A stunning discovery was made at a Baltimore high school, where hundreds of students are failing classes. It is reportedly a school where a student who passed just three classes in four years now ranks near the top half of the his class with an all-star G.P.A. of 0.13, according to WHAM.
Tiffany France was under the impression that her son would receive his diploma this upcoming June, but after four years of high school, France just learned that her 17-year-old must start the whole process over again.
As a result, he has been moved back to the ninth grade after failing miserably.
“He’s stressed and I am too. I told him I’m probably going to start crying. I don’t know what to do for him,” France said. “Why would he do three more years in school? He didn’t fail, the school failed him. The school failed at their job. They failed. They failed, that’s the problem here. They failed. They failed. He didn’t deserve that.”
France’s son attends Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts in west Baltimore. Though his transcripts have expressly communicated that her son only passed three classes in four years, earning a whopping 2.5 credits, France says that her son did not know any of this until February.
France reportedly has three children and works three jobs. Though her son was failing out of his classes, she thought he was still doing well because he was constantly being promoted. His transcripts showed that he failed Spanish I and Algebra I but was being moved on to Spanish II and Algebra II. He also managed to fail English II but was passed on to English III, according to the outlet.
“I’m just assuming that if you are passing, that you have the proper things to go to the next grade and the right grades, you have the right credits,” said France.
It is strange that France never once took personal responsibility for the way her son was performing in school, letting in no clue that she was staying on him about his grades and checking in to see how he was doing.
Her son’s records revealed that in his first three years at August Fells, he failed 22 classes and was late or absent 272 days—facts that would not permit the passing of any student. But in those three years, only one teacher allegedly requested a parent conference, which France says never happened. France blamed the school for not informing her of what was going, though what was doing on was printed on her son’s report cards.
“I feel like they never gave my son an opportunity, like if there was an issue with him, not advancing or not progressing, that they should have contacted me first, three years ago,” said France.
Not only did France blame the school, but it appears that her son is not the only one who is performing dismally. France’s son ranks 62 out of 120 students at the school, with a 0.13 G.P.A.
“He’s a good kid. He didn’t deserve that. Where’s the mentors? Where is the help for him? I hate that this is happening to my child,” said France.
The administrator noted that City Schools failed because it has protocols in place in order to help students who are falling behind, making the City School system responsible for half the student at Augusta Fells, who are constantly failing and/or missing class altogether.
“I get angry. There’s nothing but frustration. We see on the news the crime that occurs, the murders, the shootings, we know that there are high levels of poverty in Baltimore. Things like this are adding to that. His transcript is not unusual to me. I’ve seen many transcripts, many report cards, like this particular student,” said the City Schools administrator.
“He feels embarrassed, he feels like a failure,” France said of her son. “I’m like, you can’t feel like that. And you have to be strong and you got to keep fighting. Life is about fighting. Things happen, but you got to keep fighting. And he’s willing, he’s trying, but who would he turn to when the people that’s supposed to help him is not? Who do he turn to?”
France has since pulled her son from Augusta Fells and put him into an accelerated school program at Francis M. Wood in west Baltimore. Assuming he is able to keep up with the work, he could graduate by 2023, according to the outlet.