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Graduation Information

Credit Requirements   FCPS requires a minimum of 25 credits to graduate.  This includes the minimum 21 credits beyond the 8th grade required by the Maryland State Board of Education and 4 additional credits that FCPS requires: 1 in math and 3 career pathway credits. Requirements are outlined in the chart to the right.

IMPORTANT:   Maryland graduation requirements are in transition. FCPS will communicate each high school student's individual graduation requirements at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Please see the following links for details.

Maryland Classroom May 2014 publication and FAQs:
http://fcps.ezcommunicator.net/edu/frederick/upload/9/2185.pdf

2014-2015 high school graduation assessment requirements:
http://fcps.ezcommunicator.net/edu/frederick/upload/9/2184.pdf
 
High School Assessments (HSA)   HSAs are state-level, end-of-course exams aimed at raising academic standards and preparing students to compete in the workplace and post-secondary education. High school students enrolled in Biology and Government must take the exams at the completion of each course.  Passing the HSAs is a graduation requirement; students must achieve one of the following in order to receive a diploma: 
  • pass the exams, or
  • earn a minimum total combined score 
Although as of June 2014 students can retake the HSAs as many times as necessary to pass, the state is considering regulations that would limit the number of retake opportunities. Extra help is available at all high schools, and Maryland's Bridge Plan is an alternative for some students who are unable to pass the exams despite receiving additional support. Discuss concerns with the school counselor or a teacher.
 
Get more detail about the HSAs.
 
Graduation Honors   Students who excel are eligible for a number of FCPS and Maryland graduation honors.  Find out more here.
 

Credit Requirements
 
Class

Credits

English.............................................

4

Social Studies .................................
3
Science............................................ 3
Mathematics..................................... 4***
Physical Education........................... 1/2
Health.............................................. 1/2
Fine Arts (Music, Art, Drama)............. 1
Technology Education....................... 1
  
Choose one of the following:
   Advanced Technology.....................
      + Electives.................................
2
3

OR


   World Language............................
      + Electives.................................
2*
3

OR


   State-Approved Career and 
       Technology Program..................
        + Elective................................
 
4
1
      
Electives from student’s career pathway** (including 1/2 credit in Personal Financial Literacy).........................................  3

Total Credits.................................. 25
*In the same language
** The FCPS High School Course Guide lists career pathways and offers more detailed course information.
***Math or a related approved course must be taken each year of high school.

School
Last Day of Instruction*
and Final Exams
Final Examinations*
Make-Up
Graduation
Rock Creek****

 
Friday, May 22
SUCCESS      Tuesday, May 26 (1 PM)
Frederick High***
Governor Thomas Johnson High****

May 22

 May 26

Monday, June 1

Middletown High***
Linganore High****
May 26

May 27

Tuesday, June 2
Walkersville High***
Catoctin High****
May 27

May 28

Wednesday, June 3
 Urbana High***
 Brunswick High****
 May 28  May 29  Thursday, June 4
Oakdale High**
Tuscarora High***
May 29

June 1

Friday, June 5
Frederick County Virtual School****



Monday, June 8
* Dates are subject to change ** 10 a.m. graduation
*** 2 p.m. graduation
**** 7 p.m. graduation
 
Last Modified on June 23, 2014