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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 following basic courses are required of all students in all curricula.


Subject

Class of 2021
(24.75 credits)

Class of 2022
& Beyond

(25.0 credits)

English

4.0 credits

4.0 credits

Social Studies

4.0 credits

4.0 credits

Mathematics

3.0 credits

3.0 credits

Science

3.0 credits

3.0 credits

Health &
Physical Education

1.25 credits

1.5 credits

Electives

8.0 credits

8.0 credits

Communication

0.5 credits

0.5 credits

Arts and Humanities

1.0 credits

1.0 credits

 

A one-credit course will meet one (1) period per day, five (5) days per week for a complete academic year (two (2) semesters). Courses that are one (1) semester long will carry one-half credit.

  • Science Requirements: Students must successfully complete the following three Science courses: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Mathematics Requirements: Students must successfully complete the following three 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.
  • Health & Physical Education Requirements: All students must successfully complete the Health 9 course as part of the Health and Physical Education Requirements.


All students must meet these requirements to graduate from Mars Area High School and participate in commencement exercises.