SBHS Graduation Course Requirements

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All New Jersey public school districts are required to administer achievement tests developed by the New Jersey Department of Education. New Jersey students in Grades 3 to 11 will be tested in Literacy and in Mathematics through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) http://www.parcconline.org/about-parcc. Literacy and Math assessments are used to measure the success of our schools on the standards set by the Federal "No Child Left Behind Act."

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers - a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These computer- based K-12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.

 

On August 3, 2016, the State Board of Education approved updated state regulations for the high school graduation assessments requirements in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for the Classes of 2019 through 2021, and beyond. These new state regulations (Current Grad Requirements) which was updated in December 2018.

The Classes of  2019 can meet graduation assessment requirements through any of these three pathways:

1. Achieve passing scores on high school level PARCC assessments; 2. Achieve scores defined in the above document on alternate assessments such as the SAT, ACT, and ACCUPLACER; 3. Submit, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). The Classes of 2019 and 2020 have the following pathways to graduation as long as they participated in all PARCC tests. The Class of 2020 can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through:
1. Achieve passing scores on PARCC Algebra I and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) grade 10 assessments The following pathways are available to students who took all PARCC tests associated with the high school level courses for which they were eligible and received valid scores: 2. Achieve scores defined in the above document on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER, PARCC ELA 9, ELA 11, Geometry, Algebra II; or 3. Submit, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the NJDOE. 

The Class of 2021 and Beyond Starting with the Class of 2021, students will only have two pathways to meet the high school graduation assessments requirements: 1. Achieve passing scores on PARCC Algebra I and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) grade 10 assessments The following pathway is available to students who took all PARCC tests associated with the high school level courses for which they were eligible and received valid scores: 2. Submit, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the NJDOE. Each school year the NJDOE will determine the proficiency level and/or cut scores needed on the assessments to meet the graduation assessment requirement.

Special Education students whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiencies will continue to follow the graduation requirements set forth in their IEPs.)

Note: * “Eligible” is defined as a student who is enrolled in a high-school level course for which there is a PARCC test and receives a valid score. This includes all of these courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, and ELA 11.

The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science (NJSLA-S) measures student proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science.  This test is administered to all Juniors and replaces the End of Year Biology Test.

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All students taking the first-level Biology course are required to take this test at the end of the year. First-level Biology courses include: General Biology, Biology I and Honors Biology I.

South Brunswick High School students must earn 125 credits, of which 105 must come from the following required courses:

Course Requirements

Social Studies

3 years / 15 credits (Government & Economics/ U.S. History/Global Studies)

PE/Health

1 year (3.75 credits / 1.25 credits) for each year of high school; typically

PE 9/Adolescent Issues

PE 10/Driver Education

PE 11/Adult Issues

PE 12/Senior Health.

Math

3 years / 15 credits

Science

3 years / 15 credits (a Physical Science, a Biological Science, and any other Lab Science)

World Language

2 years / 10 credits (of the same language)

Fine Arts

<1 year / 5 credits

21st Century Skills

1 year / 5 credits

Personal Financial Management

1 Semester/2.5 Credits


Early Graduation

 

Completion of the minimum credit requirements for graduation in less than four years is possible if planned early in the student’s high school career. A student should declare this intention prior to the end of sophomore year. The student's counselor will meet with the student and the parents and help in weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the decision. The final decision for a student’s early graduation rests with the principal after a close review of graduation credits.

Students must meet all graduation requirements, including the completion of 125 credits, in order to participate in the school’s graduation ceremony.

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