• Graduation Requirements


  • Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2009 through 2017

    Graduation Requirements for Class of 2009 through 2017

    Effective with the Graduating Classes of 2009 through 2017 (entering freshman in Fall 2013), the graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are: 

    SUBJECT AREA

    SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

    HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT (HSA) REQUIREMENTS

    English

    4 credits

    Algebra/Data Analysis, English 10, and Biology:

    Students who entered Grade 9 in the fall of 2005 and later (COMAR 13A.03.02.09) must either obtain a passing or combined score on Algebra/Data Analysis, English 10 or have sat for PARCC English  10 and Algebra 1 assessments. Students must meet a participation requirement in the Biology assessment. The Bridge Plan for Academic Validation may be used for students who meet specific criteria to meet the passing requirement.

    Government:

    Students entering 9th grade in the 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, or 2009-2010 school years do not need to pass the Government HSA for graduation, but may use it if they pursue a combined score to satisfy this requirement.

    Students entering 9th grade in school year 2013-14 and beyond MUST either pass the Government HSA or include the Government HSA score to meet a combined score requirement.

    See Assessment Requirements pages in Administrative Procedure 6150 for more information.

     

    Mathematics

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1

    √ 1 in Geometry

    √ 1 additional mathematics credit

     

     

    Science

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Biology

    √ 2 additional credits that must include laboratory experience in any or all of the following areas: earth science, life science, physical science

     

     

    Social Studies

     

    3 credits

    √ 1 in U.S. History II

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    0.5 credit   √ Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    0.5 credit   √ Health Issues

    Technology Education

    1 credit      √ Foundations of Technology

     

    Completer** and  Electives

    2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language (both credits must be in the same language per local requirements) and3 credits in electives

    OR

    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and 3 credits in electives

    OR

    Complete (4–9 credits) a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses

    and any remaining credits in electives

    Credits: Twenty-one (21) credits are required. Per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C, PGCPS has notified the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that four (4) credits must be earned after completion of Grade 11.

    Enrollment: The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the 8th grade unless on an approved option.

    Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally-developed, state-approved program that includes service learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection and a specified number of hours of independent service.

    **Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements.

     

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    Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2018 through 2020

    Graduation Requirements for Class of 2018 through 2020

    Effective with the Graduating classes of 2018 through 2020 (entering freshman in Fall 2014 through Fall 2016), graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows. See the Required Subject Area Descriptions pages for further descriptions of enrollment requirements. 

    SUBJECT AREA

    SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

    ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

    English

    4 credits

    Students must satisfy one of the following:

     

    • Meet the requirements as established by MSDE on the Maryland high school assessments for Algebra 1, Biology, English 10, and Government;
    • Achieve a combined score(s) as established by MSDE on the Maryland high school assessments;
    • Achieve a score as established by MSDE approved substitute assessments for algebra, biology, English, and government, aligned with the Maryland high school assessments such as Advanced Placement examinations, SAT I, SAT II, ACT, and International Baccalaureate examinations;
    • In school years 2016—2017 and beyond, if a student is unable to meet the above requirements, then they must satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation, or
    • Prior to the 2016—2017 school year, if a student has taken an HSA-aligned or PARCC-aligned Algebra I and/or English 10 course and has passed the course(s) but failed the assessment aligned with the course(s) that student is exempt from completing a Bridge Plan for Academic Validation.

     

    See Assessment Requirements pages in Administrative Procedure 6150 for additonal information and specific information on government.

     

     

    Mathematics

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1

    √ 1 in Geometry

    √ 1 additional mathematics credit

    √ Enrollment in a math course each year in high school

     

     

    Science

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Biology

    √ 2 additional credits that must include laboratory experience in any or all of the following areas: earth science, life science, physical science

     

     

    Social Studies

     

    3 credits

    √ 1 in U.S. History II

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    0.5 credit   √ Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    0.5 credit   √ Health Issues

    Technology Education

    1 credit

    Completer** and Electives

    **Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements

    2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language (both credits must be in the same language per local requirements) and any remaining credits in electives

    OR

    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and any remaining credits in electives

    OR

    Complete (4–9 credits) a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses

     and any remaining credits in electives

    Credits: Twenty-one (21) credits are required. Per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C, PGCPS has notified the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that four (4) credits must be earned after completion of Grade 11.

    Enrollment: The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the 8th grade unless on an approved option.

    Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally-developed, state-approved program that includes service-learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection and a specified number of hours of independent service.


     


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    Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2021 and beyond

    Graduation Requirements for Class of 2021 and beyond

    Effective with the Graduating class of 2021 (entering freshman in Fall 2017), graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows.See the Required Subject Area Descriptions pages for further descriptions of enrollment requirements.  

    SUBJECT AREA

    SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

    ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

    English

    4 credits

    Pursuant to COMAR 13A.03.02.09, students must

    1. Achieve a passing score on the Maryland High School Assessments for Algebra I and English 10, in the following way:
      (i) For school year 2016—2017, a score of 725;
      (ii) For school year 2017—2018, a score of 733;
      (iii) For school year 2018—2019, a score of 741;
      (iv) For school year 2019—2020, and beyond, a score of 750; and
      (v) Assessment in English 10 and/or Algebra I, the passing score on the retest shall be the passing score in the year in which the student first took the assessment.
    2. Achieve a passing score as established by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) on the Maryland High School Assessments for biology and government;
    3. Achieve a combined score(s) as established by MSDE on the Maryland High School Assessments;
    4. If a student has not achieved a passing score on the Maryland High School Assessment in English 10 and/or Algebra I, achieve a score as established by MSDE on MSDE-approved assessments for algebra, and/ or English, aligned with the Maryland High School Assessments such as Advanced Placement examinations, SAT, ACT, and International Baccalaureate examinations; or
    5. Except for students described in Regulation .06G of this chapter, if a student is unable to meet the requirements in §B(3)(a)—(d) of this regulation, then satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation as set forth in Regulation .06E of this chapter.
     

     

     

    Mathematics

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1

    √ 1 in Geometry

    √ 1 additional mathematics credit

    √ Enrollment in a math course each year in high school

     

     

    Science

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Biology

    √ 1 in Biogeochemical Systems

    √ 1 additional credits that must include laboratory experience in any or all of the following areas: earth science, life science, physical science

     

     

    Social Studies

     

    3 credits

    √ 1 in U.S. History II

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    0.5 credit   √ Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    0.5 credit   √ Health Issues

    Technology Education

    1 credit

    Completer** and Electives

    **Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements

    2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language (both credits must be in the same language per local requirements) andany remaining credits in electives

    OR

    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and any remaining credits in electives

    OR

    Complete (4–9 credits) a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses

    and any remaining credits in electives

    Credits: Twenty-one (21) credits are required. Per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C, PGCPS has notified the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that four (4) credits must be earned after completion of Grade 11.

    Enrollment: The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the 8th grade unless on an approved option.

    Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally-developed, state-approved program that includes service-learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection and a specified number of hours of independent service.

     

     


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