New policy on high school classes

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At Monday night’s meeting of the Switzerland County School Board, high school principal Candis Haskell made a presentation to the board concerning classes that middle school students take that earn them high school credits.

Currently the eighth graders are eligible to take freshman algebra while still in middle school. The grade from that eighth grade class is added to the student’s transcript and high school grade point average.

At Monday’s meeting, Candis Haskell outlined a new policy dealing with these classes.

The new policy includes not only algebra, but also Spanish, which will now be offered at the middle school for high school credit.

The policy states:

– For students who receive an “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D” in the class, the grade will be added to the high school transcript and GPA.

– Students who receive an “F” in the class will receive no high school credit.

– Students working towards an Academic Honors Diploma who earn a “B”, “C”, or “D” in algebra have the choice to take the class again during their career at the high school to earn a higher grade and the high school grade will apply.

– Students working towards an Academic Honors Diploma who earn a “B”, “C”, or “D” in Spanish have the choice to take the class again during their career at the high school to earn a higher grade and the high school grade will apply.

– Students who earn a “D” in algebra or Spanish during the middle school who do not choose to retake the class will not be eligible for an Academic Honors Diploma.

– Any class taken during eighth grade for high school credit may be taken over in high school and the grade earned during high school years will apply.

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The policy was approved unanimously by the school board on Monday night.