Barrington School Committee to discuss BHS honors program tonight

Meeting will be held in middle school auditorium

Posted 5/19/22

Barrington school officials will offer an update on the honors program at Barrington High School during a meeting on Thursday night, May 19.

The meeting will be held at the Barrington Middle …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?


Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


Barrington School Committee to discuss BHS honors program tonight

Meeting will be held in middle school auditorium

Posted

Barrington school officials will offer an update on the honors program at Barrington High School during a meeting on Thursday night, May 19.

The meeting will be held at the Barrington Middle School auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

The update follows a series of changes with the honors program at Barrington High School. More than a year ago, school officials decided to eliminate some honors courses and instead offer an honors designation option. Officials said it was a necessary change, as it created more heterogenous classroom groupings and broke down barriers for some students. Many parents opposed the change, stating that students at BHS did not face barriers when enrolling in classes. They also cited other problems with the elimination of the honors classes and the implementation of the honors designation program. 

Earlier this year the district announced it was eliminating the honors designation option altogether, essentially removing any chance for honors in certain classes. 

That move was met with more criticism from parents, and in late March, Barrington High School Principal Joe Hurley announced the return of an honors distinction program, but re-worked from the prior offering. 

Hurley said school officials had discovered that the elimination of honors courses and honors distinction at Barrington High School would negatively impact students when they applied for merit scholarships.

“That was a game-changer,” he said.

School committee members ordered Hurley to return in May with his plan, clearly outlining how the re-worked honors program would function. 

The information is expected to discussed at tonight’s school committee meeting. 

2022 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Scott Pickering

Scott Pickering has been on the East Bay Media Group team for more than two decades, since starting as a reporter for the Sakonnet Times. He's been editor of most of the papers, was Managing Editor of all the papers for many years, and became General Manager in 2012. Today he can be found posting to EastBayRI.com, steering news coverage, writing editorials, talking to readers, working with the sales team, collaborating on design, or helping do whatever it takes to get the papers out the door. Reach him at spickering@eastbaymediagroup.com.