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The raised GPA helps to prepare the students for college success as well as the NCAA requirements some will have to face after high school. KHIS Principal Pauline Masaniai believes the new rule will motivate students to set higher goals and work to achieve them.
KHIS Athletic Director Gillian Yamagata handled grade checks in the '80's when Albert raised the GPA. Yamagata said, "It's a lot of works on our end but it improves kids' eligibility for college. I've seen evidence that raising the bar like we did, works."
In addition to the teacher grade checks occurring every two weeks, other plans are in progress to support the students as they move forward to achieve the new standards. Included, is a new daily study-hall period where teachers are available for individual support after school twice a week. Teachers and volunteers from Brigham Young University-Hawaii will also be on campus to provide general support and help with homework three times a week.
When asked if this new rule could possibly hurt the athletic teams, Masaniai believes it will only help them by allowing the students to tap into their full potential as scholar athletes who will be ready for their next steps in life.
"We owe it to our students to help them prepare for the avenues they choose to pursue after high school, whether a four-year college, junior college or tech school. We're confident that our students will meet the new standards with the support of our teachers and parents," Masaniai stated.
More than 80 percent of the students enrolled are student-athletes.