The Washington Island School District Curriculum Committee is in the process of examining graduation credit requirements.
The state currently requires students to successfully complete two credits in both science and math to earn a diploma and is looking at increasing the requirement to three credits of each. Superintendent Tim Raymond thinks it’s a good thing but it leaves a few questions unanswered as far as what kinds of classes to offer.
He also says the School Board would have to decide how those two extra credits would fit into the district’s current graduation requirements. Either the total number of credits required would increase from 24 to 26 or the elective credit requirement of 11 would need to be decreased by two to keep the total credits at 24.
No recommendations have been made to move forward yet, as the district meets the current standards. Raymond says if the board does decide to go ahead with any changes for next year they’ll have to be finalized by April so the student handbook could be updated.
Most schools in Door and Kewaunee Counties require two credits each in math and science to graduate, except for one. Algoma High School students must complete three credits in both math and science as part of their graduation requirements.