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2018-2019 Final Exam Exemption Incentive

The Final Exam Exemption Incentive provides all students the opportunity to exempt final exams provided a student misses no more than five days per semester of a class and has a class average of 70 or above. If a student exceeds five absences, he/she may still exempt with an average of 90 or above. 

Refer to the chart below for a detailed explanation.         


(Student must meet ALL requirements.)



  1. 5 or fewer absences (*excused and unexcused) per semester, in the class you wish to exempt the final exam

  2.  OSS counts toward absences

  3. Average ≥ 70 

  4. Only one absence from GROWL for the year

  5. **Perfect yearlong attendance in GROWL will result in TWO exemptions during the second semester

** TWO


  1. 5 or fewer absences (*excused and unexcused) per semester, in the class you wish to exempt the final exam

  2. OSS counts toward absences

  3. Average ≥ 70



  1. 5 or fewer absences (*excused and unexcused) per semester, in the class you wish to exempt the final exam

  2.  OSS counts toward absences

  3. Average ≥ 70



  1. 5 or fewer absences (*excused and unexcused) per semester, in the class you wish to exempt the final exam

  2.  OSS counts toward absences

  3. Average ≥ 70



  • Absences marked as "School Activity" are excused and may include: field trips, sporting events, school competitions, and school testing.

  • Out of School Suspension will count towards absences to exempt final exams

  • Official college visits do not count towards exemptions. An official college visit requires:

    • A Request for Pre-Arranged College Visit form from the attendance office and filled out three days before the visit

    • Documentation of your visit on college letterhead with the date of the visit to be turned in to the attendance office

Final Exam Exemption Incentive - Q&A

  1. What is the purpose of the exam exemption incentive? 

    The purpose of our exemption incentive is to improve student attendance.   

  2. What is the rationale behind documenting student absences?

    1. To ensure the accuracy of student records

    2. Absences that are excused permit students to make up work without a penalty

    3. To determine eligibility for the exam exemption

  3. Is taking an AP exam considered an excused absence?

    Students taking an AP Exam are coded as "school activity" on the day they take an AP Exam. Therefore, their absence will not count against them for attendance regarding the Final Exam Exemption Incentive.

  4. If my child takes four college visits in the spring would he be able to exempt his finals?

    The incentive states that official documented college visits are not counted towards absences. Official college visits are when the student has completed the pre-arranged college visit form and has supplied the proper documentation of the college visit to the attendance office.

  5. If my daughter gets sick and misses six days of school one semester, can she still exempt? 

    The incentive aligns with the state reporting guidelines in which an absence is an absence.  The student could still be eligible to exempt finals provided she has no more than five absences per semester or at least a 90-cumulative grade point average in the class. 

  6. Can a student exempt a final exam in an AP course or a graded experience for a course with an EOC?

    Students can request to exempt the final exam in an AP course or the graded experience in an EOC class, based on the final exam exemption incentive.

  7. In what classes can final exams not be exempted?

    1. On-line courses

    2. Courses that have a state mandated assessment

    3. Any Move-On-When-Ready course

  8. Can you exempt an End of Course (EOC) test?

    No, however, a student may exempt the graded experience in an EOC course when it is provided during the final exam testing period.

  9. Where do I go if I have more questions about attendance?

    To verify absences per course, go to Student Access Center/Home Access Center at www.fultonschools.org, then go to the Student and Parents Home Access Center. You can always reach out to your child's assistant principal or our attendance office if you have questions regarding your child's attendance.   



Cambridge High School

Course Registration Process and Timeline - 2018 - 2019  

Core Subject Recommendation
Teachers of pre-requisite core courses (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages) are responsible for making appropriate course recommendations for the next school year.  These recommendations will generate the First Course Verification Form that will be distributed to students (dates in next sections) who will then have an opportunity to review their teachers' recommendations and make any necessary changes.  Students will receive two additional Course Verification Forms before the end of this school year, allowing them to update their course requests, if necessary, before the final deadline of May 24, 2018.

