August 28, 2012
Dear Horizons Academy Family,
Welcome back! We’ve had a great start and are glad to share with you a change that has been put into effect with the 2012-13 school year. We believe this new system will allow greater opportunity for student success.
The change, approved by the 2011-12 School-Based Decision Making Council (SBDM), will help us serve the academic needs of your student more quickly and effectively. In years past, high school students received whole credits for each year-long class they passed. This year, students will now be awarded half credits for each semester they pass.
We think this approach only brings good things for our students. The method of calculating your student’s grades during the semester remains the same. You will still receive progress reports, but the reports will show the accumulated grade from the beginning of the semester. The semester grade will be made up of the accumulated total with a final exam.
When the second semester begins, your son or daughter will start with a “clean slate” in each class. The grade from the previous semester will not affect the grade for the second semester. For example, a student earning a B in the fall will have a B for that half credit. If the student earns an A in the second semester, it will only be recorded for the second semester grade. The two semester grades will not be averaged together.
If a student is not successful in the fall, she will have less work to recover. This will make it easier for students to stay on track to graduate with their peers.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the guidance counselor or the principal. We want to be sure that everyone has the information and support for student success.
Penny Bradley, Principal