Graduation requirements for the Class of 2016 and beyond -- today's students in grade 8 and lower -- have been revised, putting career-technical education classes in the elective category, according to an April 10 Board of Education action.
The Board approved using the University of California's "a-g" courses as a basis for graduation requirements for students, beginning with the Class of 2016. It removed an earlier proposal to mandate two semesters of career-technical education courses.
Students will be required to complete the ‘a-g’ coursework in order to
graduate high school while still being able to take the popular career
classes as electives. Classes range from engineering to information technology to medical technology in 15 career sectors (read more).
The Board also voted to fund workshops in the 2012-13 school year to inform parents/guardians and students about the
new requirements. As the new graduation requirements are more rigorous
than those required by the state, additional funding is being allocated
on an equitable basis to schools for students who need help to pass the
More information on the current and future graduation requirements is available online at www.sandi.net/graduation.