Spring Grove Area High School - Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

The Spring Grove Area School Board has set that a minimum of 25 credits, including English 1 credit/year in Grades 9–12, Social Studies 1 credit/year in Grades 9–12, Math 3 credits, Science 3 credits, Health/Wellness 2 credits, Arts and Humanities courses (art; music; world language) along with various other credits. The project is completed during the junior year and consists of two components: a tangible project and an oral presentation.

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district. Pupils earn 1 credit for completion of their graduation project. Seniors must complete graduation project in their 11th grade year to be eligible for senior release. Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams. For the class of 2019, a Compositoo exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements. In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level. Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.

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