In the city of Baltimore - if you fail 90% of your classes throughout high school, you are still at the top half of your class, MTO News has learned.
Project Baltimore - a special news unit of Sinclair Broadcast Group's Fox 45 News which investigates the Baltimore-Area Public Education system - has found possibly the worst school in the United States, and it's in Baltimore.
In that school, a student who passed just three classes in four years of high school, ranks near the top half of his class with a 0.13 grade point average.
Baltimore mother Tiffany France thought her son would receive his diploma this coming June. But after four years of high school, France just learned, her 17-year-old must start over. He’s been moved back to ninth grade.
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The school is Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts in west Baltimore. His transcripts show he’s passed just three classes in four years, earning 2.5 credits, placing him in ninth grade. But France says she didn’t know that until February.
She has three children and works three jobs. She thought her oldest son was doing well because even though he failed most of his classes, he was being promoted. His transcripts show he failed Spanish I and Algebra I but was promoted to Spanish II and Algebra II. He also failed English II but was passed on to English III.
In his four years at Augusta Fells, France’s son earned a GPA of 0.13. He only passed three classes, but his transcripts show his class rank is 62 out of 120. This means, nearly half his classmates, 58 of them, have a 0.13 grade point average or lower.