Christenson reviews grad requirements
How much is too much?
When Estherville Lincoln Central Principal Frank Christenson reviewed graduation requirements with the ELC Board of Education Monday, the board saw that ELC has the highest number of credit hours required for graduation in the Lakes Conference at 52. Christenson noted that the reason for going to more required hours for graduation a few years ago was to make a more relevant and rigorous curriculum. Previously, students were “filling up” their schedule in their freshman through junior years in order to have more open campus privileges their senior year with the thought that their senior year “should be easy”.
Christenson alluded to the fact that 10 ELC students who attended regents schools last year had a very respectable 2.9 grade point average.
In discussing options, Christenson said the current 52-credit requirement could be left in place but with a credit recovery program. He said the district will have to either have its own alternative school or have Iowa Lakes Community College allow more students into the Laker School.
Another option would be to lower overall graduation requirements. One question is how lower graduation requirements would affect the number of electives.
Another option would be to require a minimum load of 6.5 classes per student per semester.