MILLEDGEVILLE — The number of credits required for a Baldwin High School diploma will be lowered beginning with the Class of 2014.
The Baldwin County school board recently approved a plan to reduce the number of units needed for a diploma at Baldwin High School. The move is geared toward boosting the local graduation rate and helping students graduate on time.
The number remains in line with state requirements and more closely aligns with other surrounding school systems.
“We haven’t lowered the standards; we’re still at the highest level we can be at. We’re trying to make sure our students achieve to their highest potential and graduate on time by staying within the guidelines that the state has mandated; not what Baldwin High School has mandated,” said Dr. Jessica Swain, BHS principal. “We have to be more savvy with what we’re doing. Our objective is to give our students opportunities to graduate in their fourth year by meeting all of the specific requirements.”
The Georgia Department of Education requires students to earn a minimum of 23 course credits in order to graduate. The Baldwin County Board of Education unanimously approved the school’s proposal to lower the number of credits needed to graduate from 28 credits to the state’s minimum during the September school board meeting.
“I think it makes it much easier for seniors to graduate on time. They won’t be up against as much pressure when it was 28 units compared to the 23 units now. Overall it will improve our graduation rate, and I think that was the way to go,” said Dr. Gloria Wicker, District 1 school board member. “Children will still have to pass required state courses in order to receive their diploma. I’m very pleased with us doing this and wish we did this even sooner.”