Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
The Satisfactory academic progress is measured by both the quality and quantity of academic work at the end of each trimester. The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Academic policy requires a student to maintain a 2.7 grade point average (GPA), for both term and cumulative. In addition, the following policies apply:
- Students must successfully complete 70% of their attempted, non-repeated course load. Grades of Incomplete (I), Withdraw (W) or Withdraw Failing (WF) will be included in the course load and are not considered successfully completed courses. Students who are enrolled in approved transfer courses at another school concurrently with courses at The Seattle School will have all courses counted towards their attempted course load.
- A student not successfully completing 70% of their attempted coursework or receiving a term or cumulative GPA below a 2.7 during one term will receive an academic warning by the third week of the following term from the Academic Office stating that the student’s GPA has fallen below a 2.7.
- If a student does not maintain a 2.7 cumulative or term GPA or successfully complete 70% of their attempted coursework for a second consecutive term, the student is placed on academic probation. A student placed on academic probation will be notified in writing by the Academic Office within three weeks of the start of the following term. Each student placed on probation will be required to meet with the Registrar to develop a plan to improve their GPA above the minimum required (e.g., retaking courses with low or failing grades, taking fewer courses each term, attending the writing workshop). If the student makes satisfactory academic progress during the subsequent term they will be removed from academic probation.
- A student who does not meet SAP for two consecutive terms may lose their Financial Aid eligibility. For Financial Aid implications please see the Financial Aid SAP policy located in this catalog.
- A student remaining on academic probation for two consecutive terms may be suspended. A decision to suspend a student will be communicated to the student within two weeks of the final submission of grades. If a student is suspended for failure to make satisfactory academic progress, they will not be allowed to enroll in classes for a minimum of three terms.
- The student may appeal a suspension decision by submitting a written letter of appeal to the Academic Dean within 30 days of receiving notice that they have been suspended from The Seattle School. The student must demonstrate to the Dean that exceptional circumstances were involved and provide evidence indicating that they can raise the grade point average within one term. If the Dean fails to approve the petition, the student is required to withdraw from classes for a minimum of three terms. The Dean may also request that the student fulfill other requirements while suspended.