Graduation Requirements

BCLA Graduation Requirements

 

 

There are four components to the graduation requirements for Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA):

  1. Academic Coursework
  2. Acceptance to a Post-secondary Institution
  3. Competency Determination (determined by MCAS performance)
  4. Community Service
1. Academic Coursework

In order to graduate from BCLA, students must earn 100 credits according to the table below:


Subject

Credits Needed

Years of Study

English

20 

4

Math

20 

4

Science

20 

4

History

20

4

Foreign Language

10 

2

Electives (must include 2.5 credits in PE and 2.5 credits in the Arts)

10

-

Total

100

 

* 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.


2. Acceptance to a Post-Secondary Institution

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.


3. Competency Determination

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):

a. Meet or exceed the Proficient score of 240 on the Grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts and Mathematics test
OR
b. Meet or exceed the Needs Improvement score of 220 on the Grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts and Mathematics tests AND fulfill the requirements of the Educational Proficiency Plan developed by the BCLA guidance department and the student.
AND

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.


4. Community Service

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
  • Departments