Are B-P students LifeReady?
For the first time in more than 30 years, Broadalbin-Perth is working to update the district’s graduation requirements to reflect what students really need to know to be successful after high school. These changes will affect every student who enrolls in the district for years to come. Members of the Broadalbin-Perth community are encouraged to learn more, engage in discussions with their neighbors, and provide feedback to district leaders on this important work.
LifeReady Community Forum Series
During this series of forums, members of the B-P community will have the opportunity to learn about the research and discussions that are already taking place among district educators and provide feedback about the changes under consideration. Advance registration is requested for each event; residents will be able to submit questions or comments through the registration form.
Portrait of a B-P Graduate
Members of the district leadership team — including teachers and counselors — will present on their work from the past year, and how the district came to consider the possible changes to its graduation requirements.
Portrait of a B-P Student
Teachers and counselors from the district leadership team will present their ongoing work on how the academic program for students in pre-K through grade 11 might change to help students be successful after graduation — long before they reach their senior year of high school.
LifeReady Next Steps
Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson will recap all that district leaders hear during the first four community forums, outline the steps the district plans to take to implement change, and answer any remaining questions from members of the community.
What are B-P’s current graduation requirements?
Minimum graduation requirements are established by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Local school districts have the option of requiring more than the state’s minimum for their students to graduate; any changes to a school district’s graduation requirement must be approved by the local school board.
All students in New York state must earn a minimum of 22 credits spread across various subject areas. Currently, Broadalbin-Perth requires students to earn 4 elective credits — a half credit more than the minimum established by the state — meaning B-P students must earn 22½ credits to graduate from high school.
Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson said that the vast majority of graduates earn more than the minimum required credits. For example, the 122 members of the Class of 2019 earned, on average, 26.4 credits. Of those, 33 completed at least 28 credits. Only nine members of the class earned the minimum 22½ credits — two were students who finished high school in three years, and one was enrolled in an early college admissions program during their senior year of high school.
Broadalbin-Perth’s current graduation requirements were last reviewed when the former Broadalbin and Perth school districts merged in 1987.
What is B-P considering?
For more than a year, teachers and administrators from every school have met to review research, brainstorm and discuss what skills and knowledge students need to have to be successful after high school. They’ve also examined current trends in college admissions; local, regional and national job markets; and traits employers look for in potential employees. Based on that work, Broadalbin-Perth is currently considering:
- Requiring all students to complete coursework in personal financial literacy.
- Requiring additional coursework in health that would include a greater focus on mental health and wellbeing.
- Requiring all students to perform community service.
- Requiring seniors to complete a capstone project that they develop under the guidance of a faculty member — such as an internship, research project, or community service project.
- Requiring all students to complete a formal college and career plan with their school counselors.
- Offering students the opportunity to earn extra credentials or endorsements with their diplomas that signifies work completed that goes beyond the minimum graduation requirements.
- Replacing the class ranking system with the Latin honors system that is used at many colleges and universities — cum laude (with honor), magna cum laude (with great honor), and summa cum laude (with highest honor) in an effort to recognize the achievements of a greater number of students.