Graduation Requirements

High school graduation requirements and college/university entrance requirements are not the same. Course selection should be based on academic, career, and personal interest. Student interests and goals should guide the path through high school.

College admission requirements will vary from school to school, and it is recommended that students check admission requirements before applying to their college of choice. Students are encouraged to reach out to their high school counselor if they have questions about graduation requirements or the college admission process.

Subject Area Graduation Requirements Total Credits
Social Studies 6 semester courses
( Must include 1 year of US History, 1 year World History, 1 semester of Government, and 1 semester of Economics)
30
English 6 semester courses 30
Math 4 semester courses
( Algebra 1 must be completed)
20
Science 4 semester courses
( Must include 1 year of Physical Science and 1 year of Life Science)
20
Visual & Performing Arts 2 semester courses 10
World Language
Electives 18 semester courses 90
Total = 200 Credits

* Please note that once a subject area graduation requirement has been fulfilled, all excess credits will be rolled over to the Electives category.

Suggested Course Sequences

ENGLISH (30 CREDITS)
English 9A English 9B
English 10A English 10B
English 11A English 11B
MATHEMATICS (20 CREDITS)
Algebra 1A Algebra 1B
Other Math A Other Math B
SOCIAL STUDIES (30 CREDITS)
World History A World History B
US History A US History B
SCIENCE (20 CREDITS)
Life Science A Life Science B
Physical Science A Physical Science B
LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE) / VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS (VPA) (10 CREDITS)
LOTE or VPA A LOTE or VPA B
ELECTIVES (90 CREDITS)
Elective 1 A Elective 1 B
Elective 2 A Elective 2 B
Elective 3 A Elective 3 B
Elective 3 A Elective 3 B
Elective 5 A Elective 5 B
Elective 6 A Elective 6 B
Elective 7 A Elective 7 B
Elective 8 A Elective 8 B
Elective 9 A Elective 9 B
ENGLISH (40 CREDITS)
English 9A English 9B
English 10A English 10B
English 11A English 11B
MATHEMATICS (30 CREDITS MINIMUM)
Algebra 1A Algebra 1B
Other Math A Other Math B
SOCIAL STUDIES (30 CREDITS)
World History A World History B
US History A US History B
SCIENCE (20 CREDITS)
Life Science A Life Science B
Physical Science A Physical Science B
LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (20 CREDITS MINIMUM)
LOTE or VPA A LOTE or VPA B
ELECTIVES (50 CREDITS)
Elective 1 A Elective 1 B
Elective 2 A Elective 2 B
Elective 3 A Elective 3 B
Elective 4 A Elective 4 B
Elective 5 A Elective 5 B
Elective 6 A Elective 6 B
Elective 7 A Elective 7 B
Elective 8 A Elective 8 B
Elective 9 A Elective 9 B

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