1. Twenty credits in language arts literacy aligned to grade nine through twelve standards;2. Fifteen credits in mathematics, including Algebra I and geometry and a third year of mathematics that builds on the concepts and skills of algebra and geometry and that prepares students for college and 21st century careers;3. Fifteen credits in social studies, including world history; U.S. history I and U.S. history II;4. Fifteen credits in science, including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science; one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course, and one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course;5. Three and three-quarters credits in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as one hundred fifty minutes per week, as required by N.J.S.A. 18A:35-5, 7 and 8;6. Five credits in visual and performing arts;7. Five credits in world languages or student demonstration of proficiency as set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a)2ii(2);8. Two and one-half credits in financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy;9. Technological literacy, consistent with the Core Curriculum Content Standards, integrated throughout the curriculum;10. Five credits in 21st century life and careers, or career-technical education;11. Electives as determined by the high school program sufficient to total a minimum of one hundred twenty (must be at least one hundred twenty) credits.
The high school graduation credit requirement may be met in whole or in part through program completion of a range of experiences that enable students to pursue a variety of personalized learning opportunities, as follows:
1. The district shall establish a process to approve individualized student learning opportunities that meet or exceed the Core Curriculum Content Standards.
a. Individualized student learning opportunities in all Core Curriculum Content Standards areas include, but are not limited, to the following:
(6) Structured learning experiences, including, but not limited to, work-based programs, internships, apprenticeships, and service learning experiences.
b. Individualized student learning opportunities based upon specific instructional objectives aimed at meeting or exceeding the Core Curriculum Content Standards shall:
(4) Be on file in the school district and subject to review by the Commissioner or designee.
c. Group programs based upon specific instructional objectives aimed at meeting or exceeding the Core Curriculum Content Standards shall be permitted and shall be approved in the same manner as other approved courses.
2. Any statutorily mandated requirements for earning a high school diploma; and3. Any Statewide assessment graduation requirements as determined by the New Jersey Department of Education.
1. Through the IEP process and pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-4.11 - Graduation, the district may specify alternate requirements for a State-endorsed diploma for individual students with disabilities as defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.3.
a. The district shall specifically address any alternate requirements for graduation in a student’s IEP, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:14-4.11.b. The district shall develop and implement procedures for assessing whether a student with a disability has met any alternate requirements for graduation individually determined in an IEP
1. The Board of Education shall award a State-endorsed high school diploma to prospective graduates who have met all of the requirements adopted in accordance with State and local Board of Education requirements.2. The Commissioner of Education shall award a State-issued high school diploma in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.2(c) and (d).
3. The Board of Education shall award a State-endorsed high school diploma to any currently enrolled student formally requesting an early award of the diploma in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.2(e) and Board Policy 5465.