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 in the Course Catalog.

Graduation Requirements

Subject Area
Credits Required

English

4 credits

Mathematics
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

Science

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

Health

1 credit

Technology Education

1 credit

Electives

AND

World Language

3 credits

2 credits

- or -

Electives

AND

Advanced Technology

3 credits

2 credits

- or -

CTE Completer Program Sequence

Credits may vary by CTE Major

Service Learning

As a graduation requirement, each student must complete 75 hours of service learning.

Grades 3 – 5:

Five hours in each grade (15 hours total)

Grades 6 – 8:

Ten hours in each grade (30 hours total)

Grade 9:

Ten hours

Independent service learning hours:

20 hours

To learn more about Service Learning, please visit our Service Learning page.

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)

Business Management & Finance

Accounting
Marketing

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
Early Childhood Education
Homeland Security – Criminal Justice

Information Technology

Computer Science

Manufacturing, Engineering & Technology

Advanced Manufacturing Professionals (AMP)
PLTW Engineering

Transportation Technologies

Automotive Technician (NAETEF)

Non-CTE

Liberal Arts
Military Service

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.

Scholarship Listings

CCPS maintains a database of local and national scholarship listings. We encourage students to apply for as many relevant scholarships as possible!