Nothing gets a mom fired up more than when your kid is facing an injustice. We want to “fix” the wrong but how?
My freshman son brought home his first quarter report card yesterday. I looked it over and was totally impressed with his grades. Told him awesome job and went about my day. Until I realized that there was no mention of honor roll listed on his report card. Weird. With a quarter average of 98.9667, why didn’t he get honor roll. So being the type of mom who can’t forget things no matter how hard I try, I went to the district web site to look up the criteria for honor roll.
The district policy for high school honor roll is as follows:
Honor Roll – an average of 90-97.9% with no grade lower than 85% in courses of one or more credits and not less than 80% in courses of less than one credit, Advanced Placement courses, College in the High School courses, or Dual Enrollment courses.
Distinguished Honor Roll – an average of 98% or above with no grade lower than 85% in courses of one or more credits and not less than 80% in courses of less than one credit, Advanced Placement courses, College in the High School courses, or Dual Enrollment courses.
All grades received will be averaged using the appropriate weighted value to determine honor roll eligibility. A “D” or “F” range grade in any subject will prevent a student from achieving honor roll distinction.
Average of 98.9667 does not qualify for Honor Roll? Nope!
Apparently because he got an 82 in Honors Biology, he does not qualify for either distinguished or regular honor roll. Say what! Nowhere in the high school honor roll policy is there anything about honor classes. There is for AP, Dual Enrollment and College in the High School but not regular honors classes. This means that Cameron who has a 98.9667 average doesn’t make honor roll, but a student taking all regular classes with a 90% average does qualify.
The high school tells these kids to take the hardest class that you think you can do well in. 82 is not horrible in my book. It is a hard class, and he has struggles with it. Trying his best to figure out the format that the teacher requires for labs and tests. I have complete confidence that he will figure it out, but if he had been in regular biology, he would probably have an A right now. The honor roll policy discourages kids from pushing themselves and taking classes that challenge them.
So what do you, as a mom, do?
After my initial anger over the issue, I took to Facebook with my situation. I had 4 moms respond that the same thing has happened to their kids. My anger deepened. I never realized the unfairness of the policy while my oldest went there because the situation never occurred with her.
Do I accept that the policy is what it is and move on? Just encourage my son to simply try harder and do better? No! While I will encourage him to try harder because I always encourage him to do better even if he has an A. I also placed a call to the high school principal to see how I can get this policy changed. Not that I feel extremely confident that I will be able to effect change in our high school, but I want my kids to know that I will fight for them no matter what the issue.
The principal was not available yesterday, but I will update you when I speak with her about this issue.