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P 2525 Graduation Requirements

For students graduating in 2015-2018 (entering ninth grade in Fall 2011-14), the following requirements are necessary to graduate from Carthage High School. Credits are counted beginning with the ninth grade. Exception: For students entering the eighth grade in Fall 2010-2013, Algebra I (taken during the eighth grade) counts as a math credit toward graduation.

Credit Requirements

 

Minimum for Graduation

Cum Laude

Magna Cum Laude

Summa Cum Laude

English Language Arts

4a

4

4

4

Social Studies

3b

3

3

3

Mathematics

3c

31

41,2

41,2

Science

3d

33

43,4

43,4

Foreign Language

-

25

26

26

Fine Arts

1

1

1

1

Practical Arts

  • Personal Finance
  • Computer Applications

 

.5
.5

 

.5
.5

 

.5
.5

 

.5
.5

Physical Education

1

1

1

1

Health

.5

.5

.5

.5

Personal Communications (Speech)

.5

.5

.5

.5

General Electives

10

8

8

8

TOTAL CREDITS

27

27

29

29

Minimum Grade Point Average

 

3.5

3.75

4.0

  1. Students must take the English 2 End of Course Exam.
  2. Students must earn a minimum of ½ credit in U.S. Government (Class of 2016, 2017), 1 credit of U. S. Government (Class of 2018) and 1 credit of U.S. History. Students must also take the U.S. Government End of Course Exam as well as pass the Missouri and U.S. Constitution tests.
  3. Algebra 1 taken during the eighth grade will be computed into a student's high school cumulative grade point average. Pre-Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and Elements of Geometry do not count toward honors or NCAA eligibility. Students must take the Algebra 1 End of Course Exam.
  4. Students must take the Biology End of Course Exam.
  1. Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra 2. Algebra 1 taken during eighth grade will be computed into a student's high school cumulative grade point average. Algebra 1 taken during eighth grade counts toward honors requirements. Pre-Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and Elements of Geometry do not count toward honors or NCAA eligibility.
  2. One full credit of higher-level math: College Algebra (.5), Trigonometry (.5), Math Analysis (.5), Calculus, A.P. Calculus (1) ACT Math does not count towards honors.
  3. Ninth grade Science, Biology, Chemistry, or any higher-level science class. Conceptual Biology and Environmental Science does not count towards honors. Conceptual Biology does not count toward NCAA eligibility.
  4. One credit of higher-level science: A.P. Biology, A.P. Chemistry, A.P. Physics (1 or 2), Dual Credit Survey of Physical Science, or Dual Credit Anatomy and Physiology.
  5. Both credits must be in same foreign language.
  6. Both credits must be in same foreign language, with no choice for substituting an additional math and science for the second year. A third year in the same foreign language may replace the one additional credit in math or science.

For students graduating in 2019 (entering ninth grade in Fall 2015), and thereafter, the following requirements are necessary to graduate from Carthage High School. Credits are counted beginning with the ninth grade.

Credit Requirements

 

Minimum for Graduation

Cum Laude

Magna Cum Laude

Summa Cum Laude

English Language Arts

4a

4

4

4

Social Studies

3b

3

3

3

Mathematics

3c

31

41,2

41,2

Science

3d

33

43,4

43,4

Foreign Language

-

25

26

26

Fine Arts

1

1

1

1

Practical Arts

  • Personal Finance
  • Computer Applications

 

.5
.5

 

.5
.5

 

.5
.5

 

.5
.5

Physical Education

1

1

1

1

Health

.5

.5

.5

.5

Personal Communications (Speech)

.5

.5

.5

.5

General Electives

10

8

8

8

TOTAL CREDITS

27

27

29

29

Minimum Grade Point Average

 

3.5

3.75

4.0

  1. Students must take the English 2 End of Course Exam.
  2. Students must earn 1 credit in U.S. Government and 1 credit in U.S. History. Students must also take the U.S. Government End of Course Exam as well as pass the Missouri and U.S. Constitution tests.
  3. Students taking 8th grade Algebra 1 must take an additional 3 math credits in high school (9-12). Algebra 1 taken during the eighth grade will be computed into a student’s high school cumulative grade point average. Pre-Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and Elements of Geometry do not count toward honors or NCAA eligibility. Students must take the Algebra 1 End of Course Exam.
  4. Students must take the Biology End of Course Exam.
  1. Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. Algebra 1 taken during eighth grade also counts toward honor requirements and will be computed into a student's cumulative grade point average. Students taking 8th grade Algebra 1 must take an additional 3 math credits in high school.
  2. One full credit of higher-level math: College Algebra (.5), Trigonometry (.5), Math Analysis (.5), Calculus, A.P. Calculus (1) ACT Math does not count towards honors.
  3. Ninth grade Science, Biology, Chemistry, or any higher-level science class. Conceptual Biology and Environmental Science does not count towards honors. Conceptual Biology does not count toward NCAA eligibility.
  4. One credit of higher-level science: A.P. Biology, A.P. Chemistry, A.P. Physics (1 or 2), Dual Credit Survey of Physical Science, or Dual Credit Anatomy and Physiology.
  5. Both credits must be in same foreign language.
  6. Both credits must be in same foreign language, with no choice for substituting an additional math and science for the second year. A third year in the same foreign language may replace the one additional credit in math or science.

For the graduating classes of 2016 and beyond, state regulations may mandate additional End of Course Exams and End of High School testing.

Class standings are determined from the fourth quarter progress report grades or first semester grades for December graduates. Junior graduates are not figured into the final class standing of the graduating senior class.

Variations from Normal

  1. A student must earn 27 credits to receive a Carthage High School diploma. All diplomas earned will be distributed after the spring graduation ceremony. Junior and seventh semester senior graduates may participate in prom and all graduation functions.
  2. A provision for part-time attendance has been provided to eleventh and twelfth grade students who are at least sixteen (16) years of age.
  3. Students who are enrolled in the Basic Skills program will be required to meet the required units for graduation.  An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be developed for each student. Changes in the required units of credit may be deemed necessary. If so, such changes will be made by the multidisciplinary team and entered in the student’s IEP.
  4. In addition to the program of study for graduation, a student must pass proficiency exams concerning American history, American institutions, and the Missouri and the United States constitutions to qualify for graduation from the District.
  5. No student shall graduate without successfully completing a course of instruction of at least one (1) semester in length on the institutions, branches and functions of the government of the State of Missouri, including local governments; the United States government; and the electoral process. 
  6. Students who complete a three-unit career and technical education program of studies may apply for a waiver of one unit of academic credit. The three-unit career and technical program must constitute a planned program leading to specific career-related competencies, not simply any three units of credit. The academic subject in which the waiver is granted must be one in which the student exhibits significant learning in the career and technical education program. For example, students completing a three-unit pre-engineering or bio-medical program might be permitted to waive one unit of an elective science.
  7. The District will accept courses offered through Missouri’s K-12 Virtual Instructional Program (MoVIP) as units of credit meeting state and local graduation requirements beginning with the 2007-08 school year provided, however, the quantity and quality of completed student works meet standards applicable to the District’s traditional program.  (See Policy 6190, Virtual Instruction Program).
  8. Eligible students as defined in Regulation 2525 may pursue a timely graduation from high school through the School Flex Program. Eligible students participating in the School Flex Program will be considered full-time students.

Board Approved Date: May 19, 2014
Last Updated: August 2015