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Graduation Requirements

SMART CORE: Sixteen (16) units

  • English: four (4) credits – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th

     

  • Oral Communications: ½ credit

     

  • Mathematics: four (4) credits (all students under Smart Core must take a mathematics course in grade 11 or 12 and complete Algebra II.)
    1. Algebra I
    2. Geometry
    3. Algebra II
    4. Choice of: Advanced Topics in Math, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, Algebra III, or College Algebra

      Note: Students opting out of Smart Core may take Bridge to Algebra II after Geometry and use Algebra II as their 4th math credit.

       

  • Natural Science: three (3) credits with lab experience chosen from
  1. Physical Science
  2. Biology
  3. Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Anatomy/Physiology, Criminalistics, Concurrent Biology

    (Chemistry or Physics must be completed in order to satisfy Smart Core Requirements.

     

  • Social Studies: three (3) credits
  1. Civics  ½ credit and Economics ½ credit
  2. World History
  3. American History

     

  • Physical Education: one-half (1/2) credit

    Note: While one-half (1/2) credit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) credit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.

     

  • Health and Safety: one-half (1/2) credit

     

  • Fine Arts: one-half (1/2) credit

     

  • CAREER FOCUS: - Seven (7) credits –
  • Career Focus electives are any courses taken not specified in the requirements listed above.  These should be focused toward a student’s desired career path.

 

 

CORE: Sixteen (16) units

 

English: four (4) units – 9, 10, 11, and 12

 

Oral Communications: one-half (1/2) unit

 

Mathematics: four (4) units

Algebra or its equivalent* - 1 unit

Geometry or its equivalent* - 1 unit

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

(Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable)

*A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four (4) unit requirement.

 

Science: three (3) units

at least one (1) unit of biology or its equivalent

one (1) unit of a physical science

 

Social Studies: three (3) units

Civics ½ unit

Economics ½ unit

World history, one (1) unit

U.S. history, one (1) unit

Physical Education: one-half (1/2) unit

Note: While one-half (1/2) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.

 

Health and Safety: one-half (1/2) unit

 

Fine Arts: one-half (1/2) unit

 

 

CAREER FOCUS: - Seven (7) units –

All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations. Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.

Diploma Types

  • High School Diploma: I agree to satisfy the basic requirements of 23 credits, as detailed above, for graduation.
  • College Prep Diploma: I agree to satisfy the requirements for the College Prep Diploma, including 2 years of a foreign language, a math above Algebra 2, Chemistry OR Physics, and a 2.75 GPA or higher. 
    The College Prep Diploma and transcript receive a state seal denoting the student has met the specific course requirements and finished with a GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • College Prep Honors Diploma: I agree to satisfy the requirements for the College Prep Honors Diploma, including 2 years of a foreign language, a math above Algebra 2, Chemistry OR Physics, 7 Advanced Level Courses, and a 3.50 GPA or higher.The College Prep Honors Diploma requires the student to achieve a 3.50 GPA over 8 semesters, attend NHS the entire senior year, and have no loss of credit for excessive absences on the transcript.

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Nettleton High School
4207 Race Street
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
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