First Semester Final Exams Begin

Blocks 1-4 exams will be held Jan. 18-20

BY BROOKLYN VERDEJO, staff writer

At Sanford High School, the first semester has come to a close and Final Exams begin this week. We’ve got you covered with all of the info you need.

Finals will be held Jan. 18-20. Buses will run only at their regularly scheduled time, but kids can get rides to leave when exam times end. Students do need to remain in their classrooms for the entire exam block, regardless of when they finish (no early walk-outs).

All students need to attend their finals, regardless of grade. Teachers will notify students who qualify for remediation time (Thursday and Friday) to boost grades, earn prescriptions or pass the class.

To note, passing is 70% or higher. According to the 2022-2023 Student Handbook, SHS’s Prescription Program is “a limited-time opportunity for students to recover credit for core courses that they failed—in lieu of repeating the entire course.” Students who fail a core course (not electives) with a grade of 60 to 69, and took the final exam are eligible for a prescription.

If a student fails a core class that is a prerequisite to another, they will need to retake that course before moving forward (for example, passing English 9 is a prerequisite to taking English 10).

Block 1 and 3 finals are on Wednesday the 18th, which will be a full school day with all other academic blocks. 

On Thursday, Jan. 19, Block 2 finals will be held from 7:50 – 9:20 a.m. After finals, there will be remediation time the rest of the day for students to meet with teachers and catch up on work. An optional lunch will be available from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Any SRTC kids are expected to go to their finals first and then continue to their program.

On Friday, Jan. 20, Block 4 finals are held from 7:50 – 9:20 a.m. All of the same remediation, lunch, and SRTC details apply.


For students feeling stressed, a good way to avoid test anxiety is to feel prepared. Here are some helpful tips to prepare yourself for final exams:

  • Make a study plan
  • Practice time management
  • Try to work at a table where you are less likely to get distracted
  • Set goals
  • Take breaks and space out your study time
Study tips to get prepared. Source: Maizenews.com

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