Seniors who don't graduate have options

SANDUSKY Graduation cap and gown? Check. Graduation party invitations? Check. Diploma? Not yet. An unfortunate reality
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Graduation cap and gown? Check. Graduation party invitations? Check. Diploma? Not yet.

An unfortunate reality check for some high school seniors is the last-minute notice that they aren't graduating.

For some students, their graduation depends on their performance on final exams, which is usually the last week of class for seniors.

This year, 25 of Sandusky High School's 250 seniors were told they wouldn't be graduating.

High school Principal Dan Poggiali said students don't graduate for a variety of reasons.

"Some of those kids just weren't attending. They could've made it, but just stopped attending," he said.

"Some were on the bubble, but just didn't get it done in their final exams. There were several who just need to pass one class."

Poggiali said not graduating isn't the end of the road for students. The district and outside agencies offer a variety of options.

Sandusky students need 21 credits to graduate. Some students only miss that minimum by a few credits.

For students needing to repeat an entire class or classes, summer school in the district or at EHOVE is an option.

Students can also enroll in the district's adult education program that offers similar courses for credit or they can skip the high school diploma and enroll in the GED classes through adult education at the high school.

A newer standardized test, the Ohio Graduation Test, is also throwing a wrench in some students' graduation plans.

The class of 2007 was the first class that was required to pass the OGT in order to graduate.

"We had four seniors who did not pass the OGT exams," Poggiali said. "They have the option of taking that test again."

To take the test again in July, students must complete 10 hours of OGT tutoring.

Poggiali said the most important thing for students to do is show up.

"In most cases if the student is here every day and doing the work, the teachers will bend over backwards to try to get them through," he said.

According to the last district report card, the high school had a graduation rate of 70 percent for the 2004-05 school year.

During the last 10 years, graduation rates have fluctuated at Sandusky High, dipping to 66 percent and peaking at 83 percent in 2002.