By requiring BHS students to complete requirements exceeding the state’s mandate, students who may fail a class or two can lose hope of graduating.
“We were hurting ourselves by offering five credits more than the state. We’re not cutting any state mandated course work,” said Dr. Jeremy Dockery, BHS assistant principal. “With reducing the number of credits, it allows students to stumble without falling and still graduate on time.”
Students can still earn a maximum of 32 course credits, or eight credits per school year. In order to graduate starting this school year, students must earn a minimum of 23 credits specifically outlined by the state’s requirement and participate in any required state testing.
“One major misconception is that students will graduate early. Students still have to attend a minimum of eight semesters. We encourage those students who exceed to explore dual enrollment options, work-based learning options and earning multiple CTAE pathways,” Dockery said. “With Baldwin County, we require four units of social studies and the state requires three. The state recognizes civics, government and economics as half units, and we consider it whole units.”
Based on a survey of high school diploma requirements from surrounding school systems, Hancock County requires students to complete 23 units for graduation, while Johnson County requires 24 units, Jones County with 23 units, Washington County with 24 units, and Wilkinson County with 28 units. Putnam County reduced credits needed from 26 to 23 this school year.
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