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Gap years helps students thrive before and during college

Joe Earles, Writer

January 31, 2019

In just four months, Grady’s seniors will step onto the graduation stage and out of high school. For the first time in the lives of the class of 2019, we’ll be let free to pursue higher education and careers. Leaving high school is a thrilling time, but this isn’t a transition that comes without fear. Ironic as it may seem, the fear of failure always comes with this ability to fi...

Gap years: unproductive, costly, and unworthy of time

Kiki Soto, Comment Managing Editor

January 31, 2019

Only about 1.2 percent of college freshmen chose to take a gap year before college, according to a 2012 study by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. This means that almost 99 percent of graduating seniors pursuing higher education decided to start their higher education directly after graduating high school. The financial burden, loss of educational momentum, ...

Class ranking provides unnecessary stress and competition between students

October 8, 2018

Sitting in advanced placement classes, walking the crowded hallways, playing in the big game or debating in a big tournament, they are among us: the top stu...

Class ranking should be readily available for students to view

October 8, 2018

Class ranking should be readily available for high school students. During my three years at Grady, students have easily requested their transcripts on...

Shortened fall break is necessary to maintain momentum after first quarter

September 5, 2018

Like my peers, I am thrilled to receive a full week off from school after a very long first quarter, but a week-long, fall break in October is very disru...

Longer summer vacation not worth losing benefits of weeklong fall break

September 5, 2018

Summer break has once again come to an end, and just like every year, Atlanta Public Schools students have to endure the pain of being in school while ...

New final exam schedule creates more conflict for students than advantages

Anna Tischer

May 5, 2018

Students may be celebrating the new policy to dismiss at 12:30 p.m. after their morning finals this week, but Grady and Atlanta Public Schools would have better served students by keeping the traditional schedule of two finals staggered throughout the day and two classes in between each for safety, equity and time management. Although the early dismissal appears to give students more t...

New final exam schedule allows for more benefits to students than disadvantages

Josh Wolfe

May 1, 2018

Along with many of my peers, I am thrilled that I am no longer spending wasteful hours in school after completing two final exams each day this week. Recently, the Atlanta Public Schools district made the change for the new final exam schedule that allows students to leave school at 12:30 p.m. In the end of the first semester, I had survived the long hours and had just finished ...

Student should be able to get food off campus

February 12, 2018

Principal Dr. Betsy Bockman sounded onto the announcements on Feb. 1 to inform the student body that the administration plans to build a fence around ...

Students should not be able to leave for lunch

February 12, 2018

I love a good Cookout milkshake as much as the next guy, but leaving school to go get it is where I draw the line. Leaving campus to get food during scho...

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