TCCS alters grad requirements to meet state regs.

The Tidioute Community Charter School has brought its graduation requirements into line with state guidelines.

At its meeting last week, the board of trustees approved the changes.

Starting with the Class of 2015, students will need 28 credits to graduate. According to a report submitted by the school, “students who take Algebra I in eighth grade can earn a math credit.”

While the report states that the 28 credits are required in the ninth- through 12th-grade window, TCCS Chief Educational Officer Dr. Doug Allen said on Monday that many schools permit Algebra I to be taken in eighth grade. “Most of those kids take four math (credits) on top of that,” he said, explaining it enhances student opportunity.

The trustees also approved a draft of the 2014-2015 school calendar, which will be brought for final approval in March. Allen said there are no major changes over the current schedule.

Regarding student scheduling, though, Allen said “we did schedule all ninth graders into Algebra I and Biology” because of the content-specific state Keystone Exams in those subject areas. “Current grade nine students are scheduled to take the Keystone tests in May,” the report stated.

Enrollment at TCCS is currently at 300 students. Allen said the school’s enrollment cap per the charter is 300 and has “hovered right around there for the first year and a half I’ve been here.” Kindergarten registration is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 3 at the school.

According to the report, the trustees were informed that TCCS has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Game Commission to help fund an archery program in the fall term.