This policy specifies high school programs of study that shall be offered by the Board and lists specific criteria and courses that meet core, required or elective credits for students. This policy becomes effective for all students beginning the 2012-2013 school year and for subsequent years.
This policy supports the Georgia Board of Education belief that when students take challenging and rigorous courses in high school, they have more options when they graduate. The goal of the system is to have each student succeed in obtaining a high school diploma which is believed to be a valuable initial passport for future life successes.
The official Cartersville High School diploma shall be awarded only to duly enrolled seniors who complete all Georgia Board of Education and Cartersville Board of Education graduation requirements.
Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Pathways – three (3) elective units in a coherent sequence that includes rigorous content aligned with industry-related standards leading to college and work readiness in a focused area of study
Core Courses – specific courses identified as “c” or “r” in Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.03
Elective Courses – any course identified as “e” in Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.03 that a student may select beyond the core requirements to fulfill the
28 unit requirements for graduation
High School Diploma – the document awarded to students certifying that they have satisfied attendance, unit, and state assessment requirements for graduation
Required Courses – specific courses identified as “r” in Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.03 that each student must pass in order to graduate from high school
Special Education Diploma – the document awarded to students with disabilities assigned to a special education program and who have not met the state assessment requirements or who have not completed all the requirements for a high school diploma who have nevertheless completed their Individual Education Program (IEP)
Significant Cognitive Disabilities – students with significant intellectual disabilities or intellectual disabilities concurrent with motor, sensory or emotional/behavioral disabilities who require substantial adaptations and support to access the general curriculum and require additional instruction focused on relevant life skills and participate in the Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA)
Unit –credit awarded for successful completion of a course of study, generally based upon a minimum of 150 clock hours of instruction, 135 clock hours of instruction in an approved block schedule, or 120 clock hours of instruction in an approved summer school course
All students must meet attendance requirements, perform as required on state assessments, and attain 24 units of credit to graduate from Cartersville High School.
Attendance requirements of the Cartersville City Schools shall be consistent with state compulsory attendance laws, Board Policy JB – Student Attendance, and regulations governing student attendance.
Students shall meet all state assessment requirements as referenced in Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-3-1-.07 [Testing Programs – Student Assessment], to be eligible for a high school diploma.
- Units of Credit
- Areas of Study: Units Required
i. English/Language Arts 4
ii. Mathematics 4
iii. Science 4
iv. Social Studies 4
v. CTAE &/or Modern Language/Latin &/or Fine Arts 3
vi. Health and Physical Education 1
vii. Electives 4
TOTAL (Minimum) 24
- A course shall count only once for satisfying any unit of credit requirement for graduation. The same course cannot be used to satisfy unit requirements in more than one area of study.
- Completion of diploma requirements does not necessarily qualify students for the Georgia HOPE Scholarship Program.
- Unit credit shall be awarded only for courses that include concepts and skills based on the Georgia Board of Education approved curriculum for grades 9 – 12.
- Unit credit may be awarded for courses successfully completed in the middle grades that meet 9 – 12 state requirements under the following conditions:
- Under certain circumstances, one (1) unit credit may be awarded to middle grades students for successful completion of Math I. This credit is awarded on an individual basis with the parent deciding whether or not the student shall receive the unit credit provided the course is passed. Only one (1) high school math credit can be earned for credit while the student is in middle school. Once a math credit is taken, credit awarded, and the final course grade is assigned, this shall not be removed from the student’s high school transcript.
- One unit credit shall be awarded to middle grades students for successful completion of a foreign language in the 7th and/or 8th grade(s). This credit is awarded on an individual basis with the parent deciding whether or not the student shall receive the unit credit provided both courses are passed. If the foreign language is taken over two years in middle school, the grade that transfers to the high school transcript shall be the numerical average of the final grade from 7th and 8th grade year combined. Once the foreign language credit is taken, credit awarded, and the final grade is assigned, these shall not be removed form the student’s high school transcript.
- Grades where high school credit is earned and credit taken while a student is in middle school shall become part of the student’s transcript and shall be used in the calculation of grade point averages, class rankings, Honor Student status, Valedictorian, and Salutatorian standings.
- Courses taken as part of an IEP shall specify whether successful completion of core courses shall receive core unit credit.
- A unit of credit for graduation shall be awarded to students only for successful completion of state-approved courses of study based on a minimum of 150 clock-hours of instruction provided during the regular school year, 135 clock-hours in an approved block schedule, or a minimum of 120 clock-hours in summer school.
- Units of credit for graduation shall be awarded to students participating in any joint enrollment program using the ratio reference in state Board rules and regulations.
- The maximum number of units which may be earned by a CHS student shall be: four (4) units per semester and a maximum of two (2) additional units may be earned in a regionally or state accredited summer school per academic year.
- The maximum number of units which may be transferred in by a student shall be: four (4) units per semester from a regionally or state accredited school; and a maximum of two (2) additional units from a regionally or state accredited summer school; and a maximum of one (1) unit per school from a regionally or state accredited night high school/alternative high school.
- Should the Board choose to grant unit credit for learning that has occurred outside the 9-12 classroom, it shall use the following assessment procedures to award or exempt unit credit in lieu of class enrollment: Evaluation of the student’s transcript for course equivalency and/or a proficiency test and/or actual classroom performance to determine mastered prerequisite skills. Equivalency credit shall be shown on the transcript.
