• Graduation Requirements for Class of 2009 through 2017

    Download Detailed PDF of Educational Requirements and Options in Secondary Schools (Administrative Procedure 6150)


    Effective with the Graduating Classes of 2009 through 2017 (entering freshman in Fall 2013), the graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are: 

    Subject Area

     Specific Credit Requirements


    4 credits


    3 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Common Core

    √ 1 in Geometry or Geometry Common Core

    √ 1 additional mathematics credit


    3 credits

    √ 1 in Biology

    √ 2 additional credits that must include laboratory experience in any or all of the following areas: earth science, life science, physical science

    Social Studies

    3 credits

    √ 1 in U.S. History

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    High School Assessment (HSA) Requirements
    • Algebra/Data Analysis, English 10, and Biology: Students who entered grade 9 in the fall of 2005 and later (COMAR 13A.03.02.09) must obtain either a passing score on Algebra/Data Analysis, English 10, and Biology or obtain an overall combined score of 1208 or 1602 (see below). Students who meet specific criteria may use the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation to meet the passing requirement. See questions 20 and 21 (pages 10-11) in the High School Graduation Requirements Questions and Answers (http://hsaexam.org/img/HS_ Grad_Q_A.pdf) for information about the Bridge Plan option.
    • Government: Students entering 9th grade in the 2012-13, 2011- 12, 2010-11, or 2009-2010 school years do not need to pass the Government HSA for graduation, but may use it if they pursue a combined score to satisfy this requirement. These students have two options:
      • Students MAY achieve a combined score of 1602 for English, Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, and Government.OR
      • Students MAY achieve a combined score of 1208 for English, Algebra/Data Analysis, and Biology
      • Students entering 9th grade in school year 2013-14 and beyond MUST either pass the Government HSA or include the Government HSA score to meet a combined score of 1602.

    Other Requirements

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    .50 credit √ Your Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    .50 credit √ Health Issues

    Technology Education

    1 credit  √ Foundations of Technology

    Completer** and Electives

    2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language (both credits must be in the same language per local requirements) and 3 credits in electives


    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and 3 credits in electives


    Complete (4–9 credits) a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-Approved sequence of courses

    and any remaining credits in electives

    Credits: Twenty-one (21) credits are required. Per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C, PGCPS has notified the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that four (4) credits must be earned after completion of Grade 11.

    Enrollment: The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the 8th grade unless on an approved option.

    Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally-developed, state-approved program that includes service learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection and a specified number of hours of independent service..

    **Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements.