At the January 22 regular meeting, the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education revised the graduation credit policy, reducing the number of credits required for graduation from 29 to the state-required 24. The change will affect the number of elective credits that students in LCPS high schools must earn.  

Under the current requirements, LCPS students must earn 12 elective credits to meet graduation requirements. The new policy will reduce that number to seven, but the credits for core courses such as English, Math, Social Studies and Science will remain unchanged.

Students entering high school in Fall 2019 (class of 2023) will be the first cohort to graduate under the new credit requirements. Students currently in high school (classes of 2020, 2021, 2022) will see the number of credits needed for graduation reduced as this new policy is phased in. The class of 2020 will be required to earn 28 credits, the class of 2021 will be required to earn 27 credits, and the class of 2022 will be required to earn 25 credits.

The credit requirement phase-in for these cohorts will reduce elective credits by 1 (2020), 2 (2021), and 4 (2022) respectively.

For additional information, you can view or download a Q&A document which may answer many of your questions at the link below.

However, if you have questions that are not addressed in the document, please contact Dr. Wendi Miller-Tomlinson, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, at wmiller-tomlinson@lcps.net or 575-527-5859.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net