F.A.Q

What is a Student Record? 

Your student record contains much valuable information that includes standardized test results, SAT scores, and CAPT results, along with any interest inventories or other specialized evaluation instruments.

How can I request a Transcript?

Current BMHS students can request a transcript using the transcript request on the college tab on thier Naviance page.

Graduates of BMHS may request a transcript in person by visiting the Guidance Department or by through the mail using the following form: Request for Transcript. Please mail the form to: BMHS Guidance Transcript Request   300 Highland Ave.  Norwalk, CT 06878 Fees:    $2.00 per transcript.  Please be sure to allow two weeks for this request to be processed

How does Subject Selection work?

All subjects at the high school level are assigned units of credit values.  The number of class sessions and the amount of preparation necessary to achieve a satisfactory standard of performance determine these values.  The values used by the Norwalk schools are equivalent to those assigned by other secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. Every course taken in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades becomes a part of the student’s official high school record.  This record of units of credits and marks earned determines a student’s average, rank in class, and qualifications for promotion and graduation.

A wise choice of subjects is based on your honest self-appraisal.  Occasionally, extreme changes in a student's work do occur, but generally, the record continues in a consistent fashion.  Steady improvement is always possible through good work habits.  You know your strengths and weaknesses; cultivate your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses.  Academic success in school may be enhanced if you make your subject selections with the following in mind:

What programs of study are best for me in light of my overall scholastic achievement? What are my capabilities and in what areas am I weak and need improvement? What are my interests, goals, and career paths? Are my selections well-balanced between academic subjects and special interest areas?

How are students graded?

The following are the letter marks, which make up the marking system with a description of the academic performance corresponding to each mark: 

Mark  Weight Description Mark Weight Description
A   4.0 Superior D+ 1.3 Below Average
A-  3.7   1.0  
 B+  3.3 Above Average D- .7  
B   3.0   .0 Pass
B- 2.7 Average .0 Fail 
 C+ 2.3        
C   2.0        
C-  1.7        

Definition of Terms

Grade Level:  In order to be promoted to the next grade level you must accumulate a total of five (5) credits per year.

Semester:  An academic session constituting half of the academic year.

Required Subjects:  Subjects necessary for graduation from high school.

Elective Subjects:  Subjects selected in addition to required subjects in order to earn sufficient credits for graduation.

Prerequisite Subjects:  Subjects that must be taken to qualify a student for more advanced subjects in the same area.

Co-requisite Subjects:  Subjects that may be taken concurrently with sequential subjects.

Marks:  Estimates of the student’s work as determined by the teacher of a particular subject.

Weights:  Numerical expression of Mark of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, P, F.

Units of Credit:  Points earned for subjects taken in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 are used for graduation requirements, admission to college, and determining scholastic honor roll.

Quality Points:  Result of multiplying the weight times the unit.

Grade Point Average:  A numerical average arrived at by dividing the quality points by the units.

Incomplete:   A rank of incomplete makes one ineligible for the Honor Roll until the mark is changed to a letter grade at which time the pupil will become eligible.  A student has ten school days to make up incomplete work or an incomplete becomes an “F” grade.

Advanced Placement Program: Qualified highly-motivated students may take college-level subjects. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam. More detailed information is available in the Guidance Office and through the guidance counselors.  Advanced Placement courses carry one additional point.  Advanced Placement courses may be open to underclassmen with special approval.

Honors Courses:  An honors program for the highly motivated and academically talented is available to all students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. It is generally recommended that students who elect this program a) demonstrate a high level of motivation for learning, b) have achieved A’s and B’s in related subject areas, and c) be recommended by a team consisting of teachers, counselors, and department chairpersons.