I want to review the change the high school made this year regarding our drop/add process for courses for the second semester. I sent parents a notification about this change in my September 15, 2014 Principal Notes.
For many years, the high school's practice is that students have four weeks at the start of school to determine their courses for the year. During that time any changes to a schedule are not reflected on the transcript. If after the four week drop/add period, a student drops a first semester class the transcript would note Withdraw Pass (WP) or Withdraw Fail (WF) depending on the student's grade at the time.
Change to BHS Course Drop/Add Process
Starting this year, we have added that students have the first four weeks of the year to determine whether to drop or add courses in the second semester. If a student decides to drop a second semester class before second semester starts the transcript will reflect a “WF.” If a student starts a second semester course and decides to drop the course, the notation will reflect the student's grade at that time. If no grade has been assigned the student will receive a “WF.” If a course is dropped after a college acceptance, an updated transcript will be sent out to the colleges. Previously, students were able to drop a course at the start of second semester and it would be removed from their transcript.
Reasons for the Change
We have made this decision because we want to use our limited number of teachers as efficiently as possible. Over the last few years, we have found that some seniors and juniors were dropping classes during second semester. The result was very small classes, and it was often too late for other students to add the class. With the change, we are able to know who is enrolled in a class earlier. That way we can either allow 9th or 10th graders to enroll or we can cancel the class and have that teacher teach another more popular class.
In addition, we made this change because we need to make sure our transcripts are accurate. We send student transcripts to colleges at the start of the year. This includes the classes that students are enrolled in for the second semester. If a student drops a second semester courses after acceptance, and that change is not reflected on the transcript, it puts the integrity of our transcript in question.
If you have questions on concerns, please feel free to contact me.