Graduation Requirements

State/District Graduation Requirements – Effective with the Class of 2014
To accumulate the 130 credits required to earn a high school diploma, students must successfully complete the following courses as required by the New Jersey State Department of Education and the Newark Public Schools.

Content AreaCourseYearsCredits
Total Credits130 Credits
Language Arts LiteracyEnglish I, II, III, IV4 years20 credits
MathematicsMathematics4 years20 credits
ScienceScience4 years20 credits
Social StudiesWorld History
US History I, II
Financial Literacy
Semester Course
1 year
2 years
1/2 year
1/2 year
5 credits
10 credits
2.5 credits
2.5 credits
World LanguageWorld Language I, II2 years10 Credits
Visual & Performing ArtsVisual & Performing Arts1 year5 Credits
Health, Safety & Physical EducationPhysical Education/Health I, II, III, IV4 years20 Credits
21st Century Life & Career or Career & Technical EducationCareer & Technical Education1 year5 credits
ElectivesElectives1 year10 Credits
English Language ArtsMathematics
PARCC ELA Grade 9 >= 750 (Level 4) orPARCC Algebra Grade 9 >= 750 (Level 4) or
PARCC ELA Grade 10 >= 750 (Level 4) orPARCC Algebra Grade 10 >=
PARCC ELA Grade 11 >= 725 (Level 3) orPARCC Algebra Grade 11 >= 725 (Level 3) or
Prior to 3/1/16 SAT Critical Reading >= 400 orPrior to 3/1/16 SAT Math Section >= 400 or
3/1/16 or later SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section >= 450 or SAT Reading Test >= 223/1/16 or later SAT Match Section >= 440 or SAT Math Test >= 22
ACT Reading or ACT PLAN Reading >= 16 orACT or ACT PLAN Math >= 16 or
Accuplacer Write Placer >= 6 orAccuplacer Elementary Algebra >= 76 or
Accuplacer Write Placer ESL >= 4 or
PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading* >= 40 or
PSAT10 Reading or PSAT/NMSQT Reading ** >= 22 or
PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math* >= 40 or
PSAT10 Math or PSAT/NMSQT Math ** >= 22 or
ACT Aspire Reading >= 422 orACT Aspire Math >= 422 or
ASVAB-AFQT Composite >= 31 orASVAB-AFQT Composite >= 31 or
Meet the Criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio AppealMeet the Criteria of the NJDOE Portfolio Appeal
Note *PSAT taken prior to October 2015
Note: **PSAT taken after October 2015