Graduation Requirements Change in Charles County

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Graduation Requirements Change in Charles County

Charles County, MD - 8/18/2011

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has implemented a new graduation requirement for students. The change aligns with regulations adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education that requires local school systems to provide students with an instructional program in financial literacy.

Starting with this school year, students entering high school must complete a one-credit financial literacy course. This change does not apply to current sophomores, juniors and senior, and only affects students entering high school as freshman.

For students entering high school in fall 2011 and beyond, the following 23 credits are required:

  • English (English I, II, III and IV) – total of four credits;
  • mathematics (two algebra credits and one geometry credit) – total of three credits;
  • social studies (government, U.S History and world history) – total of three credits;
  • science (biology and two additional lab sciences) – total of three credits;
  • health – half a credit;
  • physical education – half a credit;
  • fine arts – one credit;
  • technology education – one credit;
  • financial literacy – one credit; and
  • electives – six credits.

The following 23 credits are required for students entering high school before fall 2011:

  • English (English I, II, III and IV) – total of four credits;
  • mathematics (two algebra credits and one geometry credit) – total of three credits;
  • social studies (government, U.S History and world history) – total of three credits;
  • science (biology and two additional lab sciences) – total of three credits;
  • health – half a credit;
  • physical education – half a credit;
  • fine arts – one credit;
  • technology education – one credit; and
  • electives – seven credits.

This information is up-to-date and is different from what is listed in the Charles County Public Schools 2011-12 Parent Handbook/Calendar. Please make a note of the changes. Information pertaining to graduation requirements is also highlighted in the High School Program of Studies, which is located on the school system Web site here: http://www2.ccboe.com/PDF/2011-12-programofstudies.pdf



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