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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

SCS offers three diploma options: standard, advanced, and honor. See the following sections for details about each diploma type.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS - CLASS OF 2018 AND 2019

 

Standard Diploma (26 units)

 

4 units

English

4 units

Mathematics

 

Must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II w/ Trigonometry

4 units

Science

 

Includes Biology, Physical Science, and two credits from Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, Physics, and AP Biology

4 units

Social Studies

1 unit

Physical Education

½ unit

Health Education

½ unit

Fine Arts

½ unit

Computer Applications

2 units

Foreign Language (Two years of the same language)

4 units
1½ units

Worldview
Electives

 

Advanced Diploma (26 units) – Requires all of the above with a minimum cumulative grade average (grades 9 – 12) of 85%.

 

Honors Diploma (26 units) – Requires all of the above with the following additional requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative grade average (grades 9 – 12) of 85% or higher

  • Completion of at least two semesters of an Advanced Placement Class or two semesters of an Advanced Placement equivalent college course.

  • A minimum pre-weighted average of 80% in all Advanced Placement Classes or Advanced Placement equivalent college courses and completion of AP exams for all Advanced Placement Classes.

  • Research Component: All students are required to produce a research paper during their junior and senior years. Students seeking the Honors Diploma will also be required to do the following:

    • Complete summer reading before their junior and senior years. Specific information about these reading assignments will be given to them by their English teachers.

    • Make a minimum grade of 75% on at least one of the two research papers. Research papers completed at other schools will not be accepted.

 

Advanced Placement Equivalent/Dual Enrollment Classes: Qualified SCS students are permitted to participate in dual enrollment programs with the University of North Alabama and North-West Shoals Community College. College courses for which there is an equivalent AP course are considered Advanced Placement Equivalent Classes

 

Weighted Grades: AP and AP Equivalent Classes will be weighted by adding 10 points to the course grade and one quality point to the quality points earned. The actual earned grade will appear on all records, but a weighted numeric average and GPA will appear on the high school transcript.

 

Valedictorian/Salutatorian: The valedictorian and salutatorian are the two top ranking seniors as determined by the numerical average of all grades earned for high school credit, with the following exception. While all AP level courses are granted a 10 point bonus, the number of weighted credits that will count towards valedictorian and salutatorian will be one more than the number of AP classes offered by SCS.

 

Allowed Substitutions: Certain classes and co-curricular activities can also serve as substitutes for the one credit of Physical Education that is required for graduation. These substitutions are as follows:

  • Each semester of marching band (fall semester) will be counted as ½ credit of Physical Education.

  • Participation in interscholastic sports (volleyball, cross country, football, basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, or golf) will count as ½ credit of Physical Education

  • Cheerleading for a full year will count as one credit of Physical Education.

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS - CLASS OF 2020 FORWARD

 

Standard Diploma (25 units)

 

4 units

English

4 units

Mathematics

 

Must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II or Algebra II w/ Trig

4 units

Science

 

Must include Biology and Physical Science, and two credits from the following: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Anatomy/Physiology, Physics, or DC Biology

4 units

Social Studies

4 units

Worldview

1 unit

Physical Education, Band, or Athletics

0.5 unit

Health Education

1 unit

Career Preparedness – 0.5 unit Personal Finance; 0.5 unit Computer/Career

2 units

    DC Career Tech courses / Foreign Language / Art Education

0.5 unit

Elective

25 units

    Total

 

Advanced Diploma (25 units) – Requires all of the following with a minimum cumulative grade average (grades 9 – 12) of 85%.

 

4 units

English

4 units

Mathematics

 

Must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II w/ Trig

4 units

Science

 

Must include Biology and Physical Science, and two credits from the following: Chemistry, Environmental Science, Anatomy/Physiology, Physics, or DC Biology

4 units

Social Studies

4 units

Worldview

1 unit

Physical Education, Band, or Athletics

0.5 unit

Health Education

1 unit

Career Preparedness – 0.5 unit Personal Finance; 0.5 unit Computer/Career

2 units

    Foreign Language

0.5 unit

Elective

25 units

    Total

 

Honor Diploma (25 units) – Requires all of the above with the following additional requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative grade average (grades 9 – 12) of 85% or higher

  • Completion of at least two semesters of dual enrollment and/or early college courses.

  • A minimum pre-weighted average of 80% in all dual enrollment and/or early college courses.

  • Research Component: All students are required to produce a research paper during their junior and senior years. Students seeking the Honor diploma will also be required to do the following:

    • Complete summer reading before their junior and senior years. Specific information about these reading assignments will be given to them by their English teachers.

    • Complete a research seminar under the direction of the SCS English Department. This seminar will be held during club period. Attendance is mandatory, and students will be required to provide written responses to a set of questions for each session. Students who miss more than one session will have to repeat the seminar the next year or forgo the Honors diploma.

    • Make a minimum grade of 75% on at least one of the two research papers. Research papers completed at other schools will not be accepted.

 

Dual Enrollment/Early College Classes: Grades in dual enrollment and/or early college courses will be weighted on the high school transcript by adding 10 points to the grade earned. SCS offers the following opportunities for dual enrollment and/or early college credit:

  • English 101 and 102 – NWSCC at SCS campus (senior year)

  • History 201 and 202 – on campus at UNA or online through UNA (junior year)

  • Biology – NWSCC at SCS campus (junior or senior year)

  • PS 241 – Introduction to American Government - online through UNA (senior year)

  • Pre-Calculus 112 – NWSCC at SCS campus (junior or senior year)

  • Pre-Calculus 113 – NWSCC at SCS campus (junior or senior year)

  • Calculus 125 – NWSCC at SCS campus (senior year)

  • Sociology – online through NWSCC (junior or senior year)

  • Music/Art Appreciation – online through NWSCC (junior or senior year)

 

Allowed Substitutions: Certain classes and co-curricular activities can also serve as substitutes for the 1 credit of Physical Education that is required for graduation. These substitutions are as follows:

  • Each semester of marching band (fall semester) will be counted as ½ credit of Physical Education.

  • Participation in interscholastic sports (volleyball, cross country, football, basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, or golf) will count as ½ credit of Physical Education

  • Cheerleading for a full year will count as 1 credit of Physical Education.

 

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