principal. Students needing additional accommodations during final examinations must receive prior approval through the CLHS Learning Success Program.
During finals there is limited supervision on campus after 12:30 p.m. Parents must arrange for students to be picked up after their last final of the day. Students are encouraged to leave campus and study at home for upcoming finals.
Eight Tips for Thriving During Finals Week:
- Pray - Don’t panic (anxiety limits concentration and effectiveness). Beginning finals with prayer is important to allow you time to focus and get ready. Another thing you should consider is what the final is worth in each course. Remember, it is only one component of your final grade. Finals are never worth over 20% and often less, you probably won't be able to bring your final grade up or down by more than a partial one grade level (e.g. B to B+).
- Be sure of the Final Exam schedule and be on time. Set your alarm appropriately. Have a discussion with your parents to let them know about the final exam schedule, and pick-up and drop-off times. Save yourself the anxiety and possible embarrassment of arriving late. Needless to say, you may need every minute of the exam period to finish the exam.
- Don’t be lackadaisical – Finals are important. Don’t get too relaxed. Try to do your best on each final. It is better not to go into the final with the idea, "I just need to get certain percentage points to keep my grade average." It may not be possible to calculate this as accurately as you think, since some teachers compute things like participation grades at the very end of the semester and grades are often weighted.
- Make time for "renewing" activities - This is not the time to stop exercising or doing other things that you find enjoyable. Pace yourself! You will study more effectively if you spread things out and take short breaks. That being said, be sure to plan out enough time for studying.
- Use an effective study method - The key to effective retention is knowing how you learn. For some it’s repetition. Whatever you do, try not to do it in one long cramming session. Chunking study times is a great method. Also, take the time to review with a study partner.
- Get enough sleep - Avoid "all-nighters." You will do better if you are rested. Cramming often leads to a superficial and confused knowledge of the material you have studied. Remember, your brain needs sleep.
- Don’t worry about others during your final. - Finishing early could mean anything. It often means students have rushed through the exam and may not have taken care. Take the time you need and remember to double check answers if you have extra time at the end to pick up those extra points which will make a difference.
- Learn from the experience when the exam is over, and then let it go - Final examinations are an opportunity to learn how you learn and perform. After the experience, take some time to evaluate how you've done and what adjustments need to be made for the next time you take finals. Once you've done this, move on. If you do have any major concerns, make an appointment to see your teacher and/or counselor.