Tuesday, June 14, 2011
In anxious anticipation you wait for the fourth quarter and final exam grades. Will it bring Johnny’s grades up to passing, or will he fail the course for the year?
Now, I have to say I have not had to deal with this particular scenario, but my personal view is that if this is the position you’re in right now, a week or two before school ends, then you need to sign up for summer school to repeat that course. Why? Because if your grades are that low, then you are obviously struggling with the material. The reason (although it can be very important) does not justify the grade.
(Maybe here I should mention that my brother adamantly disagrees with my beliefs on this because he would have been in summer school every year of his high school career. Somehow, that argument didn’t change my mind…)
Anyway, here’s another reason not to procrastinate: at Randolph-Macon Academy, the four most popular courses for summer school for this year so far are:
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- World History II
Most of the time math courses are taken as repeats, although some students take them as new course. World History II is often taken as a new course to free up a student’s schedule to allow more room for electives—but again, there are also those who are repeating it. Art is just a fun summer elective we offer here at R-MA--boarding students taking that class must take another half-day elective or add in a repeat course to keep them busy during the day.
Obviously, if you’re interested in any of those four courses—or Geometry or any English courses, which also tend to fill up quickly--you should start applying today before they close out and go to waiting lists. You can find out more on the summer school section of our web site, or call us at 800-272-1172.