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Course & Program of Studies

Graduation / Promotion Credit Requirements

All students must earned a minimum of 127 credits over 4 years
Course Work Class of 2025 Class of 2026 Class of 2027 Class of 2028

English

Must Pass 4 Years

12 Total 12 Total 12 Total 12 Total
Math

9 Total

including Algebra I & Geometry

9 Total

including Algebra I & Geometry

12 Total

including Algebra I, Algebra II & Geometry

12 Total

including Algebra I, Algebra II & Geometry

Science

9 Total

including Biology I

9 Total

including Biology I

9 Total

including Biology I

9 Total

including Biology I

History 7 Total 7 Total 7 Total 7 Total
Related

8.5 Total 

from Junior and Senior Year Only

8.5 Total 

from Junior and Senior Year Only

8.5 Total 

from Junior and Senior Year Only

8.5 Total 

from Junior and Senior Year Only

CVTE/SHOP Must Pass Must Pass Must Pass Must Pass
Phys. Ed./Health 3.5 Total 3.5 Total 3.5 Total 3.5 Total

Strategies / Literacy 

(Trimester Courses:1 credit each=3 credits)

6 Total

from Freshman & Sophomore Year

6 Total

from Freshman & Sophomore Year

6 Total

from Freshman & Sophomore Year

6 Total

from Freshman & Sophomore Year

* Attendance

No more than 3 Unexcused Absences per Trimester – 

9 total per year

No more than 3 Unexcused Absences per Trimester – 

9 total per year

No more than 3 Unexcused Absences per Trimester – 

9 total per year

No more than 3 Unexcused Absences per Trimester – 

9 total per year

* Career Portfolio
* Career Cruising
* Cannot Fail more than 6 Credits Senior Year 6 Credits Senior Year 6 Credits Senior Year 6 Credits Senior Year

Schedules

Student schedules must include 18 academic and 18 vocational credits per year. A  student must successfully pass all MCAS exams currently required by the  Commonwealth and earn a minimum of credits in the configuration described above, in  order to graduate with a high school diploma and a vocational certificate. 

Course Levels

College Prep (CP)

Advanced College Prep (ACP)

Honors (HON)

Advanced Placement (AP)

Class Rank

Rank in class is established by deriving a quality point average (Q.P.A.) based on points accumulated from the grade in each course.  

  • College Prep. 2 = 1.0 
  • College Prep. 1 = 1.1  
  • Honors course grades (marked with an *) = 1.25.  
  • Advanced Placement, college  
  • courses (marked with **) = 1.5

Valedictorian and Salutatorian are selected using the weighted Q.P.A. and rank in class. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be determined at the end of the second marking period of their senior year. Specific values are clearly illustrated in the “grading system” section of the Student Handbook. Students should note that outside evaluators often look at rank in class as a basis for making predictions regarding success in employment or Higher Education.

Mass Core and the Massachusetts Board

of Higher Education (BHE) Standards

All students must earned a minimum of 127 credits over 4 years
Subjects  MassCore Standards 

BHE Admissions Standards

* Most Colleges & Universities

English 4 units 4 courses
Math

4 units

Including completion of Algebra II or the Integrated Mathematics equivalent. A mathematics course during senior year is recommended for all students.  

Students may substitute one unit of Computer Science that includes rigorous mathematical concepts and aligns with the Digital Literacy and Computer Science  standards for a mathematics course.

4 courses 

Algebra I & II and Geometry or Trigonometry or comparable coursework including math during final year of high school

Science

3 units lab-based science

Coursework in technology / engineering courses may also count for MassCore science credit. Students may substitute one unit of Computer Science that includes rigorous scientific concepts and aligns with the Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards for a laboratory science course.

3 courses 

from Natural Science and/or Technology Engineering, including 3 with laboratory work.

History 3 units

2 courses 

including 1 course in U.S.History

Foreign Language

2 units

of the same language

The Arts 1 units  
Other

5 units 

Other additional coursework, including Career and Technical Education, or any of the above

2 courses

from the above subjects or from the Arts & Humanities or Computer Sciences

MassCore:

* State law (M.G.L. c. 71,s. 3) states: “Physical education shall be taught as a required subject in all grades for all students.” Health can be integrated into Physical Education, science, or taught as a stand-alone course.

** A unit represents a full academic year of study or its equivalent in a subject that covers all the standards contained in a specific Curriculum Framework.

*** Students enrolled in a state-approved Career and Technical Education program of studies have the option of opting out of World Language and Art and still fulfill MassCore.

**** Districts may designate students with demonstrated fluency and literacy in language(s) other than English as meeting the MassCore recommendations for World language.

Course Change Policy

Students select their courses in the spring each year for the  following school year. Students have the chance to review  course offerings, discuss their choices with their parents and  teachers, and review their choices with their guidance counselor  prior to submitting their final requests. Once these decisions  regarding their schedules are complete, course changes are  difficult, if not impossible to make.  

Schedule Change Procedure

  • Add/Drop Period 

While we encourage students to solidify schedule requests at the end of the previous  school year, there are circumstances that may necessitate a change at the start of the  school year. Students may request a change prior to September 30th by making an  appointment with their guidance counselor. Changes will be honored only for unusual  circumstances, and reassignments are subject to course availability. Students are not allowed to change courses due to teacher preference. Any level changes require a  parent, teacher, and/or department head signature. 

  • Changes Requested after September 30th 

Course changes after September 30th are extremely rare. In addition to the above  procedure, any course changes made after this date require completion of a Student  Schedule Change Form which requires approval of the parent, teacher, respective  department head and the sign-off of the guidance director. Any changes made after  September 30th are reflected on the student’s transcript (the original course will be  noted as a W= Withdrawal). 

  • Changes Requested after Mid-Term 

In addition to the above procedures, all changes requested after marks close for the first  mid-term must be approved by the parent, teacher, respective department head,  Academic and/or CVTE Principal and Director of Guidance. Any course change this late  in the school year would only be considered in an extraordinary circumstance.