• Graduation Requirements for Class of 2018 and beyond

    Download Detailed PDF of Educational Requirements and Options in Secondary Schools (Administrative Procedure 6150)

     

    Effective with the Graduating Class of 2018 (entering freshman in Fall 2014), graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows:

    Credit Requirements 

    Subject Area Credits Required

    English

    4 credits

    Mathematics

    4 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1 Common Core

    √ 1 in Geometry Common Core

    √ 1 in Algebra 2 Common Core

    √ 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

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    Asssessment Requirements

    School Year 2014-2015 - Grade 9 

    • PARCC English 9
    • PARCC Algebra 1 HSA Biology
    • HSA Government

    School Year 2015-2016 - Grade 10

    • PARCC Algebra 1 or PARCC Geometry or PARCC Algebra 2 PARCC English 10
    • HSA Biology HSA Government
    • Retake opportunities for HSAs/PARCC

    School Year 2016-2017 - Grade 11

    • PARCC Algebra 1 or PARCC Geometry or PARCC Algebra 2 PARCC English 11*
    • HSA Biology HSA Government
    • Retake opportunities for HSAs/PARCC

    *College and Career Ready Determination

    School Year 2017-2018 - Grade 12

    • PARCC Algebra 1 or PARCC Geometry or PARCC Algebra 2 HSA Biology
    • HSA Government
    • Retake opportunities for HSAs/PARCC
    • Transition courses if a student is not college and career ready
     

     Other Requirements

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    .50 credit √ Your Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    .50 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) and 2 credits in electives

    OR

    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and 2 credits in electives

    OR

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

    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