Des Moines High School To Stop Listing Class Rank

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A West Des Moines private high school will stop listing students' class rank, joining many other schools across the country amid worries the information can hurt students' chances of enrolling in the university of their choice.

The Des Moines Register reports Dowling Catholic High School has joined about two dozen other Iowa high schools in eliminating class rank.

Tom Shively, an academic counselor at Dowling, says the school's seniors can fall into the bottom 50 percent of their class if their grade point average is less than 3.56. Officials say it can be a black mark on otherwise impressive transcripts.

Iowa's three public universities use a formula for automatic admission that includes class rank. But across the country, a student's ranking has become a smaller part of college admissions.

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