Published: May 04, 2010 11:36 PM EDT

NORTH NAPLES - Students at Gulf Coast High School say they were kept in the dark about the district's new grading policy.  Some students say it could affect their scholarships.

Instead of attending 6th period, 200 students protested the new grading policy in the school's courtyard.

"A lot of us are going to be affected," says student Alec Wendel.  "Our grades will be affected."

Last year, students were given one grade at the end of the year.  This year, they were given a grade for each semester.  Students say never knew about the change.

"It was done behind our backs basically," says sophomore Joseph Albano.

Some students tell Wink News this could affect their scholarships to college because now their grades are averaged differently.  The district says information went to guidance counselors and principals last year, but it may not have been clear.  Students say that is no excuse.

"Change the policy back to the way it was," says Albano.

The school district says the board was already going to discuss the new grading policy, before the protest.  Their next meeting is on Thursday.