Lack of school transcript could hold student from graduating

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A local high school senior may not graduate on time because her parents cannot get her transcript records from her former private school, her parents said.
 
Michael Scott and Kimmberly Scott showed Channel 9 the report cards from their daughter's former school, Oasis Performing Arts, a private school on West Boulevard.
 
Their daughter Tyeshia Scott transferred in November from Oasis to North Mecklenburg High School, where she is a senior.
 
In order for their daughter to graduate, she has to fulfill Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' graduation requirements and the district relies on proof of a transcript.
 
"I don't want her to be ready to graduate and all of a sudden she doesn't have the classes, credits she needs to graduate," Michael Scott said.
 
And that could happen.
 
The Scotts said they've been waiting since last year for Oasis to send the transcript to North Mecklenburg.
 
"I keep reaching out, trying to see what is going on, why she hasn't sent her transcript but still, I get no response," Kimmberly Scott said.
 
The Division of Non-Public Education told Channel 9 via email, "There is no requirement that private schools must keep transcripts" or "for the private school to send transcripts" and that each private school develops its own record-keeping policy.
 
Channel 9 asked the school about the policy Friday.
 
Rev. Cynthia Williams, who runs Oasis Performing Arts, would not talk with Channel 9 on camera, but did through a speaker call system at the front of the school.
 
Williams said her school does keep student transcript records, but so far the Scotts have not seen them. They said CMS has been requesting the information from Oasis, too.
 
"I wouldn't have put her there if I would have known that they didn't have to keep records or transcripts," Kimmberly Scott said.
 
She hopes the situation will serve as an example to other families.
 
CMS said it deals with these situations on a case-by-case basis and that it is up to parents to make sure the transcript gets to the new school.
 
Officials at Oasis told Channel 9 they would send the transcript Friday but by late afternoon the Scotts have not seen it.

 

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