Heritage updates exemption policy

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The 2022-2023 school year has seen many changes such as the introduction of the platform Schoology and a new exam schedule. Recently, Heritage also updated their exemption policy for both midterms and finals. 

Students must now achieve at least an A- average based on their actual percentage grades. 

For the past few years, exemption has been based on the actual letter grade rather than the exact number. For example, students who received an A- and B+ as their final quarter grades could exempt their exams — even if their percentage did not average over 89.5.

According to vice principal, Mr. Osmel Rodriguez, the decision to switch to percentages is not a new idea. “In years past, we used percentages, but the old system [Google Classroom and MyBackpack] made it laborious to calculate this. With the new system of Schoology and Skyward being able to do this automatically, we can now go back,” he said. 

The administration has no plans on switching back to the previous letter-based policy.

Irene, now a senior at American Heritage, returns to staff as the Online-Editor-in-Chief for her third and final year with the Patriot Post. She loves all things literature and spends most of her time with her nose in a book. Her passion for writing started early, and she is currently the co-president of the Quill and Scroll Society. When she is not studying or writing articles for the wonderful iPatriotPost, she enjoys volunteering and helping lead a multitude of clubs at Heritage. Since 2014, she has worked alongside Best Buddies, an organization that advocates for inclusivity for those with intellectual and physical disabilities. As a co-founder and current board member of the South Florida Best Buddies Student Advisory Board, she plans fundraisers and service projects, including the annual Friendship Walk, which raised almost $300,000. She looks forward to making this year special and as amazing as possible.