Tests, Exams & Academic Honesty

As a community, we place a very high value on honesty, and academic honesty falls within this philosophy. Cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Because each academic discipline requires students to engage in different kinds of academic projects, each department has prepared explicit outlines of acceptable and unacceptable academic practices with respect to plagiarism and academic integrity.

The below guidelines are not only shared with students at the beginning of a course but also are referred to throughout the year. Consequently, it is understood, for example, that: a language student knows what constitutes unacceptable use of a translator; an English student knows work is to be with the primary sources only unless specific permission has been granted by the teacher to look at secondary sources, such as SparkNotes, literary criticism, or peer papers; the math student knows the extent of collaboration allowed on Friday Sheets; and the science student knows precisely where he or she may collaborate on a lab project and where he or she must work independently. Generally, all students are held responsible for knowing how to properly cite words or ideas which are not their own.

Protocols for Tests & Final Exams

  • Students are expected to take announced tests on the day they are scheduled.
  • A student is not expected to sit for more than two tests in one day. Should more than two tests be announced, the student should see the academic office a minimum of 24 hours in advance to reschedule the extra test[s].
  • Students and parents must keep in mind that term final exams are an important part of the academic program.
  • Students should not expect to be excused for appointments during exam week or to arrange an exam to be taken at a time other than when it has been scheduled.
  • Exams are ordinarily given at the end of each term.
  • Seniors are exempt from spring exams in year-long courses if their grades warrant this privilege.
  • Students must not allow travel plans to interfere with their taking final examinations at the scheduled times.
  • ​​​​​​​Families should make travel plans well in advance, keeping in mind the school calendar as they do so.