CultureWorks’ Academic Policies

CultureWorks Grading System

The following grading system relates to all of the courses in the program. Depending on the nature of the assignment, teachers may choose to give you a number or a description grade. The following chart summarizes the grading system in marks and descriptions:

Numerical Grade Descriptor Explanation
85-100% Exceeds Expectations (E) The student has mastered the skills related to the assignment/course.
75-84% Meets Expectations (M) The student has acquired the skills related to the assignment/course.
65-74% Approaches Expectations (A) The student needs to increase his/her effort to attain the skills for the assignment/course.
Below 65% Does Not Meet Expectations (NM) The student demonstrates little to no acquisition of the skills related to the assignment/course.

Important Note: In order to pass the program, students must achieve an overall average
of at least 75%.

Course Policy

The following policies relate to all of the courses in the program.

  1. Lateness is counted as an absence.
  2. You are expected to attend all classes.
  3. You are expected to come to class with the required textbooks (new or unmarked copies).
  4. Cell phone or electronic device usage is only permitted when requested by the teacher or on breaks.

English Usage Policy


  • If you want to learn English, you must use English. The more you use it, the more you learn it.
  • CultureWorks strives to create an inclusive environment. English is the language that all students share.
  • Using English includes everyone. Using other languages can exclude some people.


  • As a general rule, students are expected to use only English in class.
  • English usage counts toward your participation marks for all classes. If you use only English, your participation will improve. If you do not use only English, your participation mark with go down.
  • If you use a language other than English in class, you may be required to meet with your teacher. If a problem with English usage persists, a meeting will be set up with the principal.

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty is important at both CultureWorks and any Canadian university. Academic dishonesty can lead to very serious consequences.

What is Academic Honesty?
Academic Honesty is when the work that you do at CultureWorks is your own and you have referenced all of the sources you have used.

What is Academic Dishonesty?

  • Presenting someone else’s work as your own
    -for example, friends helping you with assignments, copying an assignment from a classmate or another person, or copying from the Internet or from a textbook
  • Using other people’s ideas as your own and not referencing the sources
    -for example, copying from the Internet with no reference, copying from a textbook/newspaper/magazine with no reference, or translating an article from one language into English
  • Using other people’s structures (sentences, paragraph or essay) as your own
    -for example, using a translator to only change a few words in a sentence/paragraph and submitting it as your own
  • Memorizing work and submitting it as your own
    -for example, memorizing an article and coming to class and writing a test, or memorizing information from the Internet or a book for a class presentation
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