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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.
 
High School Assessments (HSA)   The High School Assessments are state-level, end-of-course exams aimed at raising academic standards and preparing graduates to compete in the workplace and post-secondary education. Middle and high school students enrolled in Algebra/Data Analysis, English 10 and Biology 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 total combined score of at least 1208
Students can retake the HSAs as many times as necessary to pass. 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.

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

 
May 16
Frederick High***
Governor Thomas Johnson High****

May 19

 May 20

May 27

Brunswick High**
Middletown High***
Linganore High****
May 20

May 21

May 28
Catoctin High**
Walkersville High
***
Urbana High****
May 21

May 22

May 29
Oakdale High**
Tuscarora High***
May 22

May 23

May 30
Frederick County Virtual School****

May 23


June 2
* Dates are subject to change** 10 a.m. graduation
*** 2 p.m. graduation
**** 7 p.m. graduation
 
Last Modified on July 18, 2013