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BCHS implements new state graduation requirements

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BCHS implements new state graduation requirements

In January, Mr. Jason Salo substitutes for Mr. Steven Gretencord's social studies class. AP History classes are some of the courses impacted by the new pathways program.

In January, Mr. Jason Salo substitutes for Mr. Steven Gretencord's social studies class. AP History classes are some of the courses impacted by the new pathways program.

In January, Mr. Jason Salo substitutes for Mr. Steven Gretencord's social studies class. AP History classes are some of the courses impacted by the new pathways program.

In January, Mr. Jason Salo substitutes for Mr. Steven Gretencord's social studies class. AP History classes are some of the courses impacted by the new pathways program.

Aidan Sullivan, Reporter

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In an effort to better prepare students for the workforce, BCHS has added new state graduation requirements for the general diploma, Core 40 diploma, and Academic Honors diploma.

These new requirements will not affect the current students of BCHS, they will be put into full effect for the Class of 2023.

Currently, to earn a diploma from BCHS, students must complete a certain semesters in each subject. For the basic Core 40 diploma, a student must earn eight credits in both Theology and English classes, a minimum of six credits in Math classes, six credits in science classes, six credits in social studies classes, five total credits of world language and/or fine arts, one health credit, two physical education credits, and a minimum of 48 credits. One semester counts as one credit. 

A newly mandated program, the New Pathways, has three categories. First, there is the diploma distinction category, which includes the three diplomas currently available here. The second category focuses on employability skills. In this category, students must demonstrate employability skills through work-based learning, project-based learning, or service-based learning. The final category focuses on post- secondary ready competencies, which entails earning an Academic Honors diploma, meeting certain scores on an ACT or SAT exam, maintaining a C average in three AP or dual credit courses, taking six certain classes in a sequence in a specific category, or earning a minimum score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam (ASVAB). Students have more options to earn the Academic Honors diploma through the New Pathways program.

Vice Principal of Academics Mrs. Ann Taylor is working on implementing these new requirements into the BCHS curriculum. “At the heart of it, you’ll still have the same kind of diploma from Indiana,” Mrs. Taylor said. “The diploma status has not changed – how you get there has changed.”

The new graduation requirements are being put into place because the state is trying to address student employability skills and how students are being prepared to transition into the work environment. “The state of Indiana believes that these changes will better prepare students for the future,” said Mrs. Taylor.

According to Mrs. Taylor, the administration and teaching staff are currently evaluating potential class and schedule changes and are working together to talk about what those changes might look like.

Rest assured, the new schedule will not be completely different than students are used to. “You’re not going to see dramatic changes in the school day,” said Mrs. Taylor.

Junior Jack McGillicuddy is excited to hear about the positive changes to the BCHS curriculum. “This sounds like a great way to let students broaden their horizons and focus on things they might want to do when they leave high school,” said McGillicuddy.