Notes from the Principal

Dear Parents-
As we approach finals on December 14-15, we wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the exemption policy, as well as the dates and times for finals for your planning purposes.  Please read all the important information below.  
High School Semester Test Exemptions:

  • All students must take a final for a minimum of two (2) cores classes and one (1) elective class each semester. Even though Health is a required course, it may not be counted as a core class. 
  • Students taking a core class at Francis Tuttle or through concurrent enrollment can count that test as a required core final. Concurrent classes that qualify as a core are US History, Government, English Comp I & II, College Algebra, and Personal Finance. 
  • Study Skills, Academic Enhancement, Work Study, and Service Leadership classes do not offer a final, and therefore, cannot be a class chosen for exemption. 
  • A student can be exempt from a final if he/she has the following grades/absences in that class:
             Grade                Absences 
                A             3 excused absences (or less) 
                B             2 excused absences (or less) 
                C             0 excused absences 
          *College visits, office excused, and Activity excused absences do not count in the total against semester exemptions. All excused absences other than college visits, office excused, and Activity excused do count towards loss of semester exemptions. Note that three (3) tardies equal one (1) unexcused absence. 
  • A student may elect to take a final, even if eligible for exemption, in an effort to raise the grade for the class. 

To Ensure Student Attendance During Final Examinations:

To avoid students trying to skip final exams, any student not in his or her classroom during final exams will be counted absent. The office then will be able to check attendance to ensure a student is taking the required number of final exams (a student's absence when they are exempt will not count against them in any way). 
If a student has been suspended, either in school or out-of-school, then that student will not be exempt from taking any final exams. 
Students may still choose to take final exams to raise their final grades, if they so choose.
Students will not be allowed to take finals early or at another time other than the designated one.  Students who can not take their final(s) at the scheduled time will need to take them when they return from winter break.  

Finals Schedule is below

December 14
8:00 - 9:15 am - 1st Hour
9:20 - 10:35 am - 3rd Hour
10:40 - 11:55 am - 5th Hour
12:00 - 1:30 pm - Lunch
1:35 - 3:00 pm - 7th Hour

December 15
8:00 - 9:15 am - 2nd Hour
9:20 - 10:35 am - 4th Hour
10:40 - 11:55 am - 6th Hour
12:00 - 1:30 pm - Lunch
1:35 - 3:00 pm - Make Up Finals

Melissa Jordan


Deer Creek High School

6101 N.W. 206th

Edmond, OK 73012

(405) 348-5720 ext. 2213