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Final Exams

Student wearing a gold sweatshirt sitting at a desk filling in bubbles on their exam with a red pencil

Glenbrook North High School's final exams occur over four days at the end of each semester.

Each day includes two 90-minute exam blocks with a 15-minute break.

Students must be present for classes where exams are required. For blocks, when students do not have an exam, they can leave campus or remain in one of the designated quiet study areas.

Bus routes will run on their regular pick-up schedule these days, and a modified drop-off schedule will depart from GBN at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Dates of Final Exams

Schedule of Final Exams

Day 1

  • 8-9:30 a.m. | Block 1 (Gold)
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. | Break
  • 9:45-11:15 a.m. | Block 2 (Gold)

Day 2

  • 8-9:30 a.m. | Block 3 (Gold)
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. | Break
  • 9:45-11:15 a.m. | Block 4 (Gold)

Day 3

  • 8-9:30 a.m. | Block 1 (Green)
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. | Break
  • 9:45-11:15 a.m. | Block 2 (Green)

Day 4

  • 8-9:30 a.m. | Block 3 (Green)
  • 9:30-9:45 a.m. | Break
  • 9:45-11:15 a.m. | Block 4 (Green)

Each student must complete semester evaluations according to administrative guidelines. It is not within the teacher's prerogative to permit deviations from established evaluation dates and time. On exam days, teams and activities must not begin before 2 p.m.

Additional Information

Each student must complete semester evaluations according to administrative guidelines. Permitting deviations from established evaluation dates and time is not within a teacher's prerogative.


Students are required to only attend during their classes designated time. Students who do not have a scheduled exam can stay on campus in designated areas, including a department resource center, cafeteria or the library. All hallways, except student centers, are closed during exam periods.

Each exam is 90 minutes, and students must stay in their testing room for the entire period. We recommend students bring study materials to use when they have completed the exam before the end of the exam period.

In the rare instance that a student needs to change an exam date, students should contact the Associate Principal of Curriculum and Instruction to discuss options.

Makeup and Extended Time Exams

Students can schedule makeup exams with their individual teacher for any time between noon and 1:30 p.m., or at another approved time. Extended-time exams are available each exam day from noon to 1:30 p.m.


During first-semester exams, the bookstore will only accept buybacks for students graduating in January. All other buybacks will occur at the end of the school year.


The cafeteria will open daily for breakfast, grab-and-go snacks and lunches until 1 p.m.

Bus Schedule

During our final exam week, buses will pick up students at their usual time and on a modified schedule for drop-off. Buses will leave GBN at 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Second Semester Finals for Seniors

Second semester final exams will take place during regulary scheduled class periods on Tuesday, May 28 (Gold Day), and Wednesday, May 29 (Green Day). Students not scheduled for a final exam are not expected to attend class. If a student does not attend a final exam because of an unexcused absence will receive an "F" grade.

If a senior student has three or four finals on one day, the student may request a change in the last final of the day by contacting the Associate Principal of Teaching and Learning. Upon the approval of the request, the student must contact the teacher and coordinate a new time for the make-up exam

Final Exam Policy

A senior student with an 80% semester average in a given course may have the option of waiving the final. The only attendance requirement is no unexcused absences including out-of-school suspensions.

By the nature of the course, if a final exam is deemed critical to a fair assessment of the student’s work, the student must take the final exam whether or not the condition above has been met. The instructor(s) of the course, instructional supervisor, and principal (or designee) make this decision.

Students in classes in which a final may be waived will be notified one week prior to senior finals if their performance meets the criteria stated above. In order to maintain their exempt status, students must continue to meet the criteria through the last day of senior attendance.

Returning Loaned Materials

The bookstore will be open from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, through Friday, May 31, 2024, for students to return loaned items. All items with a gold barcode be returned to to the Bookstore and cannot be left with the courses teacher or left in the classroom.

GBN Bookstore

  • The GBN Bookstore will not accept check for financial obligation payments after May 17, 2024, for senior students. All financial obligations for seniors must be paid via cash, credit card, or online through e~Funds.
  • Weekly invoices will be emailed to families in May, notifying them of outstanding school fees, obligations, and loaned outstanding textbooks.
    • Please do not return loaned textbooks to a staff member or leave the book in a classroom. 
    • Return all textbooks to the GBN Bookstore.
    • Paper checks are not accepted for senior obligations after 5/17/24 (this does not affect any other grade level). 
    • The GBN Bookstore will continue to accept cash and credit card payments for graduating students. 
    • Payments can still be made online.

General Information

  • Seniors with three or four finals on one day may request a change in the last final of the day by contacting Dr. Ed Solis in the Main Office at
  • Once your request is approved, make-up exams are scheduled by contacting the teacher and coordinating a new time. 
  • Seniors without a final exam scheduled need not attend class.
  • Block 3 teachers should give senior finals as their regular class time is configured; however, if a class is a split block (Lunch 2), teachers can give their exams in one sitting. Teachers will communicate the changes they make in the schedule to their instructional supervisor and Bill Eike.