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Graduation Requirements

For graduation, students must earn the required number of credits in each area during their high school years. In some cases, these required classes may be taken during the 8th grade year. In rare cases, a 7th grade student may take the Algebra I class for HS credit. One credit is equivalent to a year-long class. The grade point average is calculated on a standard 4.0 scale. A cumulative GPA is calculated every semester. Most students take the SAT / ACT in their junior and senior years. Students typically take the PSAT in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.

 Subject Area Minimum CreditsTypical Offerings 
English4English: Human Nature, American Literature, English Literature, AP English Language & Composition, Creative Writing
STEM8Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science
Social Studies4AP Human Geography, AP Comparative Government, AP Psychology, US Constitutional History
Foreign Language3Spanish I, II, III, Spanish IV/AP Spanish; Independent Language
Physical Education2Independent Study; Team Sports
The Arts1.5Drawing, Painting, Theatre, Music Theory, Music Performance, Video
Occupational Education1
Electives4.5Additional courses in the Arts, Humanities, and STEM
Total Required28 minimum