Graduation Requirement

HCSS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
SUBJECTS Credits
English Language Arts
24 credits
All students must take a core English Course every year
Mathematics
32 credits
Including the completion of Algebra II and Geometry. All students must take a math course during their senior year.
Science
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
TOTAL 145 credits
Notes:
The number of credits is calculated based on the number of periods per week.
  • A student can earn a maximum of 165 in campus credits in high school.
  • 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.
    • College Courses with a passing score will be awarded credits based on the course.
    • Students can carry 8 (eight) Algebra 1 Math Credits to high school if they meet the criteria described in the honors policy.
    • Seniors must have a full schedule for lunch regardless of their credits. Senior Thesis is offered during senior year and for more information visit www.hampdencharter.org.
    • All 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students must complete a Science Fair project. 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.