District-wide message to all incoming 9th-grade families

Dear SBUnified students and families,

You are receiving this message because you have a student who will be in 9th grade next school year and you need to know that last night the Board of Education approved a staff recommendation to defer the new Ethnic Studies graduation requirement by one year. This means your student will no longer be required to fulfill the Ethnic Studies requirement in order to graduate.   Board Policy 6146.1 on Graduation Requirements (accessible below) has been modified to read “effective for the Class of 2024” instead of “Class of 2023.”  You are also invited to reference the revised flyer included with this message which contains general information about the Ethnic Studies graduation requirement.

This development in fact represents a strengthening of our commitment to pursue Ethnic Studies for all students in a timely fashion without compromising the long-term vision for Ethnic Studies in SBUnified. For the 2019-2020 school year, SBUnified will be piloting several Ethnic Studies-qualifying courses, and will anticipate the opportunity to align these courses with Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum to be released by the California Department of Education during Spring 2020.  Rising 9th-grade students who comprise the Class of 2023 are encouraged to consider enrolling in one of the Ethnic Studies-qualifying elective courses offered at each high school. Information specific to each school’s offerings will follow this message.

Thank you for your attention to this notice and feel free to direct any questions you may have to your student’s counselor.

Board Policy 6146.1 High School Graduation Requirements

General Information on Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement


Shawn Carey
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education