NJ State Minimum Graduation RequirementsUPDATED 2/14/17: State of New Jersey Testing Requirements for Graduation
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:
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY
20 credits aligned to grade 9 through 12 standards
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
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
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
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
5 credits or student demonstration of proficiency
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
21ST CENTURY LIFE AND CAREERS or CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Consistent with the Core Curriculum Content Standards, integrated throughout the curriculum
* “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.