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Helena Public Schools looking to implement weighted grading system for AP students

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Helena High Principal Steve Thennis said he’s not sure there’s any metric to truly determine the level of hard work in high school. (MTN News photo) Helena High Principal Steve Thennis said he’s not sure there’s any metric to truly determine the level of hard work in high school. (MTN News photo)
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Should Helena Public Schools implement a weighted grading system for advanced placement students?

Many are all for it but not everyone is on board.

During this week's Board of Trustees meeting, several high school students and teachers expressed a desire for school officials to include weighted GPA’s.

Students who spoke before the school board, said they feel like there’s little to no incentive taking rigorous AP courses

Students also said getting anything lower than an A can decrease their chances at earning scholarships and getting accepted into elite-colleges.

While its seen as a lack of academic recognition to some, Helena High Principal Steve Thennis has a different perspective.

Thennis said he’s not sure there’s any metric to truly determine the level of hard work in high school.

Thennis said, “A kid that's getting a C in an upper level math class may be stretching themselves way beyond what they're capable of doing and we shouldn't then stifle that challenge by saying oh and by the way you're number 300 in a class of 310.”

Helena High has about 475 students currently enrolled in AP courses.

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