Enfield school officials debate weight of honors classes - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Enfield school officials debate weight of honors classes

Posted: Updated:
Enfield school officials discuss honors classes (WFSB) Enfield school officials discuss honors classes (WFSB)

Massive changes could be coming to the Enfield school district, and it isn’t sitting well with parents.

Next year, both Enfield high schools will merge into one, but students and parents argue that a proposal meant to enhance the curriculum could hurt their chances at getting into college.

Under the proposal, honors classes would count the same as regular classes. The proposal also calls for the elimination class rank which would get rid of the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian.

“I want to be in the best place for college and these extra courses with the extra weight will help me tremendously,” said Enfield student Abigail Bosco, who will begin applying to college in one year, which is why she is taking a few advanced placement courses. “You just can't cut it into a high school career and say everything you worked for is being taken away now we're doing something new.”

The changes, according to the district, would bring the combined school in line with other New England schools.

“If the community doesn't want to support that we're OK with that but we wanted to make sure all the opportunities and saw the different ideas,” said Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann.

The district is also considering giving students an “eagle hour,” which means some students could trade some of their lunch periods for meeting with teachers.

“I like eagle hour a lot. It gets you closer with your teachers and it gives you time to relax during that day,” Bosco said.

No decisions were made on Tuesday night but school officials said they hope to by January.

Copyright 2015 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.