Areas of Study
Courses in Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.03 [Listing of State-funded K-8 Subjects and 9-12 Courses] where the letter “r” appears with the course name must be successfully completed and cannot be substituted with any other course. Any course identified as “c” is a core course and may be selected to count as one of the core unit requirements. A course identified as “e” is an elective course that may be selected beyond the core requirements to fulfill the unit requirements.
i. English/Language Arts: Four (4) units of credit in English/Language Arts shall be required of all students. A full unit credit in American Literature/Composition and a full unit credit in Ninth-Grade Literature/Composition shall be required. All courses that may satisfy the remaining units of credit are identified with a “c.” Grammar/composition shall be a component of all courses and shall be integrated into the course of study, not isolated.
ii. Mathematics: Four (4) units of credit in math shall be required of all students including Math 1 or its equivalent, Math 2 or its equivalent, and Math 3 or its equivalent. Additional units needed to complete the unit requirement must be chosen from the list of CCGPS/GPS/AP/IB designated state-approved courses.
Students with disabilities who take and pass Math 1 in conjunction with a mathematics support class and Math 2 in conjunction with a mathematics support class upon determination through an IEP may meet diploma requirements by completing Math 3 or its equivalent for a total of 3 math credits. Completion of 3 units of math, however, may not meet admission requirements for entrance into a University System of Georgia institution or other post-secondary institution.
iii. Science: Four (4) units of credit in science shall be required of all students, including one (1) full unit of Biology; one (1) unit of either Physical Science or Physics; one (1) unit of either Chemistry, Earth Systems, Environmental Science or an AP/IB course; and one (1) additional science unit. Any AP/IB science course may be substituted for the appropriate courses listed above. All courses meeting the science requirement for graduation shall be laboratory-based.
iv. Social Studies: Four (4) units of credit shall be required in social studies. One (1) unit of credit shall be required in United States History. One (1) unit of credit shall be required in World History or its equivalent. One (1) unit of credit shall be required in American Government or its equivalent. One (1) unit of credit shall be required in Economics or its equivalent.
For students transferring into Cartersville City Schools from systems organized on a quarter system: One quarter/semester of citizenship/government education shall be required. One quarter/semester of Principles of Economics/Business/Free Enterprise shall be required. These students shall add one other one-quarter/semester social studies course from the political science/government, economics, or international relations areas to the Citizenship/Government and Education and Principles of Economics/Business/Free Enterprise courses to complete the unit requirement.
v. CTAE/Modern Language/Latin/Fine Arts: A total of three units of credit shall be required form the following areas: Career Tech Education and/or Modern Language/Latin and/or Fine Arts.
- Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Pathways:
Students may earn three (3) units of credit in a coherent sequence of CTAE courses through a self-selected pathway leading to college readiness and a career readiness certificate endorsed by related industries.
- Modern Language/Latin:
All students are encouraged to earn at least two (2) units of credit in the same modern language/Latin. Students planning to enter or transfer into a University System of Georgia institution or other post-secondary institution must take two (2) units of the same modern language/Latin. Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education institutions generally do not require modern language/Latin for admissions.
- Students whose native language is not English may be considered to have met the foreign language expectation by exercising the credit in lieu of enrollment option if they are proficient in their native language. A formal exam is not necessary if other evidence of proficiency is available.
- American Sign Language may fulfill the modern language requirement.
- Fine Arts:
Electives may be selected from courses in the fine arts.
vi. Health and Physical Education: One unit credit in health and physical education is required. Cartersville High offers a Health/Personal Fitness class that meets this requirement. Transferring students may combine one-half or one-third units of credit of Heath, Health and Personal Fitness, or Advanced Personal Fitness to satisfy this requirement. Three (3) units of JROTC may be used to satisfy the requirement under certain conditions.
Transfer / Withdrawn Students
Students who enroll from another state must meet the graduation requirements for the graduating class they enter and the state assessment requirements.
A senior who transfers to Cartersville High School from a high school accredited by a regional or state accrediting agency whose transcript indicates that meeting Cartersville High School graduation requirements is not possible during the remainder of the senior year may be awarded a diploma from his/her former school upon completion of the former school’s requirements and with the written consent of the principal or higher system authority of that school. The student receiving this diploma may participate in Cartersville High School’s graduation ceremony.
Students who meet graduation requirements through early college admission shall be awarded an official Cartersville High School diploma and may participate in graduation exercises with their graduating class.
Students who enroll in the ninth grade for the first time in the 2008-09 school year and subsequent years and withdraw shall meet the graduation requirements specified in this rule and the assessment requirements specified in Georgia Board of Education rules.
Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Students with significant cognitive disabilities may graduate and receive a regular high school diploma when the student’s IEP team determines that the student has:
- completed an integrated curriculum based on the CCGPS that includes instruction in mathematics, English/Language Arts, science and social studies as well as career preparation, self-determination, independent living and personal care to equal a minimum of 24 units of instruction; and
- participated in the GAA during middle school and high school and earned a proficient score on the high school GAA test; and
- reached his/her 22nd birthday OR has transitioned to an employment/education/training setting in which the supports needed are provided by an entity other than the school system.
STATE REF.: Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.48 [IHF (6)]