Academic Achievement

The grading system for IAS is compared in the following manner. The grades are distributed four times per school year or quarterly.

Grading Scales

Grades are distributed at the end of each marking period. Parents will be informed if students are not performing at the appropriate academic level. In the case of K to 2nd grades they will be used as a means to better understand the progress towards learning objectives in smaller pieces.

It is the responsibility of the teacher, under the supervision of the Director, to determine the instructional level of the students in reading and mathematics. Once these levels are determined, the discussion of grade placement for the following year will take place with all parties. It is the desire of IAS that all students progress in the appropriate grade/age levels. However, this requires completion of learning skills at a passing level in all areas of study.

Kindergarten Through Grade 2

In Kindergarten through second grade, the grade is not connected to numerical scale.

E Exceeds grade level expectations
M Meets grade level expectations
S Steady progress towards grade level expectations
L Limited progress towards grade level expectations


Teachers will discuss the grading system during Open House.

3 Through 8 Grade

In grades 3 to 8, the grade is connected to a numerical scale as follows.

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below F

These grades are used in major subjects of Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Grades may be further noted by a plus (+) or minus (-). See the complete grade breakdown that follows for a better understanding.

Tunisian Grades Comparison

The Tunisian grading system is mostly a 20-point grading scale used primarily in secondary schools and universities. For primary schools, a letter-grade scale is used.

IAS will continue to communicate and inform parents and students of the comparison. At this time, we are not involved with transfer students and do not need to assess their grades and calculate them based on the grading scale used. As IAS grows this area will receive more details.

Below is the Grading scale used in the secondary schools and universities.  

Scale Grade Description US Grade
14.00-20.00 Very Good A            Grades of 18-20 rarely given
12.00-13.99 Good B+
11.00-11.99 Good B
10.50-10.99 Good B-
10.10-10.49 Pass C+
10.00-10.09 Pass C
9.00-9.99 Pass C
5.00-8.99 D
0.00-4.99 Fail F

Learning Skills

Learning Skills for grades K-5 are marked with the following to provide further information concerning the student’s progress. Learning Skills in the classroom will be described on the report cards.

1 Consistently Observed
2 Occasionally Observed
3 Infrequently Observed

Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher at any time during the school year for a conference to discuss progress, questions or concerns.