Moffat County students entering high school next year will have to stay abreast of new curriculum requirements if they plan to enter one of Colorado's four-year colleges upon graduation.
The latest standards and their impact on district schools will be discussed at a Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting on Thursday.
The changes that were handed down by the Colorado Commission of Higher Education last fall shouldn't alter curriculum at the Moffat County High School, said Superintendent Pete Bergmann.
"Students just have to be aware that they'll have to take all these core classes if they want to get into a four-year college," he said. "We want to make parents aware of it, too, so they can help with the planning."
Phase One of the new plan requires students who graduate high school in or following 2008 to amass a total of 15 units of English, mathematics, natural and social sciences and academic electives. Current eighth-graders will be the first wave of students who will need to comply with those requirements.
Phase Two applies to all students who graduate in or after 2010. They are required to graduate with a total of 18 units, which includes an additional unit in mathematics and two foreign language requirements.
Current year sixth-graders are the first to fall under the requirements of the second phase.
Yet the district may have to increase its offering of core classes depending on the level of response from students who abide by the new requirements in the hopes of entering Colorado colleges and universities, Bergmann said.
The intensity of some classes may have to be increased at the elementary and middle school levels to ensure that students are able to succeed in the high school classes, he added.
"Maybe this will show us that we need to do a better job gearing students up at the earlier levels so they aren't entering high school without enough prerequisites," he said. "It may make more pressure for us to provide additional opportunities to students, or it may have a reciprocal effect on electives."
Thirty-eight states currently have some form of pre-collegiate curriculum structure. The new standards are specifically for students bound for four-year colleges and not for students who plan to attend community colleges.
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