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49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472




Guidance Office:


Phone:  (902) 562-7047

Fax: (902) 562-3747


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Sydney Academy




February 2, 2018


Criteria for Qualifying:


Students may be eligible to be exempt from one scheduled examination per semester. Unscheduled exams and “process” exams are not included.


1. A student who has any unexcused absence in any course may not be considered for an exemption.  Excused and unexcused are defined in the Provincial Attendance Policy Guidelines.

(Please note that family trips, dance competitions, do not qualify as excused absences)


2. A student who has had a school suspension does not qualify for the Exam exemption. A student who has had behaviour referrals to the office may be denied exam exemption. Teachers have the discretion to refrain from signing an exam exemption form for chronic learning disruptions in the classroom (eg. chronic cell phone use).


3. In order to qualify for an exemption, the student must have completed all major assessment components for each of the courses in which she/he is enrolled. What is considered a “major assessment component” will be determined by the subject teacher, department head and school administration where necessary. An exam exemption form must be signed by all of the student’s teachers to confirm that all major assessments and tests have been completed.  


4. A student cannot be exempt from any NS Provincial exams, Common Board Exams, NS Virtual School exams, NS Dept. of Education Correspondence exams,  IB or AP exams, vocational exams, in a course that the student is at risk of failing or if the student is at risk of failing more than one course.


5. Grade 9 students will have a chance to qualify for exam exemption in June. Because we are beginning the Exam Exemption in the second semester, English and Math will be treated the same as a one semester High School Course and students may not accumulate more than 6 excused absences.  Grade 9 students may not miss more than 3 excused absences in Social Studies, Science, and French since these courses meet every second day.  If the Exam Exemption were to continue the following year then Grade 9 students could not miss more than 12 excused absences in English and Math  over the entire school year and 6 excused absences Science, Social Studies and French.  Grade 9 students would only be eligible for the exam exemption for June exams.


6. The final decision on all exam exemptions is at the discretion of the Principal.


7. A Grade 10-12 student shall not accumulate any more than:


6 excused absences in any one credit course in which the student is enrolled within any one semester(class meets every day);

6 excused absences in any one credit course in which the student is enrolled for the full year (class meets every second day);

6 excused absences in any combined half credit courses in which the student is enrolled within any one semester;

12 excused absences in any one vocational course in which the student is enrolled within any one semester.

6 lates in total from all courses in one semester.

*(Math 10 is a 2 credit course and will be treated as one course each semester).


8. School related activities (ACT) do not contribute to the loss of an exam exemption.


Note: Parents/guardians must phone the school or submit a written note within 5 days to excuse an absence in order to ensure it is recorded as excused. It is important that students and parents/guardians closely monitor attendance.

Procedure & Timeline:


The qualification period for exemptions will begin Tuesday, February 6, 2018 for

the second semester


Prior to the end of the semester’s regularly scheduled classes, a list of all students eligible for exam exemption and an application for an exam exemption will be available students.


The exemption application form will indicate which exam the student is proposing to exempt. It must be signed by all of the student’s teachers to confirm that all major assessments have been completed, and be signed by the student and his/her parent/guardian.  

Note: Exemption eligibility will also be subject to the return of all outstanding textbooks.


Additionally, to ensure that a student keeps his or her exemption eligibility, submission of exemption forms must adhere to deadlines.

On or before the last week preceding exams, the final list of students approved for an exam exemption will be posted. After this time the school may revoke an individual’s exemption for any exceptional circumstance. Students must attend all classes until the end of the semester or the exemption can be revoked.


*******Reminder: It is the student’s responsibility to regularly monitor his/her attendance in Power School to ensure accuracy. Changes will not be made after the 5 day reporting period.