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High School Graduation

Future Ready Course of Study Students Entering into Ninth Grade in 2012 – 2013 and later

Courses Required State Requirements
4 sequential English credits
  • English I
  • English II
  • English III
  • English IV
4 Mathematics credits
  • Math I
  • Math II
  • Math III
  • A fourth mathematics course to be aligned with the student’s post high school plans

Note: Students seeking to complete minimum application requirements for UNC universities must successfully complete four mathematics courses, which include a mathematics course with Math III being a prerequisite.

3 Science credits
  • Earth/Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics
4 Social Studies credits
  • World History or  World History
  • Civics and Economics or Civics and Economics
  • American History I or AP US History
  • American History II or Social Studies elective course
1 Health and PE credit Health and PE course
2 elective credits of any combination from either:
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Art Education
  • World Languages

Note: Students seeking to complete minimum application requirements for UNC universities must complete two years of a second language

10 elective credits Any elective credit will satisfy this requirement
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction
Total Credits 28

Future Ready Occupational Course of Study

Courses Required State Requirements
4 sequential English credits
  • Occupational English I
  • Occupational English II
  • Occupational English III
  • Occupational English IV
3 Mathematics credits
  • Occupational Introduction to Math
  • Occupational Math I
  • Occupational Financial Management
2 Science credits
  • Occupational Applied Science
  • Occupational Biology
2 Social Studies credits
  • Occupational American History I
  • Occupational American History II
1 Health and PE credit Health and PE course
4 Career and Technical credits Any combination of Career and Technical Education credits will satisfy this requirement
6 Occupational credits
  • Occupational Preparation I
  • Occupational Preparation II
  • Occupational Preparation III
  • Occupational Preparation IV

Note: Students are required to complete 300 hours of school-based training, 240 hours of community-based training and 360 hours of paid employment or 360 hours of any combination of unpaid vocational training, unpaid internship experience, paid employment at community rehabilitation facilities and/or community service hours.

Other Requirements
  • Completion of IEP objectives
  • Career Portfolio
  • Six (6) elective credits from any subject area
Total Credits 28

Graduation Certificate for Students with Disabilities

High school seniors with disabilities who do not receive the traditional high school diploma, may receive a Graduation Certificate in the following ways:

  • Students are enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study, but need extended time to complete the required 360 hours of competitive employment.
  • Students who cannot access the Occupational Course of Study and require more functional and life skill training.

Students receiving a Graduation Certificate may participate in graduation exercises with their grade and/or age appropriate peers.

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