Fort Bend ISD encourages all students to pursue their areas of special talents and interests in order to enrich their academic achievement. To foster continued student participation in these classes, juniors and seniors will be allowed to participate in third and fourth years of certain courses that will be exempt from counting in grade point averages (GPA). This new policy begins with our 2013-2014 freshman class.
“We have worked collaboratively to develop this new option,” said Dr. Christie Whitbeck, Deputy Superintendent. “We believe it will allow high academic achieving students the option to remain involved in their extra-curricular programs without being penalized on their grade point average. We are focused on providing avenues for our students to remain well-rounded and exposed to the arts and athletics. This will begin with the graduating class of 2017.”
Courses that will offer GPA-exempt classes include: advanced journalism, agriculture (FFA), athletics (excluding PE), band, cheerleading, choir, color guard, debate, dance team, oral interpretation, orchestra and theatre.
For more information, please visit the website at fortbendisd.com. A brochure on GPA-exempt courses for 2014-2015 with questions and answers can be found on the Curriculum Department webpage.
More information will be shared during the upcoming course selection process where parents and students can get answers to their specific questions.
Students and parents are encouraged to speak with their counselor about their specific course selections as part of the course selection process.