It is very important that you go to all your classes and attend as many elective classes as possible. Not only will this accelerate your learning experience but it will help keep your attendance in check.
Attendance is defined as being present for the regularly scheduled class during the regularly scheduled hours. The Philadelphia English Language Institute expects students to attend all scheduled classes.
Poor attendance (and lateness) hinders students’ ability to assimilate the subject matter and may result in failing grades. We monitor attendance closely. Students are required to attend at least 75% of the scheduled class time for the program in which they enrolled to meet graduation requirements.
Teachers record attendance daily. Late arrival, late return from breaks, late returns from lunch, and early departure all impact daily attendance and contributes to the attendance figure recorded by the instructor. The final attendance figure marked each day is expressed in quarter-hours units. Absences of 7 to 15 minutes are all recorded as quarter-hour absences from classes.
2. Lateness and Early Departures
Regular class attendance for all scheduled hours is vital to academic success. Tardiness and early departures are recorded for attendance purposes. They are strongly discouraged as they can be disruptive to the learning environment, and they affect a student’s attendance record. Students with repeated lateness or early departure may be placed on attendance probation.
3. Attendance Warning and Probation Procedures
A student may request to study additional hours. Any student who must make up more than 35% of the hours in any course or month, will be immediately referred to the Program Director for advising in person. Because depending upon his/her attendance in other portions of the program, such a student may be at risk of termination for falling below 75% attendance overall (thus requiring more than 15% remedial classes, which is not allowed). All such students immediately receive written attendance warning letters.
The first time a student falls below the 75% attendance requirement at an assessment point, he/she will receive an attendance warning letter. If his/her attendance does not reach the 80% goal by the end of the next assessment point, he/she will be replaced on attendance probation and remain on probation until the end of the following assessment period. At that time, if his/her attendance has not reached the 75% goal, he/she will be placed on final attendance probation until the end of the next assessment period. Failure to achieve 75% goal by the end of that next assessment period may result in termination from school.
This three-step process may be repeated as needed If the student fails to return to good standing at the end of an attendance warning or attendance probation period but later fall below the 75% attendance requirement.
The Program Director has the discretion to make exceptions to this policy in extenuating circumstances, and his/her decision is final.
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