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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements


Updated on March 20, 2017



English Language Arts

24 credits

All students must take a core English Course every year


32 credits

Including the completion of Algebra II and Geometry. All students must take a math course during their senior year.


24 credits

Biology, Chemistry and Physics and their labs

History/Social Science

18 credits

Including World History II and US History I, and US History II

Foreign Language

8 credits

of the same language in two years

Physical Education

8 credits

All students must take PE every year in High School

Fine Arts

4 credits

Additional Non-Core Courses (Electives)

22 credits

Senior Thesis*

5 credits


145 credits


  1. Number of credits is calculated based on the number of periods per week.
  2. A student can earn a maximum of 165 in campus credits in high school
  3. Students may earn extra credit and exceed the school maximum credits by:
  • Dual enrollment courses from colleges approved by school
  • Online college or high school courses approved by school
  1. College Courses with a passing score will be awarded credits based on the course.
  2. Students can carry 8 (eight) Algebra 1 Math Credits to high school if they meet the criteria described in the honors policy.
  3. Seniors must have full schedule until lunch regardless of their credits.
  4. Senior Thesis is offered during senior year and for more information visit www.hampdencharter.org
  5. All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students must complete a Science Fair project.
  6. All students must complete 40 hours of volunteer work (Community Service)

The Massachusetts Education Reform Law of 1993, state law, G.L. c. 69, § 1D, requires that all students who are seeking to earn a high school diploma must meet the Competency Determination (CD) standard, in addition to meeting all local graduation requirements. (http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/graduation.html)

Students must either earn a scaled score of at least 240 on the grade 10 MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests, or earn a scaled score between 220 and 238 on these tests and fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP).

Students must also earn a scaled score of at least 220 on one of the high school MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) tests: Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering.

Sample Credits for High School

Grade 9                                    Grade 10                             Grade 11                                 Grade 12

Course               Credit            Course              Credit         Course                 Credit        Course                  Credit

Algebra I                     8            Geometry                  8        Algebra II                  8           AP Calculus                  8

ELA 9                           6            ELA 10                        6        ELA 11                       6           ELA 12                           6

Biology                       4             Chemistry                  4        Physics                       4          Physical Education      2

Biology Lab                2             Chemistry Lab          2        Physics Lab                2          Electives                       4

World History II         6            US History I            6        US History II              6          Senior Thesis               5

Foreign Language     4             Foreign Language    4        Physical Education   2          Electives (Optional)    8

Physical Education    2            Physical Education   2       Electives                     6

Electives                     8             Electives                    8

Total                           40            Total                         40    Total                           40          Total                           25