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Arkansas Graduation Requirements

SMART CORE CURRICULUM DIPLOMA

24 units of credit required by Springdale Public Schools

English—­4 units

  • English 9th grade*

  • English 10th grade*

  • English 11th grade*

  • English 12th grade*

Mathematics—­4 units; (or 3 units of Math and 1 unit of Computer Science*) At least one MATH unit must be taken in 11th or 12th grade

  • Algebra I*

  • Geometry*

  • Algebra II*

  • Fourth Math—­As Approved ADE or approved Computer Science** (­Choice of: Math Ready, Algebra III, Calculus, Linear Systems and Statistics, Mathematical Applications and Algorithms, Pre-­Calculus, or an Advanced Placement mathematics)

Natural Science­—3 units with lab experience (or 2 units with lab experience and 1 unit of Computer Science*)

  • Biology - 1 unit

  • Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics or ADE approved Computer Science** - 2 units (a maximum of 1 computer science credit may count for this requirement)

Social Studies—­3 units

  • Civics*­ – ½ unit

  • World History*­ - 1 unit

  • American History*­ - 1 unit

  • other social studies* - 1/2 unit

Oral Communications­ - ½ unit

Physical Education - ½ unit

Health and Safety­ - ½ unit

Economics­ and Personal Finance* - ½ unit (may be counted toward Social Studies or Career Focus)

Fine Arts­ - ½ unit

Career Focus (total of ­6 units)

NOTE: Comparable Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Concurrent College courses may be substituted where applicable.

Personal Finance* - Beginning with the freshmen class of 2017/18, requires students to complete a course that includes specific personal finance standards in either grades 9,10, 11, or 12.

Each high school student shall be required to take at least one digital learning course for credit to graduate.

  • Revised by the Arkansas Department of Education - July 16, 2018

CORE CURRICULUM DIPLOMA

24 units of credit required by Springdale Public Schools

English—­4 units

  • English 9th grade

  • English 10th grade

  • English 11th grade

  • English 12th grade

Mathematics­—4 units

  • Algebra I or its equivalent

  • Geometry or its equivalent

  • All math units must build on the base of algebra and geometry knowledge and skills.

  • A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the 4 unit equivalent.

Science—3 units

  • One unit of Biology - Integrated

  • One unit of Physical Science - Integrated, Chemistry or Physics

  • One unit of ADE approved Science

Social Studies—3 units

  • Civics (½ unit) / Economics (½ unit)

  • World History - 1 unit

  • American History - 1 unit

Oral Communications - ½ unit

Physical Education - ½ unit

Health and Safety - ½ unit

Fine Arts - ½ unit

Career Focus - 8 units

Other Graduation Notes

  • Students must be enrolled in Math and English each semester of each year.

  • Beginning with the 2017-18 11th grade class, each high school student shall be required to take and pass with 60% or above on the ADE Civics exam.

  • Arkansas Standards for Health include CPR requirements