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Graduation Requirements Class of 2025 and Beyond

Effective with the Graduating Class of 2025 and beyond (entering freshman of Fall 2021), graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows.

Reference the table of contents to see the Required Subject Area Descriptions pages for further information.

SUBJECT AREA

SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

English

4 credits

Pursuant to COMAR 13A.03.02.09, students must:

a.  For the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years, a student will have met the assessment requirement for Algebra I, English 10, and Government if:

(1)  The student has passed the Algebra I course, English 10 course, and Government course, and,

(2)  The student takes the Algebra I, English 10, and American Government Maryland Comprehensive Assessment aligned with the course Meet the assessment requirement for Algebra I, English 10, and Government:

(i)  For school years 2016—2023, a score of 725 and

(ii) Assessment in English 10 and/or Algebra I, the passing score on the retest shall be the passing score in the year in which the student first took the assessment

b.  Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year:

(1) A student shall take the requisite Maryland Comprehensive Assessment during its regular administration if the student is taking, by the methods identified in Regulations .03 and .04 of this chapter, any of the following courses aligned with the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment: (a) Algebra;

(b) Science; (c) English; or (d) Government.

(2). The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment for algebra, English, science, and government shall account for 20 percent of the student’s final grade in the respective high school level algebra, English, science, and government course.; or

f. Except for students described in § .06F of this chapter, if a student is unable to meet the requirements in §B(3)(a)—(d) of this regulation, then satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation as set forth in Regulation .06D of this chapter.

See page 104 for updates to Algebra 1 and ELA 10 Assessments for Students in the Graduating Class of 2025 and beyond.

 

 

Mathematics

 4 credits

√ 1 in Algebra 1

√ 1 in Geometry

√ 2 additional mathematics credits

√ Enrollment in a math course each year in high school

 

 

Science

 3 lab science credits (one from each category)

√ 1 in Life Science

√ 1 in Physical Science

√ 1 in Earth and Space Science

 

 

Social Studies

 3 credits

√ 1 in U.S. History II

√ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

√ 1 in World History

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Fine Arts

1 credit

Physical Education

 0.5 credit √ Personal Fitness

Health Education

0.5 credit √ Health Issues

0.5 credit √ Additional 11th or 12th Grade Health Course (Course title pending)

Financial Literacy

0.5 credit

Computer Science, Engineering, or Technology Education

1 credit

Completer** and Electives

**Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements

2 credits of the same World Language or American Sign Language and any remaining credits in electives

 

OR

 

Complete (3–9 credits) of a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses and any remaining credits in electives

Prerequisites: Enrollment in a course may be allowed only if a previous course has been completed. See the High School Courses and Programs of Study publication which describes the content of each course offered in Prince George’s County Public Schools and course prerequisites.

Credits: Twenty-two (22) credits are required per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C. Students must be enrolled and have taken a minimum of four full credit courses or a combination of full and partial credit courses to total a minimum of four credits over the course of the academic year. The minimum of four credits worth of courses must include at least one high school course; remaining courses may include Dual Enrollment. All MSDE graduation requirements must be satisfied. Seniors who have completed four years of high school are exempt from the minimum enrollment requirement.

Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally developed, state-approved program that includes service-learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection, and a specified number of hours of independent service.

Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2021 through 2024

Effective with the Graduating Class of 2021 through 2024 (entering freshman of Fall 2017), graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows.

Note updates effective with the class of 2019 and 2024 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015 and 2020) See the Required Subject Area Descriptions pages for further descriptions of requirements.

SUBJECT AREA

SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

English

4 credits

Pursuant to COMAR 13A.03.02.09, students must:

a.  For the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years, a student will have met the assessment requirement for Algebra I, English 10, and Government if:

(1)  The student has passed the Algebra I course, English 10 course, and Government course, and,

(2)  The student takes the Algebra I, English 10, and American Government Maryland Comprehensive Assessment aligned with the course Meet the assessment requirement for Algebra I, English 10, and Government:

(i)  For school years 2016—2023, a score of 725 and

(ii) Assessment in English 10 and/or Algebra I, the passing score on the retest shall be the passing score in the year in which the student first took the assessment

b.  Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year:

(1) A student shall take the requisite Maryland Comprehensive Assessment during its regular administration if the student is taking, by the methods identified in Regulations .03 and .04 of this chapter, any of the following courses aligned with the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment: (a) Algebra;

(b) Science; (c) English; or (d) Government.

(2). The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment for algebra, English, science, and government shall account for 20 percent of the student’s final grade in the respective high school level algebra, English, science, and government course.; or

f. Except for students described in § .06F of this chapter, if a student is unable to meet the requirements in §B(3)(a)—(d) of this regulation, then satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation as set forth in Regulation .06D of this chapter.

See page 104 for updates to Algebra 1 and ELA 10 Assessments for Students in the Graduating Class of 2025 and beyond.

