San Diego school meets backlash after attempt to cut honors courses

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Patrick Henry High School in San Diego recently restored honors classes and implemented an “Honors For All” system after the school attempted to cut their advanced classes for equity reasons.

Parents and students protested the decision for many reasons, including holding back advanced students from reaching their full potential. 

“We also recognize that we have students and parents who have concerns about the direction we’re going,” principal of Patrick Henry High School Michelle Irwin said. “Therefore we’re going to pause a little bit and get more input from parents, as well as students, because we do want to make this a collaborative effort.”

Advanced courses have undergone many changes in recent years including colleges acceptance of AP credit.

I get the promotion of greater inclusivity,” honors and AP history teacher Jennifer Harrington said. “There’s sometimes where I wish we just completely did away with the honors and AP designation.”