Grade change controversy reported at nearby private school

Sophie Haber

Due to a controversy regarding grade changes at The Buckley School, independent investigators will look in to what Buckley’s board of trustees calls “an isolated incident of grade changes,” according to a segment Wednesday night on NBC LA News.

It is unknown whether the incident will affect Buckley students’ admission into college, the report said.

The Chronicle reached out to Buckley students for comment, but they were told that they are not allowed to make official statements.

Upper School Dean Adam Howard ’93 said that the school has systems in place that work to prevent similar incidents from happening on campus.

“It’s unacceptable in our community and I’m sure it doesn’t happen,” Howard said.

Grade changes at Harvard-Westlake have to be initiated by a teacher, and the teacher then has to inform Upper School Registrar Virginia Schroeder in writing of the change, Howard said. Schroeder is the only person at the school who can make a grade change.

“It’s a very internal process,” Schroeder said. “I’m the person who’s just turning the gears so to speak.”

Although there is no official grade change policy in the Parent-Student Handbook, Schroeder said that grades are only changed if a teacher miscalculated the grade or if the student turned in late assignments.

“It’s not about changing a grade afterwards,” Schroeder said. “It’s about recalculating what’s fair for a student.”