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    High School Graduation Requirements 
     
    In support of student success, the Atlanta Board of Education shall offer programs of study that permit students to earn unit credit in grades 9 through 12 leading to graduation with a diploma that prepares students for postsecondary education and careers. To participate in any graduation exercises or ceremonies, Atlanta Public Schools seniors must meet all of the requirements specified below for a regular education diploma or a special education diploma.

     

     

     

    Area of study

     

    Units required for

    ninth-graders entering in 2013-2014 and beyond

    English/Language Arts

     

    4

    1 unit Ninth Grade Literature/Composition

    1 unit American Literature/Composition

    2 units English/Language Arts Core, including AP/IB courses 

    Mathematics

     

    4

    1 unit Mathematics 1, GSE Algebra, or equivalent

    1 unit Mathematics 2, GSE Geometry, or equivalent

    1 unit Mathematics 3, GSE Advanced Algebra, or equivalent

    1 additional unit Mathematics Core, including AP/IB courses

    *See requirements for students with disabilities below


    Science

     

    4

    1 unit Biology 1

    1 unit Physical Science or Physics 1

    1 unit Chemistry 1, Earth Systems, Environmental Science or an AP/IB course

    1 unit Science Core, including AP/IB courses

    Social Studies

     

    3

    1 unit United States History

    1 unit World History

    ½ unit Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

    ½ unit American Government/Civics

    Modern Language/Latin

    2

    2 units of the same modern language, Latin, American Sign Language, or Computer Science

    Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, Modern Language/Latin or Fine Arts

     

    1

    Physical Education

     

    1

    ½ unit Personal Fitness

    Health

    ½

    ½ unit Health

    Community Service

    ½

    Required

    20

    Electives

     

    Total

    24