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RCDS Transcript

The RCDS transcript contains the record of the work a student has done from ninth grade onwards.

  • Courses for previous years (other than the current school year) are listed with the FINAL GRADE and the credit awarded. No quarter, semester or exam grades are included except when a transcript is requested before the end of the year (see below*).
  • The GPA is listed at the end of the junior year and is calculated from academic courses taken in the upper school at RCDS only.
  • A student who is applying to an art school, a drama school or a music school, will have an arts GPA calculated for the arts classes and placed on the transcript.
  • Any student with a strong record in the arts has the option of requesting that an arts GPA be calculated and included on the transcript as well as the academic GPA.
  • Credit totals are also listed at the bottom of the first page.
  • On the back of the transcript, we include some basic information for the colleges on the grading process.
  • We also have the option of including the standardized (SAT, ACT, TOEFL or AP) scores. Many colleges will accept the scores included on the transcript for admissions purposes. For this reason, the school must have in its records official copies of the scores from the testing agency itself. We will discuss, with each individual student, what scores we will include.
  • If a college requires the official scores sent from the testing agency, it is up to the individual student to arrange for that. We will discuss this, in individual meetings, as well.

*A transcript that must be sent out BEFORE the end of the year, and the final grade, will include the most recent cumulative grade a student has earned in current courses: first quarter, first semester, etc. Such transcripts are commonly used for summer school applications and for college applications sent out in the senior year before the completion of senior courses.

Understanding the Importance of the High School Transcript
  • The single most important factor in college admissions is a strong high school transcript.

    With this in mind, we begin, as early as seventh and eighth grade, to encourage students to take the most challenging classes they can handle. Because we are a school that individualizes, this will be different for individual students. But any student who is able to take on advanced and accelerated work should do so. A “B”, or in a pinch, a “C”, in an honours or AP class will generally carry more weight than an “A” in an easier class. That doesn’t mean the students should sign up for classes in which they will probably fail. But it does mean that they take the harder classes if they have a reasonable chance in that class.

    The colleges will also want to know what the grading process is and make sure that “A’s” are not handed out like lollypops. They will receive a grade distribution chart which shows the percentages of A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and F’s; any such chart which leans heavily towards A’s will reflect poorly on the school and discredit the “A’s” a student has earned. An “A” at RCDS should be a genuine indicator of outstanding achievement in a class, something the colleges understand and appreciate.
  • A variety of courses also contributes to that strong high school transcript. This means extra arts and humanities classes for the scientists, strong science electives for the humanists and artists. At RCDS, we have wide-ranging distribution requirements, but the strongest students are not those that fulfill the minimum of those distribution requirements but those who, instead, far surpass them. Thus, the future engineer who not only has taken the required art and music classes in 9th and 10th grade, but who has gone on and remained in band for all four years, has taken an advanced art or photography class and has been part of the acting methods class as well has a much better chance of catching the attention of a good engineering school than the narrow specialist, however outstanding that specialist’s record in math and the physical sciences may be.
  • Graduation requirements are regarded, both by RCDS and by colleges, as a minimum number, not a goal to be achieved. Students who can do reasonably well in a subject should to on to take the most advanced classes in that subject, not just drop it when they have “completed” their requirements. Math, science and foreign language are all areas where strength is indicated by the breadth of courses taken in that field. Once again, this is an individual matter and is something that should be discussed each year as students choose their program for the following year. The advisor, the division head and the college advisor are all people that students should consult when making important decisions about their academic program.

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