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Graduation Requirements

Credits Required for Graduation: 220 (100 credits in grades 11–12)

These credit hours must be earned in areas listed below. Ten credits are equivalent to one full year of credit in a specific subject.

Additional information beginning with the Class of 2021 HERE

 

LANGUAGE ARTS: 40 CREDITS IN GRADES 9–12 
  • 10 in 9th Grade English Language Arts, grade 9 
  • 10 in 10th Grade English Language Arts, grade 10 
  • 10 in 11th Grade English Language Arts, grade 11 
  • 5 in Communication courses, grades 9–12
  • 5 in Language Arts Elective courses, grades 9–12 
SOCIAL STUDIES: 30 CREDITS IN GRADES 9–12 
  • 5 in U.S. Government, grade 9 
  • 5 in World Geography, grade 9 
  • 10 in World History, grade 10 
  • 10 in U.S. History, grade 11 
MATHEMATICS: 20 CREDITS IN GRADES 9-12
  • 10 in Algebra 1 or higher, grades 9–12 
  • 10 additional Math credits, grades 10–12 
SCIENCE: 20 CREDITS IN GRADES 9–12 
  • 10 in Life Sciences, grades 9–12 
  • 10 in Physical Sciences, grades 9–12 
HEALTH: 5 CREDITS IN GRADES 10–12 
  • 5 credits, grade 10 recommended 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: 15 CREDITS IN GRADES 9–12 
  • 5 in Wellness in Action, grade 9 
  • 10 in additional P.E. courses,
    balanced between individual fitness and team sports, grades 9–12
FINE ARTS: 5 CREDITS IN GRADES 9–12 
  • 5 in Music or Art

SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: 10 CREDITS IN GRADES 9-12
  • 10 in World Languages, Level 2 or higher 
  • (10 in approved English Language Acquisition for Emerging Bilingual students)
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE: 5 CREDITS IN GRADES 9–12 
  • Business, Computer Science, Design Technology, Family and Consumer Education, TEC 

COMPUTER 
  • Completion of an approved one-semester computer class in middle school or completion of a one-semester course that meets the computer requirement (Computer Science, Design Technology, or CTEC computer class). 
MONEY MANAGEMENT/PERSONAL FINANCE
  • To meet BVSD graduation requirements, students must have evidence of a 12 hour course in Money Management and Personal Finance unless fulfilled in middle level or through another district approved course.

ELECTIVE COURSES: 70 CREDITS BEYOND REQUIRED COURSES IN GRADES 9-12