Student Success: It’s All Relative

How do you tell your top students that they are still way behind peers outside their urban, “low skills” school without dousing any hope to succeed?

With this year’s new senior class, the lesson we learned from last year’s students just is not clicking – namely that graduating from high school is not a guarantee and neither is getting into college.

Because many of our brightest students have already finished most of New York State’s curriculum requirements, and because they are bright enough to read their transcript, they want shortened schedules which drop unnecessary credits and they don’t want to work terribly hard in the classes that remain. They’ve caught senioritis before the year even started.