EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU)--Students graduating from Menomonie's high school are no longer required to take a fine art.
District administrator Chris Stratton says the district has removed one credit of fine arts from their graduation standards.
"The policy is an adjustment of overall required credit for students," said Stratton.
Stratton says they decided to remove the fine arts credit after the school went to a seven-period school day instead of a block schedule.
“Our students were looking for flexibility to meet their career interests," Stratton.
Stratton says college admission is becoming more and more competitive and students are now using high school to help jump start their careers.
She says removing the fine arts requirement will allow students to take electives that fit their individual needs.
"When you look at the number of students taking foreign languages and AP classes those are the students that needed flexibility," said Stratton.
Now, students are required to complete a total of 25 credits before graduation; 15 credits in core subjects like English, Social Studies, Math and Science and 10 credits of electives.
Stratton says the district will encourage at least one of those ten electives is in the fine arts.
"We do value fine arts and we do want our students to be engaged in the courses," said Stratton.
But some parents wonder if the change will stop students from learning about their options.
"We don't think the students will take fewer fine arts we have strong programs," said Stratton.