Nine students in the Bronx will get to continue the magical, unforgettable ride that is high school, despite not wanting to continue the magical, unforgettable ride that is high school. Thanks to a bureaucratic snafu, a bunch of really psyched seniors at Performance Conservatory High School, who had already updated their Facebooks and everything, will not be graduating as planned.
Some students were informed they were missing credits because they’d been wrongly placed in classes they’d already completed. Others were told that credits they’d earned in previous summer school sessions wouldn’t count. The kicker, of course, is that the students were only told about this, at the earliest, the night before the graduation ceremony. Others didn’t hear the news until that morning. So, before receiving high school diplomas and moving on to gaining fifteen pounds, posing for pictures with red plastic cups and majoring in a major that won’t make them any money, these students will have to make up their missing credits over the summer.
The Performance Conservatory, previously known as The Bronx High School for Performance and Stagecraft, is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s small high school reform initiative, and it’s performed so poorly over the past few years that there’s now a plan in place that would see it closed (or “phased out”) by 2014.