Graduation requirements for the Campbell Union High School District could change in the coming years.
At a May 4 meeting, the governing board and superintendent Robert Bravo discussed aligning the school’s graduation requirements with entry requirements for freshmen attending a University of California or California State University school.
The district is considering requiring students to take more math, science and foreign language or art courses over their four years of high school to get a diploma. The UC system’s “A-G subject requirements” were pitched to the school board as an example of ways to better prepare students for entry-level college courses.
To be admitted to a UC school, students now must take three courses in mathematics, two years of a foreign language, two years of history and social studies and two years of science.
Campbell district students must complete four years of English, two years of mathematics, two years of science, three years of social studies and one year in visual or performing arts, or a foreign language. Students must complete two years of physical education.
While 44 percent of the district’s high school graduates last year completed the A-G requirements, 74 percent enrolled in a vocational school, two-year or four-year college.
Mary Streshly, assistant superintendent of educational services, told the board that students who do not complete the A-G requirements often find themselves taking remedial courses while in college and slowing their track to a timely college graduation.
A few board members had concerns about implementing new requirements. Some said the…
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