SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Class requirements are shifting at San Francisco’s highest performing school, Lowell High. The idea, district officials say, is to better prepare students for a high school curriculum that will ensure success getting into a good college.

A course known as “College and Career” has long been required at all public high schools in San Francisco, and most students take it in the ninth grade. However, at Lowell High students took the class later, and dove right into the required three years of history as freshmen.

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KCBS’ Rebecca Corral Reports:

Starting this fall, Lowell students will join the rest of San Francisco in taking College and Career in the ninth grade, which will push their history requirements to the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

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Critics say this decision puts Lowell students at a disadvantage because the “Modern World” History class also teaches note taking and research skills, which are things that they could use early on.

”It’s really important to have the class [College and Career] in the ninth grade because it takes them through what you have to do in order to be eligible,” said Dr. Janet Schulze, assistant superintendent of high schools for the San Francisco Unified School District. “It’s increasingly more competitive and even students at Lowell aren’t a shoo-in into our UC or CSU system. It’s about educating them about what they need to do throughout their four years of high school.”

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