Graduation Requirements for 2016-17 School Year

 

Credit Requirements for Senior Status

In order to be recognized as a senior and placed in the senior class, students must have accrued at least 17 credits by the end of July prior to their senior year. If the student has not accrued the credits specified above, he/she will be designated as a junior and deemed not eligible to graduate the following June.

 

Credit Requirements for Junior Status

In order to be recognized as a junior, students must have accrued at least 10 credits by the end of July prior to their junior year. If the student has not accrued the credits specified above, he/she will be designated as a sophomore.

Credits

Students in the class of 2017 are required to earn 24 credits for graduation. The following chart of courses shall be included in the total credits required for graduation:

 

Current Juniors 

2017-2018 Graduation Requirements

 

Current Seniors

2016-2017 Graduation Requirements

Content Area

Credits

 

Content Area

Credits

English

4.0

 

English

4.0

Social Studies

4.0

 

Social Studies

4.0

Math

4.0*

 

Math

4.0*

Science

3.0

 

Science

3.0

Physical Education

(Fitness Foundations + PE Level II Elective) 

1.0

 

Physical Education

(Fitness Foundations + PE Level II Elective)  

1.0

Health

0.5

 

Health

0.5

Electives

(CP Financial Planning required 0.5 credits) 

7.5

 

Electives 

7.5

 

 

 

Total Credits

24.0

 

* Math (Algebra I, Algebra II, & Geometry) from the 8th grade may be carried for credit only.                                           

 

 

Transfer Students

The requirements will remain the same for a student who transfers in as a sophomore or junior as that of a current sophomore or junior already in the district. 

 

Attainment of Academic Standard

According to Wilson School District graduation policy (#217), besides the completion of the grades nine through twelve instructional program, the students graduating in 2019 and thereafter, must demonstrate the attainment of academic standards in biology, literature, and algebra at the “Proficient” level on Keystone exams.

 

Keystone End of Course Exams

The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.

  • Beginning with the class of 2013-2014, students will be required to take the Algebra I, Biology, and Literature Keystone exams if they are currently enrolled in these classes. If a student has completed the aforementioned courses in prior years, the student will be required to take the corresponding exam in January or May. 
  • The exams are comprised of two (2) modules one Multiple-Choice (MC) and one Constructed-Response (CR) items.
  • Students are required to achieve proficiency on all Keystone exams. If a student does not meet proficiency they will be required to take a remediation course(s)- Algebra Standards, Literature Standards, and/or Biology Standards.
  • The class of 2019 must earn proficiency on the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone exams in order to graduate. Students that do not earn proficiency on the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone exams by their senior year are required to complete a Project Based Assessment per the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This may require the student to be placed in a Project Based Assessment course(s) in order to complete the Project Based Assessment.

Summer School Eligibility

A student who has failed a course in Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Health, or Physical Education but attained a year-long average of at least 50% in the course is eligible to make up the credit during a five-week long summer school program held at Wilson High School at the student's expense.  Students attaining this required average will have a grade of 60% and summer school designated and recorded on their transcripts.
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