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The private school our kids attend changed the grading system mid-year last year to improve the grades of kids struggling with AP courses by adopting a 5.0 scale. This year the class ranking has changed due to this mid-year change. The school plans to drop the 5.0. Our child moved out of first rank as she was not in the AP course due to her schedule. She planned to take the course this year but they dropped the class. She has taken 3 college courses this year concurrent with high school and carried a 4.0, however the school will not figure in-house a 5.0 scale for these courses. This move out of the ranking takes away scholarship dollars. Can private schools do as they please in these matters? Is there any recourse for families? It seems odd, unfair? to change grading policy mid-year.

2012-01-29
J.Simmons
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

Can private schools do as they please in these matters?
Yes

Is there any recourse for families?
Complain and try to get changes made. The ultimate recourse is removing your child(ren)
from the school.

It seems odd, unfair? to change grading policy mid-year.
I agree but remember most colleges use unweighted grades for admissions/scholarships
so in the end this should not be a big deal.

 

 

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