BCLA Graduation Requirements
There are four components to the graduation requirements for Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA):
- Academic Coursework
- Acceptance to a Post-secondary Institution
- Competency Determination (determined by MCAS performance)
- Community Service
In order to graduate from BCLA, students must earn 100 credits according to the table below:
* In all major subject areas, students must earn 15 out of 20 credits in a BCLA–taught class. In other words, students can only earn outside credit (summer school, Twilight School or credit recovery) for one course in each subject area.
BCLA students must demonstrate their acceptance to a post-secondary institution by May 1st of their senior year in order to receive a BCLA diploma. This letter can be from a four-year public or private college, a two-year public or private college, or an institution that provides vocational certification or job training.
Students must satisfy one of the following two conditions in both English Language Arts and Mathematics to earn a competency determination from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE):
Meet or exceed the Needs Improvement score of 220 on one of the MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering tests: Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering.
Students must document 100 hours of community service. Students must complete a minimum of 20 hours at each grade level.
- Dual Enrollment
- Community Action Seminars