Expectations of Students

Overall Expectations:

At Speer Academy, we are dedicated to providing our students with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that ensures success in college and beyond. ITW David Speer Academy will continue the Noble tradition of preparing students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college.

ITW David Speer Academy students are expected to:

  • Arrive to school and all classes on time with all required materials
  • Follow the Student Code of Conduct
  • Follow the student dress code
  • Work diligently and do homework nightly
  • Exhibit self-control and discipline in and out of school
  • Participate in before-school or after-school tutoring sessions if necessary
  • Participate in community service activities
  • Work on improving or maintaining health and physical fitness
  • Serve all detentions or suspensions that are earned
  • Accept responsibility for their behavior

Promotion and Graduation Requirements:

Students must meet requirements in all six of the following areas to be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate: academics, enrichment, community service, health, discipline, and internship. Only students who have completed all graduation requirements are eligible to receive a diploma and participate in graduation ceremonies.

1. Academics: Students must earn the credits from all classes in which they are enrolled during the regular school day and school year. Any student who fails any class will be expected to enroll in make-up classes in order to earn credits at the next available opportunity. The cost of these make-up classes is $140 per class.

2. Enrichment Credit: Speer Academy will infuse its curriculum with cutting edge technology to make sure every student has the opportunity to excel. Students will be required to earn 2 enrichment credits over their 4 years. They will earn .25-.50 credits per athletic season, club participation, and/or non-school hour academic class. ITW David Speer Academy will offer athletic facilities, including a full-size outdoor turf field, an indoor gym, and a state-of-the-art weight room. Students will have many opportunities to participate in a full range of extracurricular sports, clubs, and activities to receive their enrichment credits. Enrichment credits are classes taken outside the regular school schedule. A minimum of 25 hours is needed for each (.25) credit. Campuses will pre-approve what qualifies as an enrichment credit.

  1. To be promoted to a junior: 0.5 total enrichment credit
  2. To be promoted to a senior: 1.0 total enrichment credit
  3. To graduate: 1.0 total enrichment credit

3. Community Service: Students must pass the community service required benchmarks, as specified at their campus, which must total a minimum of 40 hours over the four years of high school. 

List of approved Community Service sites

4. Health: Students must pass a written health test and a physical fitness test to be promoted to the next grade level or to graduate. Students who do not pass the health and/or fitness test during the school year must take a fitness class during the summer.

5. Discipline: Students must demonstrate self-discipline and maturity to be promoted or to graduate. The following are requirements for promotion or graduation. If a student earns:

a. 0-12 detentions in one school year, students may be promoted or graduate as long as they serve all detentions.

b. 13-24 detentions in one school year, students may only be promoted or graduate if they take a behavior improvement class. All detentions must still be served.

c. 25-36 detentions in one school year, students may only be promoted or graduate if they take two behavior improvement classes. All detentions must still be served.

d. More than 36 detentions or more than 20 days suspension in one school year, students will not be promoted or graduate and must repeat the grade.

6. Internship: One of our goals is to become a place in the City of Chicago where students can be exposed to and explore in depth the diverse engineering fields and careers. To prepare the future innovators, 100% of students will participate in STEM internships. Seniors must successfully complete all requirements of their internship.

Note: Students who do not meet all the academic, enrichment, community service, fitness and discipline requirements at least one week before the subsequent school year must repeat the entire grade.

Speer Academy Promotional Criteria Checklist



Grading periods: Noble high school campuses operate on a 40-week school year.  There are two semesters per year; each semester is approximately 20 weeks long. Students will receive progress reports every two weeks and parents must attend Report card pick-up at the end of every quarter. Students receive credits at the end of each semester for classes they have passed.

Grading Scale: Noble high school campuses use the following grading scale:

            A+       97-100            4.3                   C+        77-79              2.3
            A          93-96              4.0                  C            73-76              2.0
            A-        90-92              3.7                   C-          70-72              1.7
            B+       87-89              3.3                   D+         67-69              1.3
            B          83-86              3.0                  D            63-66              1.0
            B-        80-82              2.7                   D-          60-62              0.7
                                                                             F            0-59                0.0

Honors classes are awarded a .5 point bonus and Advanced Placement classes are awarded a 1 point bonus when calculating weighted grade point averages. Pass / Fail classes are credit bearing; however, they do not factor into grade point averages.   Students must have a 90% to earn credit and pass a pass/fail class.

Class Rank: Class rank is determined by the weighted cumulative GPA.

Extra Credit: Extra credit can only be made available to the whole class and not to individuals. No extra credit assignments can be given or accepted during the last two weeks of any semester.  However, there can be extra credit points available on assignments or assessments at any time.

Late Work: There are only two options for accepting late work from students:  Either no credit for late work or no more than ½ credits if the work is turned in no later than the class period after which the work was due.