Mathematics

4 credits

√ 1 in Algebra 1

√ 1 in Geometry

√ 2 additional mathematics credits

√ Enrollment in a math course each year in high school

Science

3 lab science credits (one from each category)

√ 1 in Life Science

√ 1 in Physical Science

√ 1 in Earth and Space Science

Social Studies

3 credits

√ 1 in U.S. History II

√ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

√ 1 in World History

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Fine Arts

1 credit

Physical Education

0.5 credit √ Personal Fitness

Health Education

0.5 credit √ Health Issues

0.5 credit √ Additional 11th or 12th Grade Health Course (Course title pending)

Financial Literacy

0.5 credit

Computer Science, Engineering,

or Technology Education

1 credit

Completer** and Electives

**Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements

2 credits of the same World Language or American Sign Language and any remaining credits in electives 

OR

Complete (3–9 credits) of a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses and any remaining credits in electives

Prerequisites: Enrollment in a course may be allowed only if a previous course has been completed. See the High School Courses and Programs of Study publication which describes the content of each course offered in Prince George’s County Public Schools and course prerequisites.

Credits: Twenty-two (22) credits are required per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C. Students must be enrolled and have taken a minimum of four full credit courses or a combination of full and partial credit courses to total a minimum of four credits over the course of the academic year. The minimum of four credits worth of courses must include at least one high school course; remaining courses may include Dual Enrollment. All MSDE graduation requirements must be satisfied. Seniors who have completed four years of high school are exempt from the minimum enrollment requirement.

Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally developed, state-approved program that includes service-learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection, and a specified number of hours of independent service.

 

Graduation Requirements Class of 2018 through 2020

Effective with the Graduating Classes of 2018 through 2020 (entering freshman of Fall 2014 through Fall 2016), gradu- ation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows. Note updates effective with the class of 2019 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015). See the Required Subject Area Descriptions pages for further descriptions.

SUBJECT AREA

SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

English

4 credits

 

Students must satisfy one of the following:

a.    Meet the requirements as established by MSDE on the Maryland assessments for Algebra 1, Biology, English 10, and Government.

b.  Achieve a combined score(s) as established by MSDE on the Maryland assessments;

c. Achieve a score as established by MSDE approved substitute assessments for Algebra, Biology, English, and Government, aligned with the Maryland assessments such as Advanced Placement examinations, SAT I, SAT II, ACT, and International Baccalaureate examinations;

d.  In school years 2016—2017 and beyond, if a student is unable to meet the above requirements, then they must satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation, or

e.  Prior to the 2016—2017 school year, if a student has taken an HSA-aligned or PARCC-aligned Algebra I and/or English 10 course and has passed the course(s) but failed the assessment aligned with the course(s) that student is exempt from completing a Bridge Plan for Academic Validation.

See Assessment Requirements pages for additional information and specific information on government.

 

Mathematics

3 credits

√ 1 in Algebra 1

√ 1 in Geometry

√ 1 additional mathematics credit

√ Enrollment in a math course each year in high school

 

Science

3 credits

√ 1 in Biology

√ 2 additional credits that must include laboratory experience in any or all of the following areas: earth science or physical science

 

Social Studies

3 credits

√ 1 in U.S. History II

√ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

√ 1 in World History

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Fine Arts

1 credit

Physical Education

0.5 credit √ Personal Fitness

Health Education

0.5 credit √ Health Issues

Technology Education

1 credit

 

Completer** and Electives

**Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements

2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language (both credits must be in the same language per local requirements) and any remaining credits in electives

Effective with the class of 2019 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015), PGCPS no longer requires two years of the same world language for students beginning a Level 1 course in high school. MSDE requires that American Sign Language be taken in sequential order to meet graduation requirements.

OR

2 credit s of Advanced Technology Education and any remaining credits in electives

OR

Complete (4–9 credits) a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses and any remaining credits in electives

Prerequisites: Enrollment in a course may be allowed only if a previous course has been completed. See the High School Courses and Programs of Study publication which describes the content of each course offered in Prince George’s County Public Schools and course prerequisites.

Credits: Twenty-one (21) credits are required. Per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C, Effective with the Class of 2019 (entering freshmen of Fall 2015), students must be enrolled and have taken a minimum of four full credit courses or a combination of full and partial credit courses to total a minimum of four credits over the course of the academic year. The minimum of four credits worth of courses must include at least one high school course; remaining courses may include Dual Enrollment. All MSDE graduation requirements must be satisfied. Seniors who have completed four years of high school are exempt from the minimum enrollment requirement. All MSDE graduation requirements must be satisfied. All MSDE graduation requirements must be satisfied.

Enrollment: The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the 8th grade unless on an approved option.

Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally-developed, state-approved program that includes service-learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection, and a specified number of hours of independent service.