Class rank must be abolished at Hamden High School. The entire system is flawed. Based on recent decisions, the administrators charged with fixing it are only making the system worse.
The issue of class rank at Hamden High became an acute concern in June when we, 11th graders at the time, discovered a problem using our grade point average calculator. We immediately gathered a group of worried students to meet with school administrators to point out the detrimental effect this would have on class rank. GPA, the determinant of class rank, would be heavily impacted by whether students took required gym classes during the school year or the summer. For students in honors and AP level classes, gym can bring their GPA down. For other students, a good grade in gym can help their GPA. But gym does not factor into GPA at all for students who take it over the summer.