In our particular school system we have in place an exit exam for all of our students called the graduation exam. A student can pass all of her core classes and fail any one part of this exam and not graduate. They must pass the Math, English, Science, Reading, and History portions of the test. They begin taking this exam at the beginning of their sophomore year. Danielle had passed all but the History portion of her test and last November took it with only two more chances to pass it. We learned yesterday that she did not pass the test.
For some reason, and we think it is due to her seizures in some way (and so does her doctor), Danielle has had a problem testing using the scan-tron testing method for the past couple of years. This is the method for this particular exam and it can’t be changed. She barely passed her Science portion of the test due to this. Now she has had to make a very tough choice. Stay in school this semester, take the grad exam once more, and try to pass or withdraw and home-school for this semester and graduate through Creekside Academy (a home-school covering at our church). Home-school does not require an exit exam.
Though the test is offered once more for her, Danielle has decided to withdraw and finish through homeschool. Please pray for her and this decision. It has taken some of the pressure off as far as the exam is concerned, however, she is worried about not walking across the stage in May with all of her friends whom she has gone to school with all of her life. In ten years that may not matter, but for now, it’s a tough choice for her.
Danielle is strong. She will survive this and go on to get her diploma. She can still go to college if she wants. She will even have an experience that most students don’t. Her dad will get to present her with her diploma.
We are trying to look at the blessings of this and she is much stronger about it than her mom and dad. Please pray for her and us.