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 AREA

COURSE

YEARS

CREDITS

Language Arts Literacy

 

English I, II, III, IV

4 years

20 credits

Mathematics

 

Mathematics

4 years

20 credits

Science

 

Science

4 years

20 credits

Social Studies

World History

1 year

5 credits

US History I, II

2 years

10 credits

Financial Literacy

½ year

2.5 credits

Semester Course

½ year

2.5 credits

World Language

 

World Language I, II

2 years

10 credits

Visual and Performing Arts

 

Visual and Performing Arts

1 year

5 credits

Health, Safety and Physical Education

 

Physical Education/Health I, II, III, IV

4 years

20 credits

21st Century Life and Careers,

or Career-Technical Education

 

Career-Technical Education Course

1 year

5 credits

Electives

Electives

2 years

10 credits

Total Credits

130 minimum credits

Additional Requirements:    b) Demonstrated mastery on State Assessments (HSPA or End of Course Exams);

                                                       c) 80 hours of Community Service;                                                     

                                                       d) Senior Thesis

 

To be eligible for sophomore status (10th grade), students must have earned 32.5 credits. To be eligible for junior status (11th grade), students must have earned 65 credits. To be eligible for senior status (12th grade), students must have earned 97.5 credits.

CREDITS: Each full year course earns 5 credits. Each half-year course earns 2.5 credits.  In a block schedule, a one-semester course is equivalent to 5 credits; a half-semester course earns 2.5 credits.