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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS - Beginning with the CLASS OF 2020 

 

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 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 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

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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