General Information

Welcome to the spring registration process for the 2019-20 school year!

Moore County Schools’ High School Course Guide contains information needed to register and is designed to help you and your parents or guardians make the best choices for your high school education. You’ll find many exciting options for you as a high school student so read through this website carefully.

It will be especially important for you to talk with your counselors, parents and teachers concerning your course selections. Choices that you make in high school affect your options for study and career after your time in high school has ended, so please give serious consideration to your course choices. In order to earn a high school diploma you must meet all course, credit and test requirements of at least one course of study. These courses of study are designed by the state to prepare students for a multitude of post-high school opportunities from entry-level careers to highly technical studies at community colleges, colleges and universities. You are encouraged to select the most challenging course of study in which you can be successful.

REGISTRATION IS A COMMITMENT to take the courses you have selected. Remember, when you complete your registration sheet you are requesting a specific course, NOT a specific teacher, time or place. Every effort will be made to honor your course requests within the guidelines established by your school, the safety requirements of a program and the Board of Education.

You may choose the courses you would like to take in the next school year; however, your schedule may change pending final grades in the courses you are currently taking and your End-of-Grade (EOG) or End-of-Course (EOC) scores, and whether the course is offered.

Steps for Completing the Registration Process

  • Study the General Information section of this site. Identify the requirements for graduation by reviewing the chart on the previous page.
  • Read the course descriptions of both required courses and electives in which you are interested, and make sure you meet the prerequisite requirements.
  • Use the High School Plan developed by you and your counselor to select the courses you want to take.
  • Talk with your school counselors and teachers for help in determining the courses you need. School staff members will make recommendations to you by using several criteria such as your previous performance, test scores and the AP Potential results based on your PSAT information.
  • Meet with your counselor to make your course selections on your registration form.
  • Have your parent or guardian double check your selections to make sure you have registered for the courses you need.
  • Return the registration sheet to the school after you and your parent or guardian have signed it. Be sure to return it by the deadline designated by your school.

The information provided in this site is current at the time of publication. It is recommended that you work closely with your school counselor during the registration period to be aware of any changes.

Planning for High School Registration

Selecting requires planning. Your high school classes should be selected based on your career and educational aspirations. Careful four- year planning will give you a challenging class schedule that meets all requirements and allows opportunity to explore your interests.

The Future-Ready Core Course of Study requires six total elective units for graduation. Thoughtfully deliberating your elective choices may help you discover the answer to the question “What kind of work do I want to do as an adult?” Consider classes either related to your planned college or community college studies or those that prepare you to enter the workforce.

IMPORTANT...Registration is the student’s opportunity to request appropriate courses. All courses may not be available at the student’s home school. Every effort will be made to grant requests by linking students with schools offering those courses.

Alternates should be chosen very carefully and will be considered part of the student’s final selection of courses.

Graduation Requirements

Future-Ready Core

Beginning with the 2009-2010 ninth grade class, all students will be expected to meet the requirements outlined under the Future-Ready Core Course of Study. Under the six total elective units required for graduation, it is strongly recommended that four elective credits be taken from one of the following areas of focus: Career and Technical Education, JROTC, Arts Education, World Languages or any other subject area (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English).

The remaining two electives must be any combination from Career and Technical Education, Arts Education or World Languages. By taking elective credits in a concentrated area, students can tailor their course concentrations to fit their interests and goals while building a strong academic foundation. For some students with disabilities, the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) will remain an option.

The participation of a student with a disability in the Occupational Course of Study is determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team which includes the student and parent/guardian.

Early Graduation

Early Graduation is a serious decision that requires Principal approval. The choice to graduate early has significant impact on available post high school education and employment options. It should not be a rushed decision but rather a well-planned and thoughtful action weighed carefully by students and parents over a period of time. It may be accomplished by completing summer online courses. Graduating early allows the student only enough time to complete the minimum graduation requirements and will limit the student’s opportunities to enrich their course of study through accelerated courses such as Advanced Placement, higher level World Language classes, and classes in Career and Technical Education.

Conferences with your school counselor will assure a comprehensive analysis of post-secondary options available to early graduates. Students who have completed ALL graduation requirements including specific course and testing requirements, an appropriate course of study, and total number of graduation credits required, may request to graduate early, either at mid-year of their senior year or at the end of their junior year. The student’s grade classification will be based on the MCS high school promotion standards. Diplomas are awarded only at the end of the school year.

Diploma Endorsements

Students enrolled in North Carolina high schools shall have the opportunity to earn endorsements to their High School Diploma beginning with the graduating class of 2014-2015. Endorsements are not required to graduate but are an additional recognition from the state.

