High School Graduation Information


  • School Policies and Standards Minimum Requirements for High School Graduation (effective for incoming freshmen 2008-2009 through 2013-2014)
     
    LA CORE 4 CURRICULUM
    •  ENGLISH 4 UNITS  
      • Shall be English I, II, III, IV   
    • MATHEMATICS - 4 UNITS  
      • Shall be Algebra I or Algebra I-Part 2, Geometry, Algebra II   
      • The remaining mathematics unit shall come for the following:   Financial Math, Advanced Math—Pre-Calculus, Advanced Math—Functions and Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Math, or a locally–initiated elective approved by BESE as a math substitute 
    •  SCIENCE - 4 UNITS  
      • Shall be Biology I and Chemistry I 
      • The remaining 2 science units shall come from the following:  Physical Science, Integrated Science, 
      • Physics I, Physics of Technology I, Aerospace Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics II, Physics of Technology II, Agriscience II, Anatomy and Physiology, or a locally initiated elective approved by BESE as a science substitute
    •  SOCIAL SCIENCES - 4 UNITS  
      • Shall be ½ unit of Civics or AP American Government, ½ unit of Free Enterprise, American History
      • One remaining unit shall come from the following: World History, World Geography, Western Civilization, or AP European History
      • One remaining unit shall come from:  World History, World Geography, Western Civilization, AP European History, Law Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or African-American Studies  
    • HEALTH EDUCATION - 1/2 UNIT  
    • PHYSICAL EDUCATION -  1 ½ UNITS 
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE -  2 UNITS  (Shall be in the same foreign language or 2 Speech courses)  
    • ARTS - 1 UNIT (Shall be Fine Arts Survey, or 1 unit of Art, Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, or Applied Arts)  
    • ELECTIVES - 3 UNITS

     TOTAL: 24 UNITS  

    NOTE:   A student completing a Career and Technical Area of Concentration may substitute a BESE/Board of Regents approved IBC-related course from within the student’s Area of  Concentration for the fourth science unit, social studies unit and for the art unit.  


    School Policies and Standards Minimum Requirements for High School Graduation (effective for incoming freshmen 2008-2009 through 2013-2014)

    BASIC CORE CURRICULUM

    COURSES REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE GRANTED AN EXEMPTION FROM  LA CORE 4 AFTER COMPLETEING TWO YEARS HIGH SCHOOL    

    • ENGLISH - 4 UNITS  
      • English I, II, III, IV or Senior Applications in English  
    • MATHEMATICS - 4 UNITS 
      • Algebra I (1 unit); Algebra I, Part 1 and Algebra I, Part 2 (2 units); Geometry 
      • The remaining units shall come from the following:  Algebra II, Financial Math, Math Essentials,
      • Advanced Math—Pre-Calculus, Advanced Math—Functions and Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Math, or a locally-initiated elective approved by BESE as a math substitute
    • SCIENCE  - 3 UNITS 
      • Biology I
      • 1 unit from physical science cluster:  Physical Science, Integrated Science, Chemistry I, Physics I, Physics of Technology 1 
      • 1 unit from the following: Aerospace Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics II, Physics of Technology II, Agriscience II, Anatomy and Physiology, or an additional course from the physical science cluster.  
    • SOCIAL SCIENCES - 3 UNITS 
      • American History, ½ unit of Civics or AP American Government, ½ unit of Free Enterprise,  1 unit from the following:  World History, Western Civilization, World Geography, or AP European History.  
    • HEALTH EDUCATION - 1/2 UNIT  
    • PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 1 ½ UNITS  Note:  The substitution of JROTC is permissible.  
    • EDUCATION FOR CAREERS OR JOURNEY TO CAREERS *  - 1 UNIT 
      • Shall include the minimum courses required to complete a Career Area of Concentration*  
    • ELECTIVES - 7 UNITS 

     TOTAL:         24 UNITS        


    School Policies and Standards minimum Requirements for High School Graduation (effective for incoming freshmen 2010-2011 – 2013-2014)

     

    CAREER DIPLOMA CURRICULUM

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS/ GUARDIANS CHOOSING TO FOLLOW THE CAREER DIPLOMA GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

