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Promotion and Graduation Requirements

Promotion requirements allow for the normal progression from Grade 9 through Grade 11. To be promoted to Grade 12, a student must be a diploma candidate. A diploma candidate is a student who has a minimum of 70 credits at the end of 11th grade and has every possibility of graduating in June of the 12th grade. That means that all courses carried in Grade 12 will satisfy subject and credit requirements to receive a diploma. Subject and credit requirements are as follows:




English 20 credits – 4 years  
Social Studies 15 credits – 3 years 5 credits must be earned in U.S. History I and 5 credits must be Earned in U.S. History II
Mathematics 17.5 credits – 3.5 years 5 credits must be earned in a level of Math 9 and 5 credits must be earned in a level of Math 10
Science 15 credits – 3 years 5 credits must be earned in Biology
Foreign Language 10 credits – 2 years Two years of the same foreign language must be successfully completed in the high school setting beginning with the Class of 2018.
Wellness 1 semester per year  
MCAS Passing scores in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Biology must be achieved in order to graduate.

Each student must carry the equivalent of twenty-five (25) credits and wellness. If approved by the guidance chairperson and principal, credits earned from courses taken at area colleges and night schools may be used to fulfill promotion and graduation requirements.

Students must meet the state requirement for time and learning. In order to meet this mandate, each student must fill their schedule with the required academic subjects, wellness, and elective courses. Subject requirements must also be successfully completed. If a student passes all their subjects he/she will have no difficulty in achieving enough credits to graduate. Selection of the correct subjects is critical to achieving the necessary requirements for graduation. It is highly recommended that if a student should fail one or more subjects, that student should attend summer school to make up the course(s) and credits. Failure to do so could endanger graduation within four (4) years.