A new weighting system for honors and AP courses is planned for Lebanon High School next year.

After year-long round table discussions and studies, the LHS Action Group has nearly completed its plan to adjust how courses will be weighted. The hope is to start the new plan with the 2008-2009 school year. The proposal could be presented to the Lebanon Community School Board for a vote as early as its March meeting.

LHS Principal Kevin O’Rourke said the need for the revamp stems from the school’s expansion of the number of weighted courses taught at the school since the system was set in the late 1980s.

“The system was good back then when we had a more limited number of honors courses,” O’Rourke said. “But now we’re having students graduating with a 5.0, or we have students who have a 4.0, but would really be a 3.0, thinking they can handle anything in college because of their GPA.”

So far, the action group has proposed three weight tiers for the high school’s honors courses:

n Tier one - Diploma track courses, no weight.

n Tier two - Honors courses, .5 weight per semester.

n Tier three - AP and ACP courses, 1.0 weight per semester.

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