Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) means that a student is proceeding in a positive manner toward fulfilling the requirements of the course in progress. Discovery Learning Center utilizes a 2.0 grade point average as the minimum standard of academic achievement and then takes into account how well a student has adhered to the Attendance Policy before determining SAP.

If at the end of a course a student does not maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 nor adheres to the Attendance Policy, the student will receive a warning letter and will be asked to sign a Student Failure Confirmation form. The student is placed on academic probation and is given one more session to remove the probation.  If the student fails to remove the probation during that time, he/she is dismissed.  A student who fails to earn a grade point average of 2.0 must repeat the same level for the next session.

It is also important to note that if a student has only achieved the minimum grade point average for good academic standing, he/she is given a choice of whether to repeat a particular course or simply move on to the next level of the IEP.

Grading Policies

Moving to the Next Level

In the syllabus, you will find information about how your final grade will be calculated. For most courses, the final grade for a course is determined by the weighted letter grades of the student’s participation, quizzes/tests, and exams (midterms and finals). You can earn grades from an A to an F. In every IEP course, students must earn a C or above (a final grade of 70% or higher) to move to the next level. If you fail to receive a C or above, you must repeat the same level for the following session.

Grading Scale

The Discovery Learning Center (DLC) Grading System is as follows.

Grade Point Value Definition Percentage
A 4.0 Excellent 90 – 100%
B+ 3.5 Very Good 86 – 89%
B 3.0 Good 80 – 85%
C+ 2.5 Above Average 76 – 79%
C 2.0 Average 70 – 75%
F 0 Failing Below 70%
W Withdrawal
I Incomplete

Failing a Course

If you fail a course, you should first talk to your instructors or the Academic Director to find out how to improve and get extra help. It is the duty of the student to ask for extra help from instructors. If you do not receive a grade of “C” or better when you repeat the course in the next session, you will be dismissed from the program.


If for any reason it becomes necessary for students to withdraw from the Discovery Learning Center, they must fill out and submit the withdrawal request form.


Grade “I”, as described above, represents an incomplete in a course. Usually you receive grades for your classes in the IEP. However, if you begin the class late, midway through the session, you will be given an incomplete (“I”) for the class. In this situation, you are required to repeat the class for the full session in order to receive a grade and pass to the next level.

Repeated Courses

A student may repeat a course and will receive credit for taking the course once. Students are not allowed to repeat a course in which they have earned a grade above “C+”.

Discovery Learning Center (DLC) realizes that not all students learn English at the same pace nor possess the same ability for English communication. However, DLC also realizes that repeating a class several times signals that you are unable to cope with the material for the class nor the rigor of the program in general. Therefore, if you are unable to get a passing grade, you will be put on academic probation. If you fail to receive a passing grade for a second time, you will not be allowed to re-enroll in the program.