Report cards will be processed electronically. Along with this service will be the computing of honor points, class ranking and honor roll. Parents must log in to Skyward Family Access, click on the Portfolio link, then click on the link for the current report card, then click View Report.

Parents can view grades online. There will be four reporting periods: Quarter 1, Quarter 2/Semester 1, Quarter 3, Quarter 4/Semester 2

All grade cards will contain the total number of days absent. All grades will be automatically duplicated for permanent recording in the office. Mid-quarter grades can be viewed online through the parent link.

The following is the Key to Grading:

(59 & below)FFailing

I Withhold- Conditional
WP Withdrawn Without Penalty
WF Withdrawn Failing

“WP” and “I” grades are not figured in computing grade point averages.
“WF” grades are figured the same as an “F” grade when computing grade point averages.

Semester grades are determined by averaging the percentages of the two nine-week grading periods, and the semester exam grade. The percentages for each component of the semester grade are:
a) each nine-week grade= 40%
b) semester exam grade= 20%


Lincoln-Way has established a system on indexing grades that affects the Grade Point Average (GPA) of students taking indexed courses. Generally, indexed courses are “Honors” and “Advanced Placement” courses. To initially enroll in one or more indexed courses the freshman year, incoming students must meet each of the following entrance criteria: (1) placement in approximately the top 8% of the incoming freshman class as measured by the appropriate portions of the PSAT 8/9, or other appropriate standardized tests recognized by Lincoln-Way; (2) teacher recommendation; and (3) parental consent. Incoming students who do not otherwise qualify for an indexed course may initially enter with a parent/student waiver. An invitation to enroll in an indexed course may include qualifying requirements such as a written essay, portfolio, prognosis tests, and evidence of a high degree of self-motivation.

To benefit from the indexed grading system, a student must earn a grade of C- or higher in an indexed designated course. At the end of each semester, a student has his/her GPA multiplied by 1.01 for each indexed course completed with a C- or better. It is recommended that a student take a maximum of three indexed courses per semester, but may take more if deemed appropriate by the parent.

The indexing is cumulative over a student’s high school career. For instance, if a student successfully completes three indexed courses every semester, his/her final GPA will be multiplied by 1.24. This 1.24 multiplier reflects a student who takes 24 indexed courses over eight semesters in high school. As an example, if a student’s regular final GPA were 4.00, the 1.24 multiplier would raise his/her GPA to 4.96. This 4.96 GPA would then be used in determining the student’s class rank.

Indexed Courses

• ART: AP Studio Art – Drawing, AP Studio Art – 2D Design, AP Art History
• BUSINESS: Honors Accounting
• ENGLISH: English I Honors, English II Honors, AP English Language, AP English Literature
• WORLD LANGUAGES: French 3 Honors, French 4 AP, German 3 Honors, German 4 AP, Spanish 3 Honors, Spanish 4 AP, Spanish 5 AP, Mandarin 3 Honors
• MATHEMATICS: Algebra 1 Honors, Geometry Honors, Advanced Algebra & Trigonometry Honors, Pre-Calculus & Trigonometry Honors, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science
• MUSIC: AP Music Theory, Orchestra Honors, Wind Ensemble, Choral
• SCIENCE: Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors, Physics Honors, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1 & 2, AP Environmental Science
• SOCIAL SCIENCE: History of Western Civilization-Honors, AP U.S. History, AP Psychology, AP Government/Politics and AP Economics, AP European History, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP Human Geography