NJ State Minimum Graduation Requirements

 


Somerville High School is a comprehensive high school with a single curriculum.  This means that while there are certain courses required for graduation for all students, many of the subjects are elected by the student.  To a large extent the courses selected determine the type of post-high school opportunities available to the student.  The Somerville Board of Education mandates a minimum of 120 credits for graduation.  Each student is required to carry a minimum of 35 credits per year to maximize his/her educational program. 

 

 

Course and credit requirements for all students entering grade 9 in:

 

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY

20 credits aligned to grade 9 through 12 standards

 

MATHEMATICS

15 credits including algebra I and geometry or the content equivalent* and a third year of math that builds on the concepts and skills of algebra and geometry and prepares students for college and 21st century careers

 

SCIENCE

15 credits including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent*; an additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course including chemistry, environmental science or physics; and a third laboratory/inquiry-based science course

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

15 credits including satisfaction of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 2; five credits in world history; and the integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all course offerings

FINANCIAL, ECONOMIC BUSINESS, AND ENTREPRENEURIAL LITERACY

2.5 credits

 

HEALTH, SAFETY, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

3.75 credits in health, safety and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150  minutes per week, as required by N.J.S.A. 18A:35-5, 7 and 8.

Somerville High School has a local requirement of 5 credits of Health/PE per year 

WORLD  LANGUAGES

5 credits or student demonstration of proficiency

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

5 credits

21ST CENTURY LIFE AND CAREERS or CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION

5 credits

TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY

Consistent with the Core Curriculum Content Standards, integrated throughout the curriculum

TOTAL CREDITS

 (State Minimum)

120

 

* “Content equivalent” means courses or activities that include the same or equivalent knowledge and skills as those found in traditionally titled courses which are required for high school graduation and which are aligned with the Core Curriculum Content Standards.