By Rachel Lau
Social Media Editor
There have been several new changes this school year, but one that has seemed to gain everyone’s attention is the addition of an “academic prep” period.
Last year, Red Lion had a period called flex, that didn’t exactly work well for students or teachers. Typically, either the period was left with nothing else to do for the extra 20 minutes or students would become bored and couldn’t keep their attention on the class.
“All changes were made to give students extra support,” Principal Mark Shue said. He also brought up the statistics that showed from this year to last year, student failures lowered 16 percent.
Between cycle 7-8, AAR dropped 18.5 percent along with a 25 percent drop in student failures just in that short amount of time. “Academic prep gives a lot of support within the school day to students and they have the same schedule,” Shue said, “People like consistency in life.”
“I like academic prep more than flex because I get more work done,” sophomore Emily Heiss said.
Senior Ryan Hatterer never had a problem with flex, but doesn’t mind academic prep either. “Sometimes students need the extra twenty minutes to learn their subjects. I also like academic prep because if you’re struggling in a class, you can get help.”
Although there were several positive comments made about the new period, one complaint seemed to be very common among the students. “I don’t like the fact that we can’t go to the bathroom,” senior Allison Thomas said. When she was asked the question, other students surrounding her all said they agreed and that, that was the only problem they had with it.
Academic prep has helped improve many students grades. Most of the feedback has been positive, and teachers and students are looking forward to having the period next year.
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