Graduation Readiness

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Students must meet academic, attendance, and service learning requirements in order to graduate. This page provides a brief overview of graduation requirements, as well as other resources to help prepare students for post-graduation success. Additional information is available on the High School Course Guide page.

Graduation Requirements

Subject Area
Credits Required


4 credits

Each student must enroll in a mathematics course in each year of high school, up to a maximum of four years.

4 credits: 1 credit in Algebra I, 1 credit in Geometry, 2 credits beyond Algebra I


3 credits: 1 credit in Biology, 2 credits that must include laboratory experience in any or all of the following areas: earth science, life sciences, physical sciences

Social Studies

3 credits: 1 credit in U.S. History, 1 credit in World History, 1 credit in local, state, national government

Financial Literacy

1 credit

Fine Arts

1 credit

Physical Education

1 credit


1 credit

Computer Science Essentials OR

Principles of Engineering or Introduction to Engineering Design (for Computer Science Majors)

1 credit



World Language

3 credits

2 credits

- or -

CTE Completer Program Sequence

Credits may vary by CTE Major

Students must meet all local school system requirements including attendance and service learning.

Career pathways & majors / programs of study

Career Majors are identified as part of the Plan of Study completed in Grade 8.

Career Pathways
Majors / Programs of Study
Career & Technology Education (CTE)

Work Based Learning

Construction & Development

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
Construction Technology

Consumer Services, Hospitality & Tourism

Careers in Cosmetology
Food & Beverage Management (Prostart)

Environmental, Agricultural & Natural Resources

CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science)

Health & Biosciences

PLTW Biomedical Sciences
Academy of Health Professions

Human Resources Services

Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM)
Fire Fighter & Emergency Medical Responder
Homeland Security – Criminal Justice
Military Service - Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Course (NJROTC)

Information Technology

PLTW Computer Science

Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology

Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP)
PLTW Engineering

Transportation Technologies

Automotive Technician (NAETEF)


Liberal Arts

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is a program that allows high school juniors and seniors 16 years of age and older who have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.5 to earn college credit while still in high school. Chesapeake College’s program, which offers a 25% discounted tuition to participants, is available to high school students in Caroline County. The college credit earned by Dual Enrollment students can often be applied toward high school graduation requirements. In all cases, the credits earned at Chesapeake will become part of the student’s permanent college record.

For more information about Dual Enrollment, students should contact their high school counselor.