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High School Course Requirements

Students earn unit credits for courses listed in State Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.03: List of Funded K-8 Subjects and 9-12 Courses.

Courses Unit Credits Required
English/Language Arts 4
Mathematics 4
Science 4
Social Studies 4
Career Technical & Agricultural Education; Modern Language, Latin, and/or Fine Arts 3
Health and Physical Education 1
Electives 4
Total Units (Minimum) 24

A.  English/Language Arts

Four units of English shall be required, including one unit of American Literature/Composition. Courses are to be taken in sequence unless extenuating circumstances are well documented by the principal in the student’s permanent records.

B.  Mathematics

  1. Four units of mathematics are required of all students to include:
  2. Coordinate Algebra or Algebra I or the equivalent
  3. Analytic Geometry or Geometry or the equivalent
  4. Advanced Algebra or Algebra II or the equivalent

One additional unit to be selected from the list of Georgia Standards of Excellence, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or dual enrollment designated courses.   

Students who complete the alternative sequence Coordinate Algebra/Analytic Geometry or Algebra I/Geometry followed by Pre-Calculus and a fourth mathematics course optionhave met the mathematics graduation requirement.

C.  Science

Students shall earn four (4) units in science including one full unit of Biology; one unit of either Physical Science or Physics; one unit of either Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science or an Advanced Placement course; and one additional science unit. The fourth science may be used to meet both the science and elective requirements. Any AP science course may be substituted for the appropriate courses listed above. 

D.  Social Studies

Four units of credit shall be required in social studies:  one in World History, one in Economics, one in U.S. History, and one in Government/Citizenship. 

E.  Health and Physical Education
Students shall earn half a unit of Health and half a unit of Physical Education, Personal Fitness or Advanced Physical Fitness to satisfy the requirement of one unit of Health and P.E. Courses in Physical Education shall be taken to enhance lifelong fitness through physical activities rather than development of athletic performance.  Three units of JROTC may substitute for the Health and P.E. requirement.
F. Fine Arts
Any course or combination of courses from the Fine Arts area may be selected to earn unit credit to satisfy the requirements in Fine Arts/Music for Core Area of Study V.  Any of the courses may be used to satisfy the elective unit requirements.

G. Foreign Language
Two units of the same foreign language are required for students who plan to pursue a college degree.  Foreign Language courses may be used to satisfy the elective unit requirements. Students whose native language is not English may be considered to have met the foreign language requirement by exercising the credit in lieu of enrollment option if they are proficient in their native language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) with credit being established through a formal examination.  Any of the courses may be used to satisfy the elective unit requirements.