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MARYLAND AND GARRETT COUNTY GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

 

Board Policy

 

    The requirements for graduation from a Garrett County High School, summarized below, are those of the State of Maryland and the Garrett County Board of Education. (See: Title 13A, State Board of Education, Subtitle .03 General Instruction Program, Chapter .02 Graduation Requirements for Public High Schools in Maryland, for specific details and exceptions.)

 

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. ENROLLMENT - The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the eighth grade unless one of the following alternatives is satisfied:

        A.    Early College Admission Program

        B.    Early admission to approved vocational, technical, or other post-secondary school program

        C.    Waiver of the senior year

 

  1. CREDIT REQUIREMENTS - To be awarded a high school diploma, a Garrett County student shall satisfactorily complete 4 years of approved study beyond the eighth grade earning a minimum of 23 credits.  As an alternative to the four (4) year enrollment requirement, students may pursue an alternative through an Early College Admission Program; Admission to Approved Vocational, Technical, or other Post-secondary School Program; or a waiver of the senior year.

English   4  credits
Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre, Chorus or Band) 1  credit
Mathematics (Algebra credit, Geometry credit, plus two additional Mathematics credit) 4  credits
Physical Education   ˝ credit
Health   ˝ credit
Social Studies (U.S., World, Government) 3  credits
Science (Biology plus three additional laboratory science credits) 4  credits
Technology Education   1  credit
  Choice: Foreign Language  
    (Level I and II of the same language)  OR 2  credits
  Advanced Technology  OR 2  credits
  Career and Technology Education 3+ credits
Financial Literacy    
  Choice: Personal Financial Mathematics  OR 1  credit
  Financial Management  OR  
  Economics  
Electives   2  credits

 

                                                                                   

            PLUS satisfactory completion of a comprehensive Environmental Literacy Program.

 

  1. STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING - A student shall complete a minimum of 75 hours of student service that includes preparation, action, and reflection components.

  1. STATE ASSESSMENTS - Beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, to be awarded the Maryland high school diploma all students including middle school students who take high school level courses shall take the Maryland Assessments after the student completes the appropriate course.  The High School Assessments (HSA) are end-of-course examinations in Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, and English.  The tests are administered in October, January, April (seniors only), and May to all students completing the designated courses.  Students completing the designated courses, who entered grade 9 in the fall of 2005 or after, must achieve a passing score on each of the assessments, or a qualifying composite score of 1208, in order to receive a Maryland High School Diploma.  Students who have not earned a proficient or advanced score on the required HSAs will be placed into a content specific HSA Essentials course (for elective credit) until the student has earned a proficient or advanced score on each HSA.

        Beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, for students entering the ninth grade and middle school students who take high school level courses, the

        student’s performance on the Maryland High School Assessments, shall be reported on the student’s transcript and permanent record card.

 

        Beginning with students entering the ninth grade in 2005, a student shall satisfy one of the following assessment options: 

  1. achieve a passing score as established by the Department on Maryland High School Assessments for algebra/data analysis (412), biology(400), English (396), and government (394); or

  2. achieve an overall combined score of 1602 as established by the Department on Maryland High School Assessments for algebra/analysis, biology, English, and government; or

  3. achieve a score as established by the Department on Department-approved comparable assessments for algebra/data analysis, biology, English, and government, aligned with the Maryland High School Assessments such as Advanced Placement examinations and International Baccalaureate examinations; or

  4. achieve a passing score on the four assessments by a combination of (a) and (c) above.; or

  5. complete Bridge Plan project/s as determined by the Department on Maryland High School Assessments for algebra/data analysis, biology, English, and government.

GARRETT COUNTY CERTIFICATE OF MERIT AND HONOR GRADUATE PROGRAM

 

  1. ENROLLMENT - Must maintain full-time equivalency (FTE) status with Merit certificates requiring a minimum of 4 credits during the senior year and Honor certificates criteria being 6 credits during the senior year or be enrolled in an approved alternative program.

  1. ADVANCED COURSE REQUIREMENT - Certificate of Merit Graduate - A student must complete 23 credits of course work (2 world language credits at the high school level), at least twelve (12) credits from courses designated as merit/honors in the Garrett County Public Schools Student Education Planning Guide, and accumulate a total weighted grade average (including all credit classes attempted in grade 9 through 12) of 80% or above.

  1. ADVANCED COURSE REQUIREMENT - Honor Graduate - The status of “Honor Graduate” will be conferred upon all students who successfully complete the University of Maryland Honors Program earning 28 credits of course work (3 credits same world language at the high school level and Pre-Calculus), at least fifteen (15) credits from courses designated as merit/honors (a minimum of eight  honors credits, two of which will be Advanced Placement courses) in the Garrett County Public Schools Student Education Planning Guide, and accumulate a total weighted grade average (including all credit classes attempted in grades 9 through 12) of 90% or above.

MARYLAND HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATE

 

            The certificate shall be awarded only to students with disabilities who cannot meet the requirements for a diploma.

  1. ENROLLMENT - Enrolled in an education program for at least four (4) years beyond grade eight or its age equivalent.

  1. SKILLS - Determined by the I.E.P. Team, with the agreement of the parents, as appropriate for the individual to:

  1. ALTERNATIVE - The student has been enrolled in an educational program for four years beyond grade eight or its age equivalent and has reached age twenty-one.

 

Source:  COMAR 13A.03.02

 


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Instruction 331
Adopted no date specified
Revised 8/13/81, 6/07/88, 12/13/93, 5/14/02, 04/08/03, 7/12/05, 12/05/08, 10/11/11 LB