    •  ENGLISH - 4 UNITS 
      • English I, English II 
      • Two units from the following:  Technical Reading and Writing, Business English, Business Communications, Using Research in Careers (1/2 credit), American Literature (1/2 credit), Film in America (1/2 credit), English III, English IV, and Senior Applications in English.  
    • MATHEMATICS - 4 UNITS 
      • Algebra I (1 unit); Algebra I, Part 1 and Algebra I, Part 2 (2 units) 
      • The remaining units shall be from the following: Technical Math, Medical Math, Applications in Statistics and Probability, Financial Math, Math Essentials, Algebra II, Advanced Math—Pre-Calculus, and Discrete Math  
    • SCIENCE - 3 UNITS 
      • Biology I (1unit) 
      • One unit from the following physical science cluster: Physical Science, Integrated Science Chemistry I, ChemCom, Physics I, Physics of Technology. 
      • The remaining unit shall come from the following: Food Science, Forensic Science, Allied Health Science, Basic Body Structure and Function, Basic Physics with Applications, Aerospace Science, Earth Science, Agriscience II, Physics of Technology II, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Science, Biotechnology in Agriculture, Environmental Studies in Agriculture, Health Science II, EMT—Basic, or an additional course from the physical science cluster.  
    • SOCIAL STUDIES - 3 UNITS 
      • American History (1 unit), ½ unit of Civics, ½ unit of Free Enterprise 
      • One additional unit from the following:  American Government, Economics, Law Studies, Psychology, Sociology, African American Studies, Child Psychology and Parenthood Education.  
    • HEALTH - 1/2 UNITS  
    • PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 1 1/2 UNITS  
    • CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION - 7 UNITS
      • Education for Careers or Journey to Careers
      • 6 Credits required for a career Area of Concentration              

    TOTAL: 23 UNITS 


    TOPS UNIVERSITY DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

    For students entering 9th grade in 2014-2015 and beyond

    • ENGLISH - 4 UNITS 
      • English I, English II 
      • One unit from the following:  English III, AP® English Language Arts and Composition, IB® Literature, IB® Language & Literature, or IB® Literature & Performance
      • One unit from the following:  English IV, AP® English Literature and Composition, IB® Literature, IB® Language & Literature, or IB® Literature & Performance
    • MATHEMATICS - 4 UNITS 
      • Algebra I
      • Geometry
      • One unit:  Algebra II (Integrated Mathematics I, Integrated Mathematics II, and Integrated Mathematics III may be substituted for the Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II sequence)
      • One unit from the following: Algebra III; Advanced Math - Functions and Statistics, AdvancedMath - Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus, IB® Math Studies (Math Methods), Calculus, AP® Calculus AB, AP® Calculus BC, Probability and Statistics, AP® Statistics, IB® Mathematics SL, or IB® Mathematics HL
    • SCIENCE - 4 UNITS   
      • Biology I (1unit)   Chemistry I
      • Two units from the following:  Earth Science; Environmental Science; AP® Environmental Science or IB® Environmental Systems; Physical Science, Agriscience I and Agriscience II (the elective course Ag I is a prerequisite for Ag II); one of Chemistry II, AP® Chemistry, IB® Chemistry I, or IB® Chemistry II; Physics I, or IB® Physics I; one of AP® Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP® Physics C: Mechanics, or IB® Physics II AP® Physics I, AP® Physics II; one of Biology II, AP® Biology, IB® Biology I, or IB® Biology II
    • SOCIAL STUDIES - 4 UNITS 
      • One unit from the following: U.S. History, AP® U.S. History, IB® History of the Americas I
      • One unit from the following:  Government, AP® U.S. Government and Politics: Comparative, AP® U.S. Government and Politics: United States, or Civics
      • Two units from the following:  One of Western Civilization, European History, or AP® European History; one of WorldGeography, AP® Human Geography, or IB® Geography; World History or AP® World History; IB® History of the Americas II; Government, Economics; AP® Macroeconomics; AP® Microeconomics; or IB® Economics
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE - 2 UNITS
      • Foreign Language, both units in the same language, which may include the following: 
        • American Sign Language I, II, III, IV; B® Language ab initio: Arabic, IB® Language B: Arabic; AP® French Language and Culture, IB® Language ab initio: French, IB® Language B: French, French III, IV; AP® German Language and Culture, IB®Language ab initio: German, IB® Language B: German, German III, IV; AP® Latin, IB® Classical Language, Latin III, IV; AP® Spanish Language and Culture, IB® Language ab initio: Spanish, IB® Language B: Spanish, Spanish III, IV; AP® Chinese Language and Culture, IB® Language ab initio: Chinese, or IB® Language B: Chinese, Chinese III, IV; AP® Italian Language and Culture, IB® Language ab initio: Italian, IB® Language B: Italian, Italian III, IV; AP® Japanese Language and Culture, IB® Language an initio: Japanese, IB® Language B: Japanese, Japanese III, IV, or other approved courses identified by LDE
    • ART - 1 UNIT
      • One unit from the following:  Visual Arts courses (Bulletin 741 §2333), Music courses (Bulletin 741 §2355), Dance courses (Bulletin 741 §2337), Theatre courses (Bulletin 741 §2369), Speech III and IV (one unit combined), Fine Arts Survey, Drafting
    • HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 2 UNITS   
      • Physical Education I
      • ½ Unit from the following:  Physical Education II, Marching Band, Extracurricular Sports, Cheering, or Dance Teams
      • ½ Unit from the following:  Health Education (JROTC I and II may be used to meet the Health Ed)
    • ELECTIVES - 3 UNITS

