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Tip for moving kids from Irish secondary schools to American high schools

21 Aug

Get documentation, all official and stamped, of the non-exam subjects – Physical Education and Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E) – or else your student will have to take extra PE and take Health again.

And miss out on Art.

Because their schedule is full of PE and Health.  Because Irish schools don’t show “credits” for them.

(And yes, I did ask for “transcripts” from the Irish school, who went “Huh?” and gave me grades and letters.  But PE and SPHE aren’t graded.  So no “proof”. And God knows, America LOVES paperwork.  The more proof, the better.  I have an email sent to the former school in hopes they came come up with something official enough.  I think though we’re a bit SOL. *sigh*)

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3 Responses to “Tip for moving kids from Irish secondary schools to American high schools”

  1. Serena August 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Can you perhaps ask their PE and SPHE teachers to provide attendance records or some sort of stamped letter to say that they attended the full curriculum requirement of 2 hours PE per week and whatever hours SPHE per week for X many weeks? It sounds downright unreasonable!

    • phoebz4 August 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      I have requested “official documentation” from the Irish school. We’ll see what comes of that.

  2. phxross August 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    It cracks me up that proof of PE credits is such a big deal. I wish one of the administrators at the US school could say “common sense says if the took PE in Ireland we’re covered”.

    Years ago I worked at an alternative school for kids with behavioral issues. Part of my job was convincing Chicago Public Schools that the extensive shop project the student did, which took 3 mo, qualified as Shop class and Geometry. I sent them his written plans, measurements, and calculations and luckily they agreed that’s the basics of why kids take geometry! And someone at CPS was authorized to make the decision to approve these kind of negotiations / decisions.

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