Dropping Courses

Ricardo Rodriguez, Editor

As the semester comes near an end, students have the opportunity to drop a class and replace it with some options listed outside the guidance office. They can replace it with a study hall, physical education classes and other classes that may interest them.

Senior, Kiessence Bassett decided to drop AP Statistics and replace it for women’s body sculpting. “I decided to drop AP Statistics because it was bringing my GPA down and it’s not necessarily required right now for me. It’s also something I can take with my A+ hours at MACC,” Bassett explained. “ So instead of doing AP Statistics, I decided to take women’s body sculpting because it was one of the only options available.”

Although there wasn’t many options for Bassett to choose from, she still thinks that women’s body sculpting can teach her something. “I think women’s body sculpting can teach me some personal lifestyle skills that I think are important,” said Bassett. “I think mindfulness is important, and I lost a lot of that taking AP Statistics just because it was so stressful for me personally.”

Many people have thought about dropping a class, but some have later decided to stay in the class that they wanted to drop. Sophomore, Dakota Salem has put thought into dropping Spanish 4, but then changed her mind and decided to stay.

“I planned on dropping Spanish 4 because I have a lot of other of AP and honors classes and it was just a lot of workload in that class. Then the workload with all my other classes were just piling up, and it was making it stressful because I didn’t want to lower my GPA because I couldn’t get the work finished,” Salem explained.

Even though it may was stressing out Salem, she decided to stay when she found out about something she could do that could benefit her while staying in that class. “I stayed because I found about the pass/ fail of classes and I thought it would be a good way to stay in that class because I liked it without it affecting my GPA,” Salem commented.

Leigh Spence who is the director of guidance sometimes advises students to not drop a class. “Quite often kids want to drop a class because they say its to hard or it’s to much work, but when we look at their grades, their grades are solid in there, and they’re just saying it’s to much work. So then we try to talk them through, and ask them questions. So we really encourage kids to stick with it,” Spence said.

There are several reasons why students drop classes, according to Spence. “Some reasons that student drop are that they have decided that they want to stay in class in this semester and that they were planning to do something different next semester. Sometimes it’s that their changing levels,” said Spence. But the majority of students who drop a class change it for a study hall.”

According to the guidance office, there were about 50 people who dropped a class this semester.