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Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a diploma from Mars Area High School, a student must complete the courses and credits outlined below. Credits toward graduation are accumulated beginning with grade nine. The class of 2018 a total of 23.25* credits are required to graduate, as well as satisfactory completion of the Algebra I, English Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams. The following basic courses are required of all students in all curricula.

Course Credit Requirements

 

Class of 2018- 23.25 credits

Class of 2019- 23.35 credits

Class of 2020- 23.65 credits

Class of 2021- 24.75 credits

Class of 2022 and

beyond- 25 credits

English

4.0

credits

4.0

credits

4.0

credits

4.0

credits

4.0 credits

Social Studies

4.0

credits

4.0

credits

4.0

credits

4.0

credits

4.0 credits

Mathematics

3.0

credits

3.0

credits

3.0

credits

3.0

credits

3.0 credits

Science

3.0

credits

3.0

credits

3.0

credits

3.0

credits

3.0 credits

Health

0.45 credits

0.45 credits

0.75 credits

0.75 credits

1.0 credits

Physical Education

0.80 credits

0.90 credits

0.90 credits

1.0

credits

1.0 credits

Electives

8.0

credits

8.0

credits

8.0

credits

7.5

credits

7.5 credits

Communication

N/A

N/A

N/A

0.5

credits

0.5 credits

Arts and Humanities

N/A

N/A

N/A

1.0

credits

1.0 credits


*Note: Credit requirements for the class of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 and beyond are as follows: Class of 2019: 23.35 credits, Class of 2020: 23.65 credits, Class of 2021: 24.74 credits and the Class of 2022 and beyond: 25 credits


A one-credit course will meet one (1) period per day, five (5) days per week for a complete academic year (two semesters). Courses that are one (1) semester long will carry one-half credit. Courses that are one (1) quarter/term long will carry one-fourth credit.

  • Science Requirements: Students must successfully complete the following three (3) Science courses: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Mathematics Requirements: Students must successfully complete the following three (3) Mathematics courses: Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.
  • Technology Education Requirements: All 9th grade students must be enrolled in Foundations of Technology in the Technology Education area.
  • Business Education Requirements: All 9th grade students must be enrolled in Foundations of Business in the Business area.

 

Students will have a minimum number of credits that they must be enrolled in each year per the table below.

Grade

Minimum Number of Credits Enrolled

9th Grade

6.5 Credits

10th Grade

6.5 Credits

11th Grade

6.5 Credits

12th Grade

5.5 Credits


*Class of 2018 must schedule a minimum of 4.25 credits as a Senior
*Class of 2019 must schedule a minimum of 4.75 credits as a Senior.