Academics

 

Graduation Requirements  
In 2009, the commonwealth of Virginia’s Board of Education adopted new graduation requirements for students. The following are the new diploma options and their requirements.

Standard Diploma 
24 Credits

  Advanced Diploma
26 Credits

 English 9, 10, 11, 12               4 credits English 9, 10, 11, 12               4 credits
 Mathematics                            3 credits
 (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least
two course selections from among Algebra I, Geometry,  Algebra Functions and Data Analysis, or Algebra 2, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra 2.)
Mathematics                            4 credits
 (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at 
   least three course selections from among Algebra I, Geometry,
    or Algebra 2, or other mathematics courses above the level of              Algebra 2.)
 Laboratory Science              3 credits
 (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include
 course selections from at least two different science disciplines.  
Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. (Note:
Oceanography and Astronomy are in the Earth Science discipline.)
Laboratory Science              4 credits
 (Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include
 course selections from at least three different science disciplines.  
Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. (Note: 
Oceanography and Astronomy are in the Earth Science discipline.)
 History and Social Science   3 credits
 
(Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include
Virginia and U.S. History, Virginia and U.S. Government, and
one course in either world history or geography or both.
 History and Social Science   4 credits
 
(Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include 
Virginia and U.S. History, Virginia and U.S. Government, and 
two courses in either world history or geography or both.
 Health and Physical Education  2 credits

***first aid certification must be obtained for class of 2020
 and beyond
Health and Physical Education  2 credits

***first aid certification must be obtained for class of 2020
 and beyond

 Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education 1 credit                     
***Career and Technical certification test must be passed in
any one area prior to graduation              
Foreign Language          3 credits     
(Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be three of the same language or two years each of two languages.)

Economics and Personal Finance         1 credit

 Economics and Personal Finance         1 credit

 Required Courses                             17 credits
 Elective Courses                                 7 credits


* Any one credit course must be taken online

 TOTAL                                               24 credits
 Required Courses                             22 credits
 Elective Courses                                 4 credits


* Any one credit course must be taken online

 TOTAL                                               26 credits
  Note: a unit is a credit, one credit is given for each class passed       

 

 * Students must select from the courses approved by the State of Virginia and Portsmouth School Board; see Course of Study Guide

  Promotion requirements:

To be classified as a 10th Grader - 5 credits including English 9

To be classified as an 11th Grader - 10 credits including English 10

To be classified as a 12th Grader - 16 credits including English 11

SOL Requirements 

 

Standard Diploma

Advanced Diploma

2 English 11  2 English 11
1 Mathematics  2 Mathematics
1 Science  2 Science
1 Social Studies  2 History
1 Other SOL test the student has passed  1 Other SOL test the student has passed
Total = 6 Verified Credits for Graduation  Total = 9 Verified Credits for Graduation
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