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Class Rank No More?

The importance of class rank and GPA is nowhere near as important as it used to be and some schools are even beginning to get rid of it (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to StockSnap).

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to StockSnap

The importance of class rank and GPA is nowhere near as important as it used to be and some schools are even beginning to get rid of it (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to StockSnap).

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At Brashier, high expectations are put on students when it comes to academics. By doing this, a student’s GPA naturally rises with their grades, and when that GPA rises their ranking should go down. However, this is not always the case, so if the ranking system is not as simple as is seems then should it be put into place in schools? Are they as important as they seem?

“Although I work really hard and do well, such a high ranking is not a make it or break it deal to me because I know how hard I have worked towards my goals,” said junior Brianna Hammersmith.

Class ranking is a representation of grades, not the effort that is put into those grades. Some students are able to do well in classes and raise their GPA and t class rank with little to no effort.

“Certain students that are naturally gifted rise to the top even though they may not work as hard as other students that are capped at a lower rank even though [those students] may be working harder at their grades,” said sophomore Enoch Orozco.

Some high schools have even stopped using class rank since they have come to understand that many factors can affect a student’s GPA. Some of these factors include the way teachers teach the same subject and how they grade assignments, the effort put into classes by each student, and the different classes that each student takes during high school.

“I know students at other schools who had teachers that didn’t care as much about their classes and didn’t grade as harshly. This can show that hard work can really pay off, but another student may be doing much better while putting in half the effort that I have,” said sophomore Natalia DeRosa.

Another major factor that is affecting the decision of these high schools is that some students have the same GPA or one that is so similar that ranking the students becomes extremely difficult.

“My GPA was only .03 points away from my friends but we were ranked twelve spots away from each other,” said sophomore from J.L. Mann High School Max Stuckert.

Students are often extremely stressed by the fact that their high GPA may not be good enough for colleges that they are seeking to apply.

“My GPA often does stress me out when applying to colleges, but I always think about the extracurriculars I do that can help me get into colleges I apply for,” said senior Tripp Neal.

However, colleges are beginning to look at different elements of a student life than just their grades because they want more well-rounded students, not just students who only care about their grades. Some of these other elements are extracurriculars, such as sports and clubs.

“My class ranking may not be as high as I would like it to be, but with the other activities I do involving the school, I am not as worried about applying to colleges,” said Stuckert.

In all, class ranking is not as important as it used to be. Many schools are getting rid of it all together and colleges are not as focused on it. Students are even beginning to understand that it is not a defining part of their high school career.

“A number doesn’t represent or identify someone but we should still work hard and make the most out of our classes for a better future,” said Derosa.

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