Can students drop if they have a D or F?

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  1. GGarcia

    GGarcia Rookie

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    Just wondering how it works in your school. If a student received a D or F for the first semester are they allowed to drop the class and transfer to something else. I teach a foreign language, but would be interested in hearing about any subject. Thanks.
     
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    Our students can drop a class in December. Semester grades come out in January.
     
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    I'm in a college prep Catholic high school.

    There is no "dropping" of courses.
     
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    It depends on the principal. It cannot be done in ECO classes but in the past it has been allowed with others.
     
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    We allow schedule changes in only very special circumstances. Not for a D or F.
     
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    That would not usually be allowed here. It's possible but very unlikely; there would have to be some seriously major reason for that to happen.

    As an electives teacher, this policy is frustrating. If a kid fails the first semester of a foreign language, they probably aren't going to pass the second semester. It's just the way things work. And since electives are by definition not usually required, I think it would be a good option to be able to transfer out at semester time if they are failing. The problem, at least at my school, is that we don't have many semester-long electives. For the most part they are all year-long electives. There just aren't any options for students to enter a new class at the beginning of the second semester, because all the classes have already been going strong for several months.
     
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    DS' handbook says that the student must have a C- to go on. Found out that the only way they would let him drop was if he had an F. He had a D or D-. This class was an honors class. He could have dropped it and taken a regular class. But they wouldn't let him. Dropped his GPA as a result. Class is listed as a D on his transcript.
     
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    It's not only allowed, but seen as a solution to many problems by our Guidance department.
     
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    This is very true of my school as well.
     
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    It depends on the class, the student, and if there is any class to put them in. I teach an AP class for freshman and typically have 1 or 2 students that will leave on their own or like this year prompted a bit by myself.

    This year its an elective in SS so they moved to another SS elective that is the same class period-last year it was required to take an SS class as 9th graders so they moved to the non-AP class.

    If a student is a discipline problem as well as failing, the counselors will try to figure out a way to move them to either another teacher (if applicable) or another course all together.
     

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