Students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2021-2022 must pass the following courses and earn at least 22 credits:
Four sequential English credits which shall be:
- Starting with English I
- English II
- English III
- English IV
Four Mathematics credits which shall be either:
- NC Math 1, 2, and 3 and a fourth mathematics course to be aligned with the student’s post-high school plans
- In the rare instance a principal exempts a student from the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence, except as limited by N.C.G.S. §115C-81(b), the student will be required to pass: NC Math 1 and Math 2 plus two additional courses identified on the NC DPI Math options chart.
Note: Credit shall be awarded for Math I, II, III if taken prior to the 2016-17 school year.
Three Science credits which shall be:
- a physical science course
- an earth/environmental science course
Four Social Studies credits which shall be:
- Founding Principles of the United States of America and North Carolina: Civic Literacy
- Economics and Personal Finance
- American History
- World History
One Health and Physical Education credit:
- Students are required to successfully complete CPR instruction to meet Healthful Living Essential Standards as a requirement for high school graduation.
- Accommodations/alternative assessments for students identified by ADA or IDEA will be provided.
Two Elective credits of any combination from either:
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) or
- Arts Education or
- World Language
Note: For clarification, possible elective combinations may include 2 World Language credits; or 1 CTE credit and 1 Arts Education credit; or 2 CTE credits; or 1 Arts Education credit and 1 World Language credit; or other combinations from a, b and c.
Four Elective credits from the following (four-course concentration recommended):
- Career and Technical Education (CTE)
- Arts Education (e.g., dance, music, theater arts, visual arts)
- Any other subject area or cross-disciplinary courses (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English and dual enrollment courses)