Swimming bumped from grad credits 

Swimming is no longer a graduation requirement for public high schools in The City — only a recommendation.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education approved changes to the list of courses and credits students must take beginning next fall in order to graduate from public high schools.

The swimming mandate was one of the fatalities, though it’s not likely to be missed. This past school year, 89 percent of the graduating class received a waiver from the requirement, according to the San Francisco Unified School District.

“Additionally, not all high schools have reasonable access to a swimming pool to satisfy the requirement,” the district said in a statement released Thursday.

Also this fall, freshmen will be the first mandated to complete the A-G coursework, which is aimed at preparing them for acceptance into the University of California or California State University systems.

Other changes include stiffer rules on physical-education requirements, a hike in credits for ninth-graders taking a college and career education course and a new rule stating students with disabilities don’t have to take the California High School Exit Exam in order to graduate, the district said.


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