Board approves new graduation credit count for WCSD students

New graduation credit counts have been approved for students in the Warren County School District.

The total number of required credits drops by one for each of the next three years from 26 to 24.

As part of ongoing efforts at educational reform, Warren County School District’s high schools will be moving to a seven-period day with 50 minutes per period.

That shift necessitated the reduction in total credits required for graduation.

This year’s requirements include four credits of English, four of science, four of social studies, three of math, a total of 2.5 in physical education, health, computer technology, and tech ed, and 9.5 in electives, for a total of 27 credits over four years.

Starting with the class of 2022, Warren County School District seniors will have to have four credits of English, four of social studies, seven combined of math and science, with at least three of each, one physical education, .5 of health, .5 of computer technology, and seven in electives, for a total of 24 credits.

For students enrolled at Warren County Career Center, the credit requirements are slightly different. Those students will have to have four credits of English, three in math, three in science, three in social studies, one in physical education, .5 of health, .5 of computer technology, and nine in electives.

“All of the decisions are student driven,” Eric Mineweaser, supervisor of elementary education said, in January. “What’s best for kids.”

“We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t think it was worth doing,” Director of Administrative Support Services Gary Weber said. “We want to engage students in the curriculum.”

“We want to give them more time with the teachers in the classroom,” Mineweaser said. “High school wanted time.”

Not just in the core classes — math, English, science, and social studies — but in all classes, including electives.

More time in classes generally means fewer classes.

Teachers and administrators had been seeing exceptional scores at the middle level.

“We were cognizant that there were good things coming out of the middle level,” Weber said.

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