Throughout my two sons' years at their high school, we've had to deal with multiple and ongoing frustrations, particularly with some of their teachers. I don't want to turn this into one of those venting sessions, so I won't go into any of the past incidents except to single out the latest one.
My second son is finishing up his junior year in the IB program (in fact, today's his last set of final exams!). In one of his IB HL classes, he's in danger of dropping his grade from A- to B+ or worse all depends on how he does with his final exam. It's not that big a deal if the possibility of downgrade is due to the lack of his understanding of the course content. As far as the course content goes, though, he's been doing A+ work all semester. What brought his grade down steadily throughout the semester is the fact that the teacher decided to deduct points each time my son missed the class REGARDLESS of the reason why he missed the class. He missed this particular class when he went to the All State Honor Orchestra for three days, the National Honor Orchestra for four days and when he missed the class in order to take the AP exams and IB exams -- all with the prior notices. No other teachers practice this method of punishing the students for such valid reasons for missing their classes.
My son and other students did protest such method directly to the teacher but to no avail. A missed class means missed participation and the class participation weighs heavily in the course grading system. No other way around it. The same punishment for student-athletes who have to unavoidably miss the class in order to participate in the regional or state championships or whatever... Protesting such practice to the high school administrators is just a waste of time as they're there to always side with the teachers. These administrators deal with any parents as potential enemies, so I learned to just stay away and cut all communications even from starting. We only count the days until we're finally all done with this high school.
Has anyone dealt with anything similar to this and found an effective way to deal with such?