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Graduation tougher in Jefferson

April 10, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Class of 2003 at Jefferson High School will face tougher graduation requirements.

The Jefferson County Board of Education increased the graduation requirements on Wednesday to meet new state mandates.

That means students will have to complete more advanced math and science courses and also take at least one course in fine arts or performing arts.

Students now in the seventh grade will need three math credits to graduate, said schools spokeswoman Liz Thompson.

Students will have to take algebra I and another higher math course such as algebra II or geometry, said Associate Superintendent John Rose.

Students now need two math credits in any course to graduate, Thompson said.

Schools currently offer pre-algebra I with geometry for seventh-graders and next year will offer pre-geometry with algebra for eighth-graders.

"We as a system will have to look at teaching concepts that lead into algebra earlier," Rose said.

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The county's new requirements also mean students will need three science courses to graduate. They will need two coordinated science classes in the ninth and 10th grades as well as an advanced course such as chemistry or advanced biology.

The county now requires any two science courses to graduate.

Also under the new policy, students will need a class in dance, instrumental music, vocal music, theater or visual arts, Thompson said.

Thompson said the new requirements are state mandates under West Virginia Senate Bill 300 to provide a more comprehensive program of study.

The performing and visual arts requirement is intended to introduce students to new areas and stimulating new interests, Thompson said.

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