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Message from the Founder and Chairman
- May 6, 2020
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Yorktown Education School Update
Dear Yorktown Community,
It has come to my attention that some parents are not sure how our personalized education system assesses students. We educate to the highest standards available for each student’s age and ability. Our view is that our courses, including college classes as well, are equal to or better than the highest level available at other high schools.
Yorktown provides education at a personalized pace, so every student can maximize his or her achievement. This means the vast majority of students proceed at faster paces and achieve higher levels of learning than at traditional schools. The academic level of Yorktown students is generally higher than traditional schools for the same age children. For example, we had a 14-year-old student transferred to a large suburban North Texas ISD (for reasons not related to Yorktown) with a transcript that ranked the student at the top of the ISD’s junior class, that is, with students who are two years older, and the Texas ISD was not happy about it.
We do not rank students against each other; it would be silly to because each student has their personal schedule and classes. Traditional schools rank because grades become inflated to the point of no differentiation, with additional grade point bonuses for Honors, AP, or college classes, so state governments moved to require rankings.
The completion of mastery required in a course is based on total points. Students must earn 70% of the points for a C, 80% of the points for a B, and 90% of the points for an A; furthermore, the speed with which the points are earned depends on the student’s pace. There are no plus or minus grades in the Yorktown System.
A class may have, for example, 25 points for class discussion + 25 points for a project or paper + 20 points for a midterm + 30 points for a final test = 100 points. If students want to maximize points and improve their grade, they are given the opportunity to earn additional points after remediation takes place. Students at Yorktown earn their grades.
After talking to both staff and parents about the school’s COVID-19 strategies, all agree that our students have done an excellent job under very difficult conditions, with most finishing classes early.
All regular classes are complete and will end on Thursday, May 14th at noon, except high school Biology and high school Chemistry. The following week of May 18 to May 22 may be used to turn in rework or extra credit for classes. Students should consult with the specific course teacher.
If your student has Biology or Chemistry, these courses will be the only class they have from May 18 to May 29th. Chemistry is scheduled to end on May 22nd. Our summer school experience shows that a half-year of work can be done in two weeks with a diligent effort, but as Mr. Sweet’s little girl said, “It’s all math, all day, all the time.”
Also, if a student wishes to improve their grade in any class, he or she may sign up for a week or more of summer school. They can do extra work, learn more material, and thereby earn the points to improve their grade. We know that in-person instruction is better than the remote instruction, especially for younger students.
The ability to have in-person instruction this summer can make up for any shortcomings from the remote program.
I hope this helps everyone understands where the school and students are in their classwork. As always, just let us know.
Chairman and Founder, Yorktown Education