As students enter high school they begin preparing for life beyond graduation whether that means pursuing further education or starting a career. Choices students make while in high school affect opportunities available to them after they graduate so the high school curriculum focuses on academic rigor and personalizing the high school experience for each student.
Students entering high school after the 2012-2013 school year follow the Future Ready Core graduation requirements. In order to graduate from any high school in North Carolina a student must complete the following:
- 4 Credits in English including I, II, III, and IV
- 4 Credits in Math including Math I, II, III, and a fourth math course aligned with the student's post-graduation plans
- 3 Credits in Science including Biology, a physical science, and earth/environmental science
- 4 Credits in Social Studies including World History, American History I and II, and Civics and Economics
- 1 Credit of Health and Physical Education
- 6 Credits of Electives made up of:
- 2 Credits from any combination of CTE, the Arts, or World Languages
- 4 Credits from one of the CTE, JROTC, the Arts, or any other subject area (A four course concentration in one of these areas is highly recommended)
- 4 Additional Elective Credits
(Please note that credits in world languages are not
required for high school graduation, but they are required
as part of the University of North Carolina System's minimum admission requirements.)
Some high schools may have additional requirements related to their magnet programming such as community service or a capstone project. Please check with your high school's guidance counselor for more detailed information.