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YUHSD offering weighted grade scale for designated scholar courses

Beginning this school year, Yuma Union High School District students who take designated scholar courses will be calculated on a weighted grade scale.

The classes impacted are English 101, which is college freshman composition, and above as well as Math 187, which is pre-calculus, and above.   

“The ultimate goal is to increase the population of high school graduates who are college, career and community ready,” YUHSD Associate Superintendent Lisa Anderson said. “In addition, we hope it will encourage students to challenge themselves and take the most rigorous classes.”

YUHSD and Arizona Western College are in partnership for dual credit and concurrent enrollment opportunities for students, which include some of the aforementioned courses. Both opportunities are ways for students to get a head start on their post-secondary education before leaving high school.

According to a Columbia University Teachers College report entitled “Redefining Full-Time in College,” the more courses students take (and pass) and the sooner they do so, the more likely they are to graduate. Studies have shown that students who complete two college courses are far more likely to graduate than others.

“Students who pass these courses, and other concurrent or dual credit enrollment classes, have a college transcript with credits that YUHSD honors,” Anderson said. “These credits could also be eligible for transfer to another college or university.”

As an added benefit, AWC offers Early College Tuition, meaning students 18 years old and under can take AWC courses at $25 per credit hour.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org