August 2, 2021
Dear CU Prep and CCA High School Families,
As a result of Assembly Bill No. 104, approved by Governor Newsom on July 1, 2021, students enrolled in high school during the 2020-2021 school year may now apply to have a letter grade replaced with a Pass or No Pass grade. High school families and students will have 15 days to request a Pass/No Pass grade for one, multiple, or all of their courses/credits completed during the last school year. This includes both the first and second semester. The last day to submit a request is August 24, 2021 by completing this Form and returning it to the school office. The school will then update student transcripts and notify students of any changes made.
Both the CSU and UC systems have issued guidance on how they will handle admissions and GPA calculations for transcripts with Pass or No Pass grades. The CSU information can be found HERE, and UC information can be found HERE. AB 104 requires CSU schools, and encourages UC and private postsecondary schools, to accept without prejudice any transcripts with Pass/No Pass grades.
Students will have 15 days from the day the notice was posted to request a grade change. AB 104 states that schools shall not honor grade change requests after 15 days, so it is very important that you submit this Form prior to August 24, 2021.
We know you may have questions about whether to keep your letter grade or choose the Pass/No Pass mark for 2021-22. We have attached a list of Frequently Asked Questions to assist you in your decision-making process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 530-622-8594.
The other aspects of AB 104 affect students who received D’s or F’s in at least half of their coursework during the 2021 school year and students who are not on track for on-time graduation. Our office will be reaching out to these students on an individual basis.
Principal, CU Prep and CCA
Frequently Asked Questions
Grade Changes and AB 104
Q1: What does a Pass/No Pass grade mean and how will it impact my GPA?
A1: Students will receive a mark of Pass “P” for the amount of credits they completed, if they have met at least the minimum proficiency levels for standards within a course. Students who receive a mark of P will earn full credit for the course if they completed the course, or partial credit if they completed and received credit for only part of a course. The P won’t be calculated into the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA). Students will receive a mark of No Pass “NP” if they have not met the minimum proficiency levels for standards within a course. The NP also won’t be calculated into the student’s GPA.
Q2: How do I receive a Pass grade? How do I receive a No Pass grade?
A2: If a student wishes, any or all letter grades of “A, B, C, and D” may be converted to “Pass.” If a student wishes, any or all letter grades of “F” may be converted to “No Pass.” Students who wish to receive a Pass/No Pass grade must complete this FORM and return it to the school office no later than August 24, 2021.
Q3: Why did the school transition to a choice model of Pass/No Pass (or “A-D”/No Pass) for high school students for the 2020-2021 school year?
A3: The school moved forward with a choice model of Pass/No Pass or “A-D”/F for high school students as a result of legislation passed by the State of California (AB 104).
Q4: Can I change my grade from a letter grade to Pass/No Pass for the first semester and not the second, and vice versa, from the same course?
A4: Yes. Students may request a Pass/No Pass grade request for one, multiple, or all classes.
Q5: Will post-secondary institutions accept, for admission purposes, a transcript with a Pass or No Pass grade instead of a letter grade?
A5: Some higher educational institutions, including those from other states, may not accept a Pass/No Pass grade on a student’s transcript. However, here is a list of post-secondary educational institutions that have indicated to the California Department of Education (CDE) that they will accept Pass/No Pass grades without prejudice. It is important that students/families consult with their college or university to ensure full understanding of a Pass/No Pass grade on one’s transcript.
Q6: What if I want to keep my letter grades for the 2020-2021 school year?
A6: High school students who do not wish to modify their earned letter grades from last school year do not need to take any further action.
Q7: How will Pass/No Pass grades earned during the COVID-19 pandemic impact my ability to be eligible and competitive for a California State University (CSU) school?
A7: The CSU has temporarily suspended the letter grade requirements for “a-g” courses completed in the winter, spring, summer and fall 2020 terms and winter, spring, and summer 2021 terms. This means that for Fall 2022 and future admission cycles, for courses you took in high school during these terms, Pass and Credit grades will satisfy completion of “a-g” requirements. (Source: The California State University Website)
Q8: How will Pass/No Pass grades earned during the COVID-19 pandemic impact my ability to be eligible and competitive for a University of California (UC) school?
A8: For a University of California school, Pass (P) or Credit (CR) grades earned in spring, summer, and fall 2020, as well as spring and summer 2021, will meet A-G requirements for any student who was enrolled in high school during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. This includes students currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
UC campus admission offices are mindful of the many obstacles students and schools alike are currently facing. Nonetheless, UC strongly encourages potential applicants to take, whenever possible, A-G courses for letter grades, especially those in English and mathematics, as well as those in prospective major fields. (Source: University of California Website)
Q9: How will the NCAA Eligibility Center approach high schools that issue Pass/No Pass grades in the 2020-2021 school year?
A9: For NCAA-approved core courses completed in 2020-21 and/or 2021-22 that have been issued a grade of Pass, the Eligibility Center will apply the credit earned in these courses toward the core-course requirement in the student's certification. If the student's core-course GPA would increase by assigning a value of 2.300, this value will be assigned to the Passed courses. However, if the student's core-course GPA would decrease by including the 2.300 value for Passed courses, the student’s core-course GPA will be calculated based only on courses with assigned letter grades from previous terms (credit from these courses will still be applied toward the student's core course requirements). Note: This policy will apply to students from all grade levels (e.g., freshmen, sophomores) who successfully complete NCAA-approved pass/fail core courses in 2020-21 and 2021-22. (Source: NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQs)
Updated: Aug 3, 2021