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Pueblo City Schools implement new graduation requirements

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Whether they're entering the workforce right away or pursuing additional education, Pueblo City Schools wants to prepare every student for life after high school.

It's why new graduation requirements are now in place. 

D60 employees say nothing will change for current sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It will be current freshman students, or those graduating in 2021 and beyond, that will be affected. 

Shaynee Jesik, a secondary literary specialist with D60, said, "Our students all have to earn 24 credits, but it's about the right 24 credits that the students earn...we know how education changes and how society, and technology, and all the expectations in the 21st century have shifted."

The new guidelines include three Career Avenues for freshman to choose from with each one requiring different credits for specific subjects. 

  • Career Plus Avenue: includes courses to help students who want to earn a 4-year advanced degree. 
  • Career Options Avenue: includes courses to help students who want to earn a 2 or 4-year degree or professional certification. 
  • Career Now Avenue: includes courses to help students who need additional guidance for their plan of study or who want to enter the workforce right after graduation. 

Another new requirement is earning one credit for Demonstration of Competency to show that students are proficient in math and English Language Arts. 

There are two routes students can take to earn this credit: 

Assessment Options: 

  • Earn a qualifying score on tests such as the SAT, ACT, or ASVAB

Performance Options: 

  • Earn a certification in a certain industry
  • Present a District Capstone Project
  • Take college courses while also attending high school

Jesik said, "It's not pushing students into one direction or the other, but actually giving families the options that best fit their lifestyles."

The new graduation requirements were recently presented to the District Accountability Committee. It includes community members, parents, and teachers.

Jesik says so far the plan has been well-received. 

If you'd like more information on the requirements click here

Below are upcoming meetings for parents of eighth grade students. All will take place from 6-8 p.m.

East High School-January 23

Centennial High School-January 25

South High School-January 29

Central High School-January 31

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