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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
       Physical Science
       Biology
       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
       Civics  ½ credit and Economics ½ credit
       World History
       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 FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2019 & 2020

High School Diploma– A High School Diploma will be awarded to students who have completed the basic graduation requirements of 23 credits outlined by the Arkansas Department of Education as detailed above.

College Prep Diploma– A College Prep Diploma will be awarded to students who have completed the graduation requirements outlined by the Arkansas Department of Education as detailed above. Within those 23 credits, students will complete 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– A College Prep Honors Diploma will be awarded to students who have completed the graduation requirements outlined by the Arkansas Department of Education as detaled above. Within those 23 credits, students earning the College Prep Honors Diploma will complete two 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.
 

DIPLOMA TYPES FOR STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2021 AND AFTER

High School Diploma– A high school diploma will be awarded to students who have completed the basic graduation requirements of 23 credits outlined by the Arkansas Department of Education as detailed above.

College Prep Diploma – A College Prep Diploma will be awarded to students who have completed the graduation requirements as outlined by the Arkansas Department of Education. Within those 23 credits, students earning the College Prep Diploma will complete four (4) units of math to include a unit of math above Algebra II; three (3) units of science to include Chemistry or Physics, and a final GPA of at least 2.75.

Honors Diploma – A College Prep Honors Diploma will be awarded to students who have completed the graduation requirements as outlined by the Arkansas Department of Education. Within those 23 credits, students earning the College Prep Honors Diploma will complete:

  1. Four (4) units of math to include a unit of math above Algebra II

  2. Three (3) units of science to include Chemistry or Physics.

  3. A minimum of six (6) advanced level courses and two (2) Advanced Placement (AP) or Concurrent Credit (dual high school and college enrollment) courses from the following selections:

  • Pre-AP English 9, 10, 11; AP English Literature and Composition, Concurrent Composition I/II

  • Pre-AP Civics, Economics, World History, U.S. History; AP World History, AP U.S. History, Concurrent World Civilization, Concurrent U.S. History

  • Pre-AP Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II; PreCalculus, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, College Algebra

  • Pre-AP Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry; AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, Concurrent Physical Science/Lab, Concurrent Chemistry I/Lab

  • AP Music Theory

  • The third year of any program including:

    • Advanced Television

    • Art III

    • Agriculture (earn completer status through CTE)

    • Band III

    • Business (earn completer status through CTE)

    • EAST III

    • Family and Consumer Science (earn completer status through CTE)

    • Foreign Language III

    • Madrigals or Senior Select

    • Stagecraft III

    • Theater III

      4.  No student who has been denied credit in any class due to excessive absences can be designated as an honor graduate.

 

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Nettleton High School
4207 Race Street
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
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