Graduation Requirements 

Compiled from District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) Title 5 (Education), Chapter 22 (as of May 2007)


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Academic Graduation Requirements for DCPS 24.0 Diploma

To receive a DCPS diploma, students who enroll in 9th grade for the first time in School Year 2007-2008 and thereafter must earn 24.0 credits (or Carnegie Units) as follows:

Subject Credits
(Carnegie Units)
   Art 0.5 credits
   Electives 3.5 credits
   English 4.0 credits
   Health and Physical Education 1.5 credits
   Mathematics
  
(including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Upper Level Math)
4.0 credits
   Music 0.5 credits
   Science
  
(including biology, 2 lab sciences, and 1 other science)
4.0 credits
   Social Studies
  
(including World History I & II, DC History, US    
  Government, US History)
4.0 credits
   World Languages 2.0 credits
   Total 24.0 credits


Students must also meet the following requirements:

• At least 2.0 credits of the 24.0 required credits must be earned through courses that appear on the approved “College Level or Career Prep” list.
• 100 hours of Community Service

Academic Graduation Requirements for DCPS 23.5 Diploma

To receive a DCPS diploma, students who enrolled in 9th grade for the first time between School Year 1992-1993 and School Year 2006-2007 must earn 23.5 credits (or Carnegie Units) as follows:

Subject Credits
(Carnegie Units)
   Art 0.5 credits
   Career/Vocational Education 1.0 credits
   Electives 4.5 credits
   English 4.0 credits
   Health and Physical Education 1.5 credits
   Mathematics
  
(including Algebra I)
3.0 credits
   Music 0.5 credits
   Science
  
(including at least 1 lab science)
3.0 credits
   Social Studies
  
(including World History (1.0), US History (1.0),
   DC History (0.5), US Government (0.5), World
   Geography (0.5))
3.5 credits
   World Languages 2.0 credits
   Total  23.5 credits


• Students qualifying for the evening program