OXFORD – SAD 17 directors unanimously approved graduating requirements earlier this month that will be consistent with state laws and regulations.

According to the standards, members of the 2008 graduating class must complete a total of 24 credits and 48 quality points, including four credits in English/language arts; three credits in mathematics, including algebra I; three credits in social studies including American studies, U.S., history and three credits in science.

“It was simply an updating of the existing policy with no major changes,” Superintendent Mark Eastman said.

Graduating students must also attain one credit in fine arts, which may include art, music, forensics (public debate) or drama, one-half credit in health and one credit in physical education.

All students must also demonstrate a knowledge of computer skills, according to the district’s standards for computer literacy, proficiency and performance, must complete the Maine Studies Requirements, meet reading level requirements and satisfactorily complete the senior project.

The remaining credits may be selected by the student based on the student’s interests, abilities and the requirements of the field that the student plans to enter upon graduation.

The requirements are available to incoming freshmen and their parents each year prior to their course selection and are included in every edition of the high school yearbook.

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