Mascenic School District

Mascenic to raise number of credits needed to graduate

Class of 2016 will need a minimum of 26 credits, not 20

The Mascenic School Board takes a first read of a new policy for graduation requirements during its meeting Monday.

The Mascenic School Board takes a first read of a new policy for graduation requirements during its meeting Monday. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

GREENVILLE — Mascenic will be taking a look at their graduation policy, and raising the amount of credits required to graduate from high school.

During the Mascenic School Board meeting Monday, the board took a first look at a policy that would offer a single diploma, with a possibility of a distinction of honors. Currently, Mascenic High School offers a diploma and a Superintendent’s diploma, based upon the number of credits a student takes.

The new policy would require that a student earn 25 credits in a required and elective courses. To add the distinction “with honors” the student must complete an additional four credits taken among the core courses — English, math, science, social studies, business or world language — or in extended learning opportunities.

Currently, Mascenic High School awards two levels of diplomas. The first is a 20-credit “Mascenic Regional Standards Diploma,” and the other is a 26-credit “Superintendent’s Diploma of Distinction.” The initial draft of the policy would allow students entering their senior year next year could still be awarded either of these diplomas. The following years, however, would have to meet the new standards.

Under the new policy, students would no longer be allowed to graduate with a 20-credit diploma. Also, the “Superintendent” diploma would be replaced with a “With Honors” distinction. The difference, explained board member Jim Kingston, is that the Superintendents diploma only requires that a student gain an additional six credits. A With Honors distinction would require that the students not only graduate with four more credits required than for a regular diploma, on not less than 29 credits, but they must perform at a certain level in those classes. To graduate with honors, students must maintain a “B” average.

Students could receive a certificate of completion for successfully completing an individual program of studies not leading to a standard diploma.

The new policy would also allow for alternative credit-gaining opportunities. Among those opportunities are competency testing, interdisciplinary credit, completion of course requirements at another school district, private school or home school, extended learning, online learning or college credit opportunities.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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