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Anduinel
04-14-2009, 02:52 AM
Something I've been wondering about...

If a student is forced to suddenly transfer schools very late in the year -- say March or April of a school term for US public school with a typical August/September - May/June year -- how does this affect his transfer to the next grade up? Does his old school give him an early final? Are his new teachers expected to make accommodations to their finals? Or is he just SOL and stuck with summer classes?

psychonaut
04-14-2009, 03:24 AM
I'm sure this will depend entirely on the rules of the school district into which you are transferring. It would help if you indicated this.

acetylene
04-14-2009, 03:30 AM
This happens occasionally (Chemistry and Computer Science teacher here).

Their old school district will forward their grades. Then you interview the student and possibly call their old teacher to find out what specifically they have learned so far. Try to fill in the missing material to get them caught up with your class. It may be a lot of work for the student, but usually they seem to fit right in.

And yes, they are expected to take my final if they are in my class. If they transferred too late in the year (say late May) and it is determined that they haven't learned enough, then the guidance counselor won't even put them in my class.

acetylene
04-14-2009, 03:31 AM
Slight hijack, but it's 3:30 in the morning where I am. All three of us are online. Why aren't we asleep?

Anduinel
04-14-2009, 03:45 AM
I'm sure this will depend entirely on the rules of the school district into which you are transferring. It would help if you indicated this.

This is entirely late-night curiosity and I'm long past the age of needing to worry about such things for myself. Generalities are fine. ;)

Slight hijack, but it's 3:30 in the morning where I am. All three of us are online. Why aren't we asleep?

Only 12:43 here. The night is still young, or something. ;)

Thanks very much for the response. I always figured it wasn't too hard to come in at the beginning of the year, or even a few months in, but it seemed like it would be a much bigger PITA for all parties the other way around.

psychonaut
04-14-2009, 05:58 AM
Slight hijack, but it's 3:30 in the morning where I am. All three of us are online. Why aren't we asleep?Because it's not 3:30 in the morning where I am.

Drygon
04-14-2009, 08:22 AM
I've had the pleasure (:rolleyes:) of having to change schools at the end of the school year 3 times.

In first grade I hated my new teacher (I think it had something to do with some candy rewards the other kids got and I didn't because I hadn't been there all year or something) so I just clammed up and refused to speak with her. She told my parents and the guidance counselor that I needed to be held back. I still don't like that woman.

In the 4th grade I moved to PA during the last 3 weeks of classes. This wasn't such a big deal as my other school had one week remaining when I left. I think I mostly sat around and read or drew pictures. This did affect me in 5th grade, however, because I hadn't learned any Pennsylvania history or geography in the years previous, I had to meet with my 4th grade teacher after school to learn everything the other kids already knew. I felt stupid and decided to never feel that way again.

My Sophomore year of high school I moved to VA from GA with a month and a half left. The biggest problem here was I was moving from a 4x4 block (4 classes per semester, so 8 classes over the year) to an AB block (7 classes a year, 1st 3rd 5th and 7th classes on odd days, 1st 2nd 4th and 6th classes on even days). So I basically got stuffed into a whole bunch of electives since I had already finished my Math, English, and History classes the first semester. They were a little more ahead in my Science class, but I was able to catch up thanks to a very patient teacher.

Basically, moving late in the semester sucks. It's one of the worst things my parents did (and they feel horrible about it still), but I guess they didn't have a choice.