Academic Recognition Program
Started in 2017, the BFSC Academic Recognition Program was established out of the understanding that it can be difficult to maintain high standards in the classroom while being involved in activities outside the classroom. The program recognizes BFSC members that are excelling in the classroom while actively participating in the extracurricular activity of figure skating. Through this program, BFSC skaters (along with BISA hockey players) have the opportunity to have their name and accomplishment publicly recognized at Larson Ice Center.
The BFSC Academic Recognition Program, which can be accessed at the bottom of this page, contains program details. The program is explained further in the following Q & A:
Question: Who's eligible for recognition of their success in the classroom?
Answer: All skaters that are full/regular members of BFSC, and are enrolled in a school or homeschooling program in which an A/B/C/D/F or E/S+/S/N grading system is used.
Question: What type of recognition occurs?
Answer: Based on their grades for the most recent academic semester, students meeting the respective criteria are recognized as a Gold Scholar, Silver Scholar, or Bronze Scholar. One of the nice parts of the program is that the Brookings Ice Skating Association (BISA) has approved a very similar program in which hockey players are also recognized for their achievements in the classroom. A list of all figure skaters and hockey players being recognized is posted at Larson Ice Center following the first and second semesters each year.
Question: How do students qualify for each level of recognition?
Answer: A concerted effort has been made to keep the program as simple as possible. With this in mind, there are no GPAs involved, no complicated calculations, and +/- are not considered (an A+, A or A- are all considered to be an "A"). It's as simple as this:
Students receiving results under an A/B/C/D/F system:
Gold Scholar: All As
Silver Scholar: All As and Bs, with more As than Bs
Bronze Scholar: All Bs or higher; a C may be offset by two As (for example, a student receiving A/A/B/B/B/C would qualify since there are two As to offset the C)
Students receiving results under an E/S+/S/N system:
Gold Scholar: All Es
Silver Scholar: All Es and S+s
Bronze Scholar: All Ss or higher; an N may be offset by an S+ (or higher) (for example, a student receiving E/E/S+/S+/S/N would qualify since the N is offset by one of the S+s or Es)
Question: How do students or parents report their grades, and how is confidentiality of a student's grades maintained?
Answer: The system is completely self-reported on an honor system. That is, all the student or parent needs to do is send an email to the club's email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating which recognition level was achieved for the previous semester - specific grades do not need to be reported, and local schools are not involved in the reporting process. Just remember to send an email by February 1 for first semester results, and by July 1 for second semester results.