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Glen Rock 'College List' Shut Down

Students protested GRHS Principal John Arlotta's decision but the first-year principal says he needs to think about all students, not just the majority.

Their fears proved well founded – detailing where graduating Glen Rock seniors will be headed for higher education has met its end, according to a report in The Glen Rock Gazzette.

Principal John Arlotta told Patch in April that he'd fielded complaints from students and parents that the list published in The Echo hoists a sense of embarrassment onto students who did not get into their choice schools.

Students – led by its senior council representatives – protested Arlotta's plan, questioning if there were any students that did not support the publishing of the list. It's tradition, the students said, and should be honored.

Their protests were in vain, though, with Arlotta telling the paper "it's definite" the list won't appear in 2012.

"We have had a large group of students who disagree with not putting this in, banking on tradition," the first-year principal said in April. "The majority of students do want people to know where they're going but there are a small minority of students [who don't]. As a principal I have to think of those students too and not just the majority."

Arlotta said there was an option for students to detail where they're attending college in the legacy section, though a specific list isn't in the cards.

Student Council student rep Trisha Thadani, who led the student protests, did not respond to a request for comment.

Boyd A. Loving May 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM
The publication of such a list may also embarrass those parents who are unable to afford sending their child/children to "first choice" schools, or to any school for that matter.
Alfred Fredel May 07, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I think that this is a wise decision. With all the hyper competitive people out there, it does make perfect sense to have a little privacy for those students who are not happy with their college admission due to financial or performance issues. Let's not put more stress on our kids. Good luck Mr. Arlotta!
Big Brother May 07, 2012 at 01:05 PM
It's too bad that this administration has pretty much taken away the few perks that The Seniors had, namely, Senior Week, and, the college list. Hey- where is graduation being held? To the above point, why shield the kids from the real world( competition, disapointment, lack of privacy)? High School should be preparing them for "real life", well, welcome to the new normal. Btw, the majority of the kids know where the others are attending, it's not a big deal. If there can be announcements over the PA system during school stating where one of the kids got accepted, that's ok, just don't write it down?
JAFO May 22, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I'm sure some enterprising kid will create a blog or website where all the students can enter their college decision.
JAFO June 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Kudos to the administration at Montclair and the Montclair Patch who posted school choices (or career choices) for their graduating seniors. http://montclair.patch.com/articles/see-where-mhs-graduates-are-headed

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