Graduation Requirements

Requirements for Graduation

4 Units of English:

  • English I,
  • English II,
  • English III, and
  • English IV

4 Units of Math:

  • Math I,
  • Math II,
  • Math III, and
  • 4th Math Course to be aligned with the student’s post high school plans.

4 Units of Social Studies:

  • World History,
  • American History I,
  • American History II (Student may take AP US History and one additional Social Studies course in lieu of American History 1 and American History II), and
  • Civics and Economics.

3 Units of Science:

  • Earth & Environmental Science,
  • Biology, and
  • Physical Science (Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics)

1 Unit of Health and Physical Education

1 Unit of Personal Finance

6 Units of Electives or Other Requirements:

2 Elective credits of any combination from either:

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Arts Education
  • Second Languages

4 Elective credits (4 course concentration) strongly recommended from one of the following:

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • NJROTC
  • Arts Education (e.g. Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts)
  • Any other subject area (e.g. Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English)

5 Elective Units

28 Total Units of Credit

*Second Language is not required for graduation. However, it is required to meet minimum application requirements for the UNC College System.

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