Minimum Pass grade is C (2.0, or 70 percent)
A = 4.0 (90-100 percent)
B = 3.0 (80-89 percent)
C = 2.0 (70-79 percent)
D = 1.0 (69 percent or below; failure)
I = Incomplete
W = Withdrew
Minimum satisfactory grade is 2.0 or 70 percent. Should a student fall below a GPA of 2.0 for any one marking period, they will be put on probation. The student has until the next marking period to improve their GPA or be dismissed. A marking period is every 90 hours of classtime for the 720-hour and 360-hour programs. For all other courses (8-, 30-, 36- and 72-hour courses) the marking periods will be at the 25 percent and 50 percent periods and the conclusion of the class (end-term). A class hour is 50 minutes in length with a 10-minute break. The number of students in a typical class is eight. The maximum number of students in a classroom or laboratory setting of instruction is twelve.
The education objective level of occupation for which the student will qualify once training is completed is basic for Basic Jewelry Making, Design/Rendering and Bead Stringing courses. The level of occupation is entry level for all comprehensive courses, as well as Jewelry Repair, Diamond Setting I and II and Wax Modeling/Casting/Molds.
The school’s satisfactory progress policy, as it pertains to incompletes, is that a student has 90 days to complete their course before an incomplete grade reverts to a failure. Withdrawals are permitted through the first four weeks of class and will have no effect on the student’s GPA. Withdrawals after the fourth week will result in a failure for the course. In regard to repetitions, a student may repeat a course as many times as they wish and the highest grade will be factored into the GPA.
The maximum time frame to complete any curriculum shall not exceed 1.5 times the normal duration or number of clock hours required for completion. If a student fails to meet the minimum grade point average or fails to complete the training within the maximum time frame, the student must be dismissed unless conditions exist which, in the opinion of the Director, warrants placing the student on probation. These conditions must first be expressed by the student during a formal appeal process. This process calls for the student to submit, in writing, reason(s) why they should be considered for reinstatement. If a student is placed on probation, they will be on probation until the course is completed, and no additional extensions to the duration of the curriculum will be granted. In addition, the student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or 70 percent for each marking period thereafter or they will be dropped from the program permanently.