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Save Honors and AP Classes in the Roseville Joint Union High School District!

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AP and Honors classes are being taken away from our children.

AP and Honors courses provide the academic rigor our students need to be successful in high school, college, and the future. As grade weighted courses, they also provide an opportunity for students to raise their GPA (A - 5 pts, B - 4pts, C - 3pts) to successfully compete during the college admissions process.

Last year, Granite Bay High School cut AP Chemistry and Honors Chemistry.

This year, the Roseville Joint Union High School District (RJUHSD) cut Honors Pre-Calculus for all schools.

This year, Granite Bay High School eliminated the grade weighted advantage from Honors Spanish 4, Honors French 4, and IB Math SL-1.

What's next?

The justification for removing these courses is not known.

Efforts to obtain a written explanation have been unsuccessful.

Loss of AP and Honors courses have the following detrimental effects:

  • decrease academic rigor and student academic development
  • inadequate preparation for subsequent coursework
  • decrease in our students' overall GPA
  • inadequate preparation for STEM fields
  • loss of opportunity to successfully pass the Advanced Placement Exams for mastery and college credit
  • placing our children at a competitive disadvantage as they attempt to gain admission to college. This is particularly true as consideration of SAT and ACT test scores is no longer permitted in the California UC and CSU school systems

Many of us moved to this area because of the excellent schools; we find the rapid decline in standards deeply concerning.

We want ALL children to have the option to pursue challenging AP and Honors coursework if they desire.

THEREFORE, in the interest of protecting our students, we respectfully petition the Roseville Joint Union High School District (RJUHSD) Board and schools within its jurisdiction (including Granite Bay High School, Oakmont High School, Woodcreek High School, Roseville High School, West Park High School, Antelope High School, Independence High School, and Adelante High School) to do the following:

1. Stop any further plans to eliminate honors courses within the RJUHSD system;

2. Restore all Honors and AP coursework removed in the last 3 years;

3. Provide a detailed written explanation as to why each Honors and AP course was removed;

4. Order RJUHSD staff to publish any future proposed changes to the Honors/AP course curriculum transparently, for a period of public review, so students, parents, and guardians have an opportunity to review the proposed changes and justification for those changes.

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