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Are College Park Graduation Requirements Too Easy?

You might be surprised how MDUSD compares to Martinez when it comes to the number of credits required for graduation.

When Mount Diablo Unified's governing board axed, it also reduced the number of credits high school students needed to graduate. MDUSD has the lowest credit requirement in the area. That may change. 

School officials are that aim to help lagging students catch up on credits. If it works, the school board will consider requiring more credits to graduate. 

District MDUSD Acalanes Antioch Liberty Martinez Pittsburg San Ramon WCCUSD Type of Schedule Summer School No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Max # of classes a student can take including A period and Summer Sch 24 31 27 34 27-31 27 27-31 27 Credits for Graduation 200 240 220 270 230 220 240 225 Math Credits required for Graduation 20 20 30 30 30 20 20 30

Source: Mount Diablo Unified School District

Jed May 24, 2012 at 03:58 PM
From what I've seen (first hand) of "graduates" - the entire education system is one major FAIL. By and large; they (graduates) can's spell, don't use proper words, nor have a working knowledge of how the real world functions. It shows in TV shows (aimed at such nincompoops) where virtually every program has to have loud music unrelated to the story, sexual references and belittling remarks to others. I say it's time to let teachers teach again - stop the schools being the political indoctrination centers they've become. Bring back discipline in the classroom where teacher can withhold grades, scold kids, etc. The "little darlings" know they can get away with virtually anything. Make parents accountable, too!
Jim Caroompas (Editor) May 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Congratulations, Jed. You've managed to insult an entire generation of kids, and teachers, and parents. My first hand experience is quite different than yours. I see no "political indoctrination" in the classrooms I've been in, just dedicated teachers trying their best in difficult times to provide an education. The students seem like students have always been - a cross-mix of motivated, bored and points in between. I don't see kids getting away with "virtually anything." Calling an entire group of students "nincompoops" seems like a very belittling remark, and completely uncalled for.
Cooki Telles May 24, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Thanks, Jim!
Laurie Fahy May 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
So getting back to the point of the article - it seems Liberty could be asking that same question about all the rest of the schools. I had no idea there was such a discrepancy among public schools! How do colleges view this information? Is a student from a school with higher grad credits seen as more desirable, or a harder worker? That would not seem fair to our students who have no choice but to attend their local school and take what is offered. I understand it is all about money, but it is frustrating nonetheless.
Ann May 25, 2012 at 05:57 AM
It's not only the "credits needed to graduate" that differs. We have 7 years of experience with College Park (all kids combined). We transferred to Liberty last year and I can tell you, it's the difference between night and day!! Staff is willing to communicate and work with parents, even go out of their way to do so. Students are held more accountable. I could go on and on. Wish we would have made this move years ago!

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