Across California, graduating seniors look forward to moving beyond the high school years that were dominated by Covid.
Students can earn a Seal of Civic Engagement if they learn how to research issues and effect change by getting involved in community issues.
California's graduation rate held steady last school year, despite Zoom schooling. But the numbers don't tell the whole story.
California school districts are reducing the number of credits needed to graduate, changing school schedules and adding tutoring to help seniors earn their diplomas.
An extra year in high school, a Pass or No Pass option and minimum graduation requirements would help undo damage from the pandemic.
Ceremonies will be outside, probably in shifts, on a sports field with bleachers, or like Fresno and Natomas, in a big pavilion and minor league ballpark.
Maria Amaya, the first in her family to read and write, also wanted to be the first to graduate high school. Then her family came down with Covid-19.
District reaches out to families through wellness checks, changes grading and graduation requirements, provides some technology to seniors.
State officials are developing guidelines on how to safely bring students back to campus.
Oakland Unified school board temporarily waives its 2.0 GPA and senior project grad requirements during emergencies such as school closures.
Some warn that it will be difficult for other districts to increase math graduation requirements due to budget and staffing constraints.
Unaccompanied immigrant students face a daunting set of obstacles to finish high school. Many students have survived severe trauma in their home countries or missed years of school.
Schools would tailor their courses to reflect the student demographics in their communities, authors say.
Corrected for problems with past years’ calculations, 82.7 percent in the Class of 2017 got their diplomas compared with 83.8 percent the year before.
Requiring graduates meet California State University requirements may deny diplomas to otherwise prepared students.