Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements


NC Course of Study Requirements:  
  • Students entering the ninth grade in 2009-2010 or later must follow the Future Ready Course of Study to receive a NC high school diploma.  
 
End of Course (EOC) Test Requirements: 
  • Students must earn passing scores on three essential end of course tests: Biology, English II, and Algebra I (Math I).

    *Students must earn at least 28 credits as required by local standards set forth by the Board of Education*  


NC Academic Scholars Program

Students who seek the Future Ready Course of Study may also earn NC Academic Scholars Distinction. This distinction requires additional coursework and a final unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who qualify for this honor receive an honor sticker on their diploma.  

Click here for details about the NC Academic Scholars Program. 

 

UNC Minimum Admission Requirements

To enroll in any of the 16 public Universities in North Carolina, you must meet the NC graduation requirements and meet the UNC Minimum Admission Requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT score.  
  • minimum high school cumulative weighted GPA is 2.5
  • minimum SAT score is 880 on new or 800 on old version (verbal and math)
  • minimum ACT composite score is 17.  
 

Academic Information


High School Grades 
RCS high school grades are as follows: The new 10 point grading scale began at the start of the 2015-2016 school year and is used for each grade level 9-12.  No historical grades in classes taken before the new grade scale begins will be changed or adjusted.
 
2014-15 School Year             2015-16 School Year and beyond
A = 93 – 100 A = 90 – 100
B = 85 – 92 B = 80 – 89
C = 77 – 84  C = 70 – 79
D = 70 - 76  D = 60 - 69
F = 69 - 0  F = 59 - 0         
Lowest passing grade is 70  Lowest passing grade is 60

Weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) Scale - (Students entering 9th grade before 2015-16)

Regular Courses Honors, AP Prep,
& College Courses
 Advanced Placement
A = 4 A = 5 A = 6
 B = 3  B = 4 B = 5
 C = 2 
 C = 3 C = 4
D = 1 D = 2 D = 3
F = 0 F = 0 F = 0

Weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) Scale - (Students entering 9th grade 2015-16 and beyond)

Regular Courses   Honors & AP Prep   Advanced Placement 
& College Courses
A = 4 A = 4.5 A = 5
 B = 3  B = 3.5 B = 4
 C = 2 
 C = 2.5 C = 3
D = 1    D = 1.5    D = 2
F = 0 F = 0    F = 0

NC State Board of Education Policy - GPA/Grading Scale - Policy ID # GCS-L-004