• Graduation Requirements

    Graduation Requirements


  • Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2018 through 2020

    Effective with the Graduating Classes of 2018 through 2020 (entering freshman of Fall 2014 through Fall 2016), graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows.Note updates effective with the class of 2019 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015). Seethe Required Subject Area Descriptions pages in Administrative Procedure 6150 for further descriptions of requirements.

    SUBJECT AREA

    SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

    ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

    English

    4 credits

     

    Students must satisfy one of the following:
    (a) Meet the requirements as established by MSDE on the Maryland assessments for Algebra 1, Biology, English 10, and Government.
    (b) Achieve a combined score(s) as established by MSDE on the Maryland assessments;
    (c) Achieve a score as established by MSDE approved substitute assessments for Algebra, Biology, English, and Government, aligned with the Maryland assessments such as Advanced Placement examinations, SAT I, SAT II, ACT, and International Baccalaureate examinations;
    (d) In school years 2016—2017 and beyond, if a student is unable to meet the above requirements, then they must satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation, or
    (e) Prior to the 2016—2017 school year, if a student has taken an HSA-aligned or PARCC-aligned Algebra I and/or English 10 course and has passed the course(s) but failed the assessment aligned with the course(s) that student is exempt from completing a Bridge Plan for Academic Validation.
    See Assessment Requirements pages for additional information and specific information on government.

     

     

     

    Mathematics

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1

    √ 1 in Geometry

    √ 1 additional mathematics credit

    √ Enrollment in a math course each year in high school

     

     

    Science

    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 II

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    .50 credit   √ Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    .50 credit   √ Health Issues

    Technology Education

    1 credit

    Completer** and Electives

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

    2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language (both credits must be in the same language per local requirements) and any remaining credits in electives
    Effective with the class of 2019 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015), PGCPS no longer requires two years of the same world language for students beginning a Level 1 course in high school. MSDE requires that American
    Sign Language be taken in sequential order to meet graduation requirements.OR
    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and any remaining credits in electives OR
    Complete (4–9 credits) a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses and any remaining credits in electives

    Prerequisites: Enrollment in a course may be allowed only if a previous course has been completed. See the High School Courses and Programs of Study publication which describes the content of each course offered in Prince George’s County Public Schools and course prerequisites.

    Credits: Twenty-one (21) credits are required. Per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C, Effective with the Class of 2019 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015), students must be enrolled in a minimum of four courses each semester after grade 11. The minimum of four courses per semester must include at least one high school course; remaining courses may include Dual Enrollment. All MSDE graduation requirements must be satisfied.

    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.

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    Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2021 and beyond

    Effective with the Graduating Class of 2021 (entering freshman of Fall 2017), graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows. Note updates effective with the class of 2019 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015) See the Required Subject Area Descriptions pages in Administrative Procedure 6150 for further descriptions of enrollment requirements.

    SUBJECT AREA

    SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

    ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

    English

    4 credits

    Pursuant to COMAR 13A.03.02.09, students must:
      a. Achieve a passing score on the Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA) and Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) for Algebra I and English 10, in the following way:
      (i) For school years 2016—2023, a score of 725 and
      (ii) Assessment in English 10 and/or Algebra I, the passing score on the retest shall be the passing score in the year in which the student first took the assessment.
      b. Achieve a passing score as established by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) on the Maryland High School Assessment for Government.
      c. Students are required to take the High School Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA).
      d. Achieve a combined score(s) as established by MSDE on the assessments;
      e. If a student has not achieved a passing score on the ssessment in English 10 and/or Algebra I, achieve a score as established by MSDE on MSDEapproved assessments for Algebra, and/or English, aligned with the Maryland
      assessments such as Advanced Placement examinations, SAT, ACT, and International Baccalaureate examinations; or
      f. Except for students described in Regulation .06F of this chapter, if a student is unable to meet the requirements in §B(3)(a)—(d) of this regulation, then satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation as set forth in Regulation .06D of this chapter.

    Mathematics

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1

    √ 1 in Geometry

    √ 1 additional mathematics credit

    √ Enrollment in a math course each year in high school

    Science

    3 lab science credits (one from each category)

    √ 1 in Life Science (Biology)

    √ 1 in Physical Science (Biogeochemical Systems, Chemistry, Honors/PDP/ST Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, IB Biology 1, IB Chemistry 1, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1 or 2, or AP Environmental Science)

    √ 1 additional credit in Earth and Space Science (Biogeochemical Systems, Honors/PDP/ST Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science, or AP Environmental Science)

    Social Studies

    3 credits

    √ 1 in U.S. History II

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    .50 credit   √ Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    .50 credit   √ Health Issues

    Technology Education

    1 credit

    Completer** and Electives

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

    2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language and any remaining credits in electives Effective with the class of 2019 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015), PGCPS no longer requires two years of the same world language for students beginning a Level 1 course in high school. MSDE requires that American Sign Language be taken in sequential order to meet graduation requirements.

    OR

    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and any remaining credits in electives

    OR

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

    and any remaining credits in electives

    Prerequisites: Enrollment in a course may be allowed only if a previous course has been completed. See the High School Courses and Programs of Study publication which describes the content of each course offered in Prince George’s County Public Schools and course prerequisites.
    Credits: Twenty-One (21) credits are required for graduation per COMAR 13A.03.02.03. Effective with the Class of 2019 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015), students must be enrolled in a minimum of four courses each semester after grade 11. The minimum of four courses per semester must include at least one high school course; remaining courses may include Dual Enrollment. All MSDE graduation requirements must be satisfied.
    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.

     

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    High School Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

    • All students with disabilities must meet minimum credit requirements before graduating and receiving a high school diploma.
    • All students with disabilities must meet current testing requirements in order to earn a high school diploma.
    • All students with disabilities must meet the Student Service-Learning requirement in order to earn a high school diploma. Refer to Administrative Procedure 6151 Student Service-Learning Graduation Guidelines for additional information.

    A Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion can be awarded to students with disabilities who cannot meet the requirements for a diploma, but who meet one of the following standards:

    1. The student is enrolled in an education program for at least 4 years beyond Grade 8 or its age equivalent, and is determined by his/her IEP team, with the agreement of the student and the parents of the student, to have developed appropriate skills for the individual to enter the world of work, act responsibly as a citizen, and enjoy a fulfilling life, with the world of work including but not limited to gainful employment, post-secondary education and training, supported employment, and other services that are integrated in the community, or
    2. The student has been enrolled in an education program for 4 years beyond Grade 8 or its age equivalent and will have reached age 21 by the end of the student’s current school year.

    The Maryland Summary of Performance that describes the student’s skills shall accompany the Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion.

    The final decision to award a student with disabilities a Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion will not be made until after the beginning of the student’s last year in high school.

    A student with significant cognitive disability may not meet high school graduation requirements, if a student participates in an Alternative Assessment based on Alternative Academic Achievement Standards (AA-AAAS) and continues to receive instruction based on Alternative Academic Achievement Standards through high school.

    For additional information see COMAR Diplomas and Certificates at http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/comarhtml/13a/13a.03.02.09.htm

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