     TOTAL: 24 UNITS 


    JUMP START TOPS TECH (Career Diploma) COURSE REQUIREMENTS[1]

    For students entering 9th grade in 2014-2015 and beyond

    • ENGLISH - 4 UNITS 
      • English I, English II 
      • Two units from the following:  English III, English IV, AP® or IB® English courses, Business English, Technical Writing, or comparable Louisiana Technical College courses offered by Jump Start regional teams as approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
    • MATHEMATICS - 4 UNITS 
      • Algebra I; Algebra I, Part 1 and Algebra I, Part 2; or an applied or hybrid Algebra course
      • Three units from the following:  Geometry, Math Essentials, Financial Literacy (formerly Financial Math), Business Math, Algebra II, Algebra III, Advanced Math - Functions and Statistics, Advanced Math - Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus, or comparable Louisiana Technical College courses offered by Jump Start regional teams as approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
    • SCIENCE - 2 UNITS
      • Biology I
      • One unit from the following: Chemistry I, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Agriscience I and Agriscience II (one unit combined), or AP® or IB® Science Courses 
    • SOCIAL STUDIES - 2 UNITS
      • (One credit of Civics may be substituted for any two of the one-half credit Social Studies courses specified) U.S. History, AP U.S. History, IB® History of the Americas I
      • ½ credit from the following: Government, AP® U.S. Government and Politics: Comparative, or AP® U.S. Government and Politics: United States
      • ½ credit from the following: Economics, AP® Macroeconomics, or AP® Microeconomics  
    • HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION (JROTC may be substituted for PE) - 2 UNITS 
      • Physical Education I
      • ½ Unit from the following: Physical Education II, Marching Band, Extracurricular Sports, Cheering, or Dance Teams ½ Unit from the following:  Health Education (JROTC I and II may be used to meet the Health Ed requirements
    • JUMP START - 9 UNITS
      • Jump Start course sequences, workplace experiences, and credentials as approved in Regional Jump Start proposals.

    TOTAL:          23 UNITS 


    JUMP START REQUIRED CREDENTIALS   

    Students must attain an approved statewide or regional credential in order to graduate. 

     

    JUMP START REQUIRED TESTING   

    When students take a course corresponding with an End-of-Course test, students are required to take the test. Students remain required to score at least a “Fair” on three of six courses.  

    Students also must take the EPAS tests: Explore, Plan, and ACT. Jump Start teams may elect to have students pursuing the Career Diploma take the WorkKeys test in addition to the ACT. The Department of Education will establish a policy creating score level equivalents between the ACT and WorkKeys. A student’s highest equivalent score, resulting of the student’s score on either the ACT or WorkKeys, would generate ACT index accountability points. 

    NOTE:  Graduating seniors will be dismissed two weeks prior to the last day of school.  

    Admission Requirements for Enrollment in Louisiana Public Post-Secondary Programs

    Parents should contact a university’s admissions office or your high school guidance counselor for assistance.   

     [1] A student shall complete a regionally-designed, district-implemented series of Career and Technical Education Jump Start coursework and workplace-based learning experiences leading to a statewide or regional Jump Start credential. Each student’s Jump Start graduation pathway shall include courses and workplace experiences specific to the credential, courses related to foundational career skills requirements, and other courses (including career electives) that the Jump Start regional team determines are appropriate for the career pathway.

    NOTE:  In order to meet the current TOPS Tech requirement students will need to complete an additional 3rd unit of science, 3rd unit of social studies, and a credit in a basic computer course. (The LDOE will be working with the Legislature during the next session in an attempt to harmonize the requirements of Jump Start and TOPS Tech.)