In addition to better aligning our academic standards with national standards, Tennessee is also implementing more rigorous graduation requirements. These changes will challenge our students and better prepare them for college and the workforce.

Current Basic High School Requirements

Requirements for Students Beginning High School in Fall 2009

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 20

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 22

MATH: 3 Credits

Including either Geometry or Algebra II

MATH: 4 Credits 

Including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course

SCIENCE: 3 Credits

Including one physical science course and Biology

SCIENCE: 3 Credits

Including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course

ENGLISH: 4 Credits

ENGLISH: 4 Credits

SOCIAL STUDIES: 3 Credits

SOCIAL STUDIES: 3 Credits

WELLNESS: 1 Credit

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND WELLNESS:

1.5 Credits

 

PERSONAL FINANCE: .5 Credits

ELECTIVE: 6 Credits

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 2 Credits

FINE ARTS: 1 Credit

May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance the elective focus

 

ELECTIVE FOCUS: 3 Credits

Math and Science, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)

 

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE:

Requirements to be determined by local Board of Education

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