School + Citizenship = Grade

By: Abigail Karkowski ’22

55EE9AB6-125A-4837-9FF6-F60CB59C6951A fresh new wave of possibilities has hit Ridley High School for the 2018-2019 school year. One of those many changes is the Citizenship grading criteria. The way this new grading works is students are either given and satisfactory (S) or an unsatisfactory (U) based on their behavior in each class. If a student has two or more unsatisfactory grades in Citizenship, he ais prohibited from attending school dances and participating in activities Ridley High School has to offer.

Clearly there are conflicting opinions in this new grading area, but every good idea will have both positive and negative outcomes and opinions. The new citizenship grading change received both.

Some negative opinions on the Citizenship grade. “I don’t like that you can’t attend dances or school events if you have a bad grade in Citizenship. What if someone isn’t good in a subject and from the simple fact that no one is perfect, they can’t enjoy their high school experience?” questioned freshman Elicia Cabrera.

Students have been affected in both positive and negative ways with this new assessment criteria.

“It helps me keep my grades up and helps me make sure I’m doing my best in school,” said freshman Alyssa Freeman. 

On the other end of the scale are the negative effects.

“It affects me by constricting my availability to do extracurricular activities without first having acceptable grades,” says freshman Giavana Iannetta.

The citizenship grades are given based off whether or not students are doing their work. Are they cutting class? Do they hand in their assignments on time? Are they talking or texting in class? Do they do their work? Are they consistently late? Are they misbehaving? All these have an affect on a student’s citizenship grade.

Many students have mixed opinions on whether or not they like the new citizenship grades.

“I don’t mind it so I guess I like it. There is definitely respect in the school and it keeps my grades in line,” said freshman Tyler Motlez.

Others had opposing opinions. “Overall I don’t really like it, because I feel as though it puts more added stress on students,” said freshman Elicia Cabrera. 

Often students attending public school are seen as disrespectful, especially compared to students attending Catholic school. The new Citizenship grade  is teaching the importance of being a good citizen in the community.





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