New grading scale implemented

Last week, NDB announced the school’s grading scale is changing immediately.

In an effort to positively impact “the interpretation of high school grade scales in the UC admissions process,” the school has revamped its grading system.  The change will not apply retroactively to previous school years.

The new scale includes lower minimum percentages for each letter grade and the addition of an A+.  This is despite the UC system’s policy that does not consider pluses or minuses in their review of student grades and GPA.

In order to implement this change, the online gradebook PowerSchool was shut down for maintenance from Thursday, December 5 at 3:30 p.m. through Monday, December 9 at 12:30 p.m. This caused concern for students as they neared finals week without being able to login and check their grades.