Sixty-four percent and under takes a toll with bad grades. Photo by Claire Krackow
New program raises standards and awareness of student progress in the classroom.
By Claire Krackow
The Red Lion Area Senior High School has a new program called “Academic At Risk.” The purpose of this program is to make students more aware of where they stand academically, and to motivate them to improve their grades.
It is one of the programs put in place this year to reinforce the “failure is not an option” theme.
If a student has a 64% or lower in a class, that student must have a conference with his or her teacher to help improve their grade.
Not only that, but the teacher will make a call home and discuss their grade with the parent. Assistant Principal Brian Raab explained, “We start to target the students during a 15 day, or three week time period. The first cycle ended on February 15.”
“I think it’s a good idea, it’s good to know where the students stand academically and if you’re failing you may be discouraged and not know what to do, so it could actually help to invest on some extra help. It is definitely do-able, and it’s good to have more structure in place. If the student keeps failing, the teacher will call home every three weeks.” Raab said.
Raab continued to explain, “Other teachers that the student have can also see if they’re failing another one of their classes, so it would also be good to speak with other teachers about why they’re doing well, and to use those skills for that class they’re failing in.”
The program is designed to help students become more successful in their academics, and strive to become a better student.
Learn more about the Academic at Risk system by clicking here.