Graduation Requirements

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High School Graduation Requirements
NJ State Minimum* Graduation Requirements by Content Area and Grade 9 Class
Course and credit requirements for all students entering grade 9 in the following years:
2008-2009:
Language Arts Literacy
20 credits
Mathematics
15 credits including algebra I or the content equivalent**
Science
15 credits including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent**
Social Studies
15 credits including satisfaction of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 2
Financial, Economic Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy
 No state requirement
Health, Safety and Physical Education
3 ¾ credits in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150 minutes per week, as required by N.J.S.A. 18A-35-5, 7 and 8
Visual and Performing Arts
5 credits
World Languages
5 credits or student demonstration of proficiency
Technological Literacy
Consistent with the Core Curriculum Content Standards, integrated throughout the curriculum
21st Century Life and Careers, or Career-Technical Education
5 credits
Total Credits (state minimum): 
110
2009-2010:
Language Arts Literacy:
20 credits aligned to grade nine through 12 standards
Mathematics:
15 credits including algebra I or the content equivalent**
Science:
15 credits including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent**
Social Studies:
15 credits including satisfaction of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 2
Financial, Economic Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy:
No state requirement
Health, Safety and Physical Education:
3 ¾ credits in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150 minutes per week, as required by N.J.S.A. 18A-35-5, 7 and 8
Visual and Performing Arts:
5 credits
World Languages:
5 credits or student demonstration of proficiency
Technological Literacy:
Consistent with the Core Curriculum Content Standards, integrated throughout the curriculum
21st Century Life and Careers, or Career-Technical Education:
5 credits
Total Credits (state minimum):
120
2010-2011 and 2011-2012: 
Language Arts Literacy:
20 credits aligned to grade nine through 12 standards
Mathematics:
15 credits including algebra I and geometry or the content equivalent**
Science:
15 credits including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent** and one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course which shall include chemistry, environmental science, or physics
Social Studies:
15 credits including satisfaction of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 2, five credits in world history; and the integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all course offerings
Financial, Economic Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy:
2.5 credits
Health, Safety and Physical Education:
3 ¾ credits in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150 minutes per week, as required by N.J.S.A. 18A-35-5, 7 and 8
Visual and Performing Arts:
5 credits
World Languages:
5 credits or student demonstration of proficiency
Technological Literacy:
Consistent with the Core Curriculum Content Standards, integrated throughout the curriculum
21st Century Life and Careers, or Career-Technical Education:
5 credits
Total Credits (state minimum):
120
2012-2013 and 2013-2014:
Language Arts Literacy:
20 credits aligned to grade nine through 12 standards
Mathematics:
15 credits including algebra I and geometry or the content equivalent* and a third year of math that builds on the concepts and skills of algebra and geometry and prepares students for college and 21st century careers
Science:
15 credits including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent** and one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course which shall include chemistry, environmental science, or physics, and a third laboratory/inquiry-based science course
Social Studies:
15 credits including satisfaction of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 2, five credits in world history; and the integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all course offerings
Financial, Economic Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy:
2.5 credits
Health, Safety and Physical Education:
3 ¾ credits in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150 minutes per week, as required by N.J.S.A. 18A-35-5, 7 and 8
Visual and Performing Arts:
5 credits
World Languages:
5 credits or student demonstration of proficiency
Technological Literacy:
Consistent with the Core Curriculum Content Standards, integrated throughout the curriculum
21st Century Life and Careers, or Career-Technical Education:
5 credits
Total Credits (state minimum):
120

* School districts may establish course and/or credit requirements which exceed the State minimums.
** "Content equivalent" means courses or activities that include the same or equivalent knowledge and skills as those found in traditionally titled courses which are required for high school graduation and which are aligned with the Core Curriculum Content Standards. This content must be taught by certified teachers, may be integrated in one or more courses, may be titled differently, or may present material in an interdisciplinary or spiral format.
*** The 120 credit total is greater than the sum of the individual requirements above, to allow for student electives

*Note:
In addition to all of the above course requirements, students must also pass the High School Proficiency Assessment, receive a total of at least 120 credits overall (as of 2009-2010), and meet the Board-mandated attendance requirement in order to be awarded a diploma.


Grading Scale and GPA Calculations:
Grading Scale for Student Work
A = 92-100
B = 83-91
C = 74-82
D = 65-73
F = Below 65
All high schools in the Camden City School District
should be on 4.0 GPA weighing system:

•A = 4.0
•B = 3.0
•C = 2.0
•D = 1.0
•F = 0.0

All Honors and AP courses in the
Camden City School District should receive a weight of 1:

•A = 5.0
•B = 4.0
•C = 3.0
•D = 2.0
•F = 00

The following courses should also receive a weight of 1:
•Computer Science Q Basic
•Computer Science C++
•Third & Fourth year of all language
•Analytical Geometry/Calculus
•Trigonometry
•Biochemistry Research
•Physics/Modern Physics
•Marine Science

All remedial course in the Camden City School District should receive a weight of - 0.25:

•Reading including ESL Reading
•Math Lab including ESL Math Lab

Calculation of GPA for college transcripts:
•Juniro GPA x 6 add Senior Semester GPA / 7


Promotion Requirement 9-12
In order to move from one homeroom level to a higher homeroom level (i.e. grade level), students in grades 9-12 are required to pass course requirements as determined by a credit system. The number of credits earned is determined by the number of periods a class is held each week. A student must earn the following credits in order to advance to the next grade:

10th grade - 30 credits
11th grade - 60 credits
12 th grade - 90 credits
Graduation - 120 credits


Honor Roll
The Camden City District Honor roll serves as a means to recognize distinguished achievement in areas of study reflecting good classroom work and citizenship within the students' own level of achievement. In addition to achieving a "B" average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), the following categories and criteria apply for achieving honor roll status per marking period.

Principal's List: ALL "A's" on a report card
Honor Roll: Combination of only "A's" and "B's" on a report card
Merit List: Combination of "A's", "B's" and only one "C"

*It should be noted that a grade of "C" in a 10 credit course counts as two "C's" on a report card.