Students may earn a Career Endorsement, a College Endorsement, a North Carolina Global Language Endorsement, a North Carolina College/UNC Endorsement; a Moore County School Distinguished Scholar or the North Carolina Academic Scholars Endorsement. It should be noted that students may earn multiple endorsements. These endorsements are earned by completing specific course work, maintaining a minimum grade point average, and earning additional industry certification (Career Endorsement only).

Information for the NC Academic Scholars Endorsement is posted below. For specific information on the requirements to earn the Career Endorsement or the College Endorsement, please visit the MCS webpage at and click on Departments, Career and Technical Education, Diploma Endorsements.

NC Academic Scholars Program

Students must:

  • begin planning for the program before entering ninth grade to ensure they obtain the most flexibility in their courses;
  • complete all the requirements of this North Carolina Academic Scholars Program;
  • have an overall four-year un-weighted grade point average of 3.500; and,
  • complete all requirements for a North Carolina High School diploma.

Units / Program Area

Future-Ready Core Course of Study Requirements for students entering 9th grade for the first time in 2012-13 and beyond*

  • English – 4 Units - English I, II, III, IV
  • Mathematics – 4 Units - Should include Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and a higher level math course with Algebra II as prerequisite OR Math I (NC Math 1), II (NC Math 2), III (NC Math 3), and a higher level mathematics course with Math III (NC Math 3) as a prerequisite
  • Science – 3 Units - Physics or Chemistry course, Biology, and an Earth/Environmental Science course
  • Social Studies – 4 Units* - Civics/ Economics, World History, American History I: Founding Principles and American History II OR AP US History and an additional Social Studies Elective
  • World Languages – 2 Units - in a second language
  • Health and Physical Education – 1 Unit
  • Electives - 10 Units - Four (4) elective credits constituting a concentration recommended from one of the following: Career and Technical Education (CTE), JROTC, Arts Education, World Languages, any other subject area and 3 Units – Higher Level Courses taken during junior and/or senior years which carry 5 or 6 quality points such as: AP, dual enrolled or college equivalent course, Advanced CTE/ CTE credentialing courses, online courses, other honors or above designated courses and 3 Units of other electives.

28 TOTAL Units

NC Academic Scholars Recognition

Students who complete the requirements for an academically challenging high school program will be named North Carolina Academic Scholars and receive special recognition. The students who qualify for this special recognition:

  • will be designated by the State Board of Education as a North Carolina Academic Scholar;
  • will receive a seal of recognition attached to their diplomas;
  • may receive special recognition at graduation exercises and other community events; and,
  • may use this special recognition in applying to post - secondary institutions. Candidates can be identified by the end of grade 11 and their candidacy can be included in their applications.

*Students entering 9th grade for the first time in 2012-2013 and beyond will need four (4) Social Studies – A world history; American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics; American History I; American History II; OR AP US History and an additional social studies elective resulting in 28 TOTAL Units

Preparing for College in North Carolina

The UNC System Admissions Requirements

To enroll in any of the 16 universities (identified on the list) which make up the University of North Carolina, undergraduate students must meet the minimum requirements outlined in the following chart:

Course Requirements

English - 4 Units

English I, English II, English III, English IV

Mathematics - 4 Units

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and 1additional unit beyond Algebra II OR Math I (NC Math 1), Math II (NC Math 2), Math III (NC Math 3) and one additional unit beyond Math III (NC Math 3) (Recommended a mathematics course unit be taken in 12th grade)

Science - 3 Units

A physical science course A life or biological course

At least one laboratory course

• Social Studies - 2 Units

US History

One additional course

• World Languages - 2 Units

Recommended at least two course units in one World Language


Additional electives must be included to meet local graduation requirements

Minimum Admissions Requirements for High School GPA and SAT/ACT Scores

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum SAT**: 800
  • Minimum ACT Composite: 17

Students applying for admission for fall 2006 or after, for which standardized test scores are required, must submit either the SAT I (which includes the writing component) or the ACT with the writing component.** (Combined Critical Reading and Math scores)

The 16 Campuses of the University of North Carolina

Appalachian State University, Elizabeth City State University, NC A&T University, NC School of the Arts, UNC-Pembroke, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, Western Carolina University, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, NC Central University, NC State University, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, Winston-Salem State University

NOTE: Each university may require other courses in addition to these requirements; therefore, prospective students should refer to the catalogs and contact the admissions offices of any universities to which they plan to apply.
In determining the admissibility of each applicant, institutions also consider factors other than courses completed.
Other factors may include high school grades, rank in class, scores on college entrance examinations and recommendations.