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Merits points for ranks at Rodriguez Prep

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Rodriguez Prep Academy students wear badges that do more than identify them.

The program allows students to move up ranks and earn a variety of privileges by compiling merits for doing well in school.

“It is a form of acknowledging and awarding students who over achieve,” said RPA Principal Randy Clyde.

The Merit (Meeting Expectations and Realizing Individual Talent) System has been around since the school started in 2008. There are different levels or ranks you can move up, according to the California School Personnel Commissioners Association.

The advances are based on military ranks, which makes sense for a school named after Congressional Medal of Honor winner Col. Joseph C. Rodriguez. The first promotion starts at corporal, moves through sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major and colonel and tops out at general.

The school’s Merit System visibly notches their successes in behavior, attendance and grades. Students also get merits for participating in after-school activities such as sports and clubs.

RPA fifth-grade teacher Fritz Ward said, “The badge reflects your rank and provides a reward for students for attendance, behavior, participation, and extra curricular activities.”

Reaching certain ranks gets students new rank stickers or new badges. Having these badges helps for several different reasons. The  badges help to easily identify students. They also serve as symbols of student success.

Mr. Clyde said the badges help to ” identify you and there’s a faster lunch process” as students line up for the lunch periods.

Students are encouraged to wear their badges at all times on campus. Students who leave their badges at home or forget to wear them get lunch detention if they fail to show their badges.

Then RPA seventh-grader Aruna Steig said, ” It’s a good thing cause it teaches students responsibility.”

With a new badge you also get bragging rights and receive special privileges such as cutting ahead in the lunch line or trips to the library or computer lab.

 

 

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