On Jan. 13, 2015, the school board voted to approve policy changes to MPS’ minimum graduation requirements. The changes were recommended to allow more opportunity for student choice and personalization of the high school experience. The previous graduation requirements exceeded the minimum set by the state. The new changes also exceed the minimum set by the state.
Changes will go into effect fall 2015 for the incoming freshmen (class of 2019). The classes of 2015 – 2018 will not be affected by the approved changes and will graduate under the previous graduation requirements. The approved changes are below.
Our changes to graduation requirements allow an increase in student choice, which provides a more personalized pathway to college and career readiness.
The total number of credits required for graduation from MPS remains the same. There is a decrease in prescribed courses and an increase in required choice options for students. This allows for increased opportunities to access courses that best align with students’ postsecondary goals. Some of the classes students can explore include world languages (including like American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Dakota, French, German, Hmong, Japanese, Latin, Ojibwe, Somali and Spanish) and elective social studies, physical education, music, science, computer science, ethnic histories, math, language arts, technical education and/or art courses.
More details about the changes:
Reduce physical education (PE) and health requirements by one semester each
Reduce social studies requirements by one semester
Increase elective requirements by three semesters
No change to world language requirement