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Graduation and Promotion

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Requirements can differ based on the year a student began high school. Please check with your school counselor about specific requirements for you, and also review the requirements for graduating "college and career ready."

Credit Requirements
For Students Who First Entered 9th Grade in 2016-17 and Prior
  • English: 4 Credits
  • Math: 4 Credits
  • Science: 3 Credits
    • Biology and 2 lab sciences
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
    • US History, Amerian Government, World History
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit
  • Physical Education: 0.5 credit
  • Health: 0.5 credit
  • Electives: 2 credits
  • Tech Ed: 1 credit
    • Foundations of Technology
  • World Language: 2 credits (Same language sequentially), or
    • Advanced Tech Ed: 2 credits, or
    • CTE Program Completer: 4-6 credits within a state approved CTE program
Credit Requirements
For Students Who First Entered 9th Grade in 2017-2020
  • English: 4 Credits
  • Math: 4 Credits
  • Science: 3 Credits
    • Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
    • US History, Amerian Government, World History
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit
  • Physical Education: 0.5 credit
  • Health: 0.5 credit
  • Electives: 2 credits
  • Tech Ed: 1 credit
    • Foundations of Computer Science
  • World Language: 2 credits (Same language sequentially), or
    • Advanced Tech Ed: 2 credits, or
    • CTE Program Completer: 4-6 credits within a state approved CTE program
Credit Requirements
For Students Who First Entered 9th Grade in 2021-22 and Beyond
  • English: 4 Credits
  • Math: 4 Credits
  • Science: 3 Credits
    • Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
    • US History, Amerian Government, World History
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit
  • Physical Education: 0.5 credit
  • Health: 1 credit
    • Health I (0.5) and Health II (0.5)
  • Electives: 2 credits
  • Tech Ed: 1 credit
    • Foundations of Computer Science
  • World Language: 2 credits (Same language sequentially), or
    • Advanced Tech Ed: 2 credits, or
    • CTE Program Completer: 4-6 credits within a state approved CTE program

Grade Level Promotion Policy

From Grade 9 to 10
  • Number of Cumulative Credits Needed: 5
  • Including:
    • English I, ESOL English I, or Algebra I
From Grade 10 to 11
  • Number of Cumulative Credits Needed: 10
  • Including:
    • 3 credits out of English I, English II, ESOL English I, ESOL English II, Algebra I, or Geometry
    • 1 credit in both social studies and science
From Grade 11 to 12
  • Number of Cumulative Credits Needed: 15
  • Including:
    • 5 credits out of English I, English II, English III, ESOL English I, ESOL English II, Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry
    • 3 credits in science and social studies with at least one in each
Service Learning

Graduating students must have completed a minimum of 75 hours of service learning. Students begin service learning projects in middle school, and most will have earned the required 75 hours by the beginning of high school.

Maryland Assessments Required:
  • Algebra I
  • English II
  • Science
  • American Government