Graduation Requirements

  • To receive the regular high school diploma presented by the School Board, students will be required to satisfactorily and fully complete a course of study that meets those requirements established by the State Board of Education and the district.
     
    Graduation Requirements  Revised Aug.. 2021 
     

    Students will be required to complete a minimum of 22.5 credits*, and distributed within the following subject areas:


    English (4 credits)

    • English 9: 1 credit (2 semesters)
    • English 10: 1 credit (2 semesters)

    Graduation Class 2024 or later:

    • American Literature: .5 credit (1 semester)
    • Other Literature Course: .5 credit (1 semester)
    • Writing-Intensive Course: .5 credit (1 semester)
    • English Elective: .5 credit (1 semesters)

    Graduation Class 2021 – 2023:

    • American Literature (English 11): .5 credit (1 semester)
    • British or World Literature (English 12): .5 credit (1 semester)
    • English Elective: 1 credit (2 semesters)

    Health (0.5 credit)

    Mathematics (3 credits)

    • Algebra I: 1 credit (2 semesters)
    • Additional Math: 2 credits (4 semesters)

    Physical Education (1.5 credits)

    Graduation Class of 2024 and beyond:

    • Students may earn ¼ credit of the physical education requirement for each full season of participation in approved interscholastic or intramural athletic competition. The total credit earned shall not exceed one-full credit.

    Graduation Class 2021-2023

    • Students may have ¼ credit of the physical education requirement waived for each full season of participation in approved interscholastic or intramural athletic competition. The total credit waived shall not exceed one-full credit. Elective credit must be earned to replace the physical education requirement that is waived. A waiver of credit under this section does not affect the overall minimum requirements of 22.5* credits.

    Science (3 credits)

    • Physical Science: 1 credit (2 semesters)
    • Biological Science: 1 credit (2 semesters)
    • Additional Science: 1 credit (2 semesters)

    Social Studies (3.5 credits)

    • Alaska Studies: 0.5 credit (1 semester)
    • World Studies: 1 credit (2 semesters)
    • United States Studies: 1 credit (2 semesters)
    • Contemporary Government Studies: 0.5 credit (1 semester)
    • Contemporary Economic Studies: 0.5 credit (1 semester)

    Electives (7 credits)

    TOTAL = 22.5 credits

    Specific course requirements in each subject area are set forth in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District High School Course Catalog. Students will meet the requirements in the Course Catalog dated their freshman year.

    * One-half (.5) credit is awarded for satisfactorily completing a required or elective course, which is one semester in length.

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