Students are encouraged to pursue an appropriately challenging course of study; however, they should keep in mind that the demands of college-prep, honors-level, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses vary.  Students should consider their entire course load and aim for a balanced schedule by taking into account teacher recommendations, District placement guidelines, course load, extra-curricular commitments, interest level, after-school jobs, future goals, and other factors when signing up for honors-level and AP courses.  Teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to use the matrix at the following link to provide additional guidance in making course selections.  Students who receive two or more ratings of 1 or 2 are not strong candidates for honors or AP classes. 

Cambridge Course Recommendation Guidelines

No student who meets the criteria outlined in the District placement guidelines should be prevented from taking a course, but this is only one criteria used to determine appropriate placement.  District placement guidelines can be found at the link below.

Fulton County Schools Placement Guidelines

In determining placement for students who fall short of the criteria, overall aptitude demonstrated by evidence from past performance and teacher feedback should be considered, always bearing in mind what is in the best interests of the student. 

After considering teacher recommendations and the guidance charts, parents may sign a waiver for placement in an accelerated, honors, or Advanced Placement course if a student does not meet the District placement guidelines. 

Additional resources regarding the course selection process, including the 2018 – 2019 Cambridge High School Curriculum Guide can be found below.

First Course Verification Form
January 29 & February 7           
On January 29 students currently at CHS in grades 9, 10, and 11, and students currently at Hopewell Middle School and Northwestern Middle School who will be attending CHS next year will receive a course verification form. The form lists the core subject courses that their teachers have recommended.  A student may change his/her teacher recommendation by following directions on the verification form. Also on the verification form, students will write in their elective requests and indicate which courses, if any, they would like to take online. 
On February 7, CHS students will return the first verification form to their second period teachers. Current Hopewell and Northwestern Middle School students will return their forms to their respective schools. This is the first of three verification forms students will receive that will give them the opportunity to make changes to their course requests.

Dual Enrollment Night
January 29
6:30 pm CHS auditorium
This is an information session regarding updated dual enrollment processes and instructions, for Fall 2018 classes. Cambridge High School counseling staff and dual enrollment college representatives will be present during this session.

Special Programs Night
February 1
6:30 pm CHS classrooms      
This event is designed to help students determine their readiness for Advanced Placement (AP) classes and their interest in a number of elective courses.

Students interested in taking AP courses, honors level world language, visual arts, performing arts, and/or Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are invited to attend this informational event. Parents are welcome as well. A brief opening informational video will be broadcast in classrooms, followed by break-out sessions. Students and parents will have an opportunity to attend as many as four different sessions to hear teachers discuss their programs/courses. More information regarding the evening's schedule will be forthcoming.


Second Course Verification Form
February 26
Students will receive 2nd and 3rd course verification forms that list all of their requests (core courses and electives). Students will have an opportunity to make changes to their requests on these forms.

Middle School Visits
March 1
Middle school students zoned for Cambridge will take a "field trip" with their respective schools to tour Cambridge; meet administrators, counselors, and teachers; and visit some special elective classrooms.  Students zoned for Cambridge who are not currently attending either Northwestern Middle School or Hopewell Middle School are encouraged to attend, and these students should contact the Cambridge Guidance Office for specific information: 470-254-2517.

Third Course Verification Form
April 18

Final Course Change Deadline
May 24

No changes to course requests will be honored after this date. 


Course Selection Resources:

Cambridge Course Recommendation Guidelines

Fulton County Schools Placement Guidelines - 2018 - 2019

Fulton County Schools Placement Guidelines - 2018 - 2019

2018 - 2019 Cambridge Curriculum Guide

2018 - 2019 Elective Offerings by Grade Level:
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

World Language Selection - Parent Letter

8th Grade Transition PowerPoint - 1.23.18 Parent Meeting

GROWL Session: Selecting 10th Grade Courses - 1.31.18


​First Semester Final Exams:

December 17 - 20, 2018

Second Semester Final Exams:

May 20 - 23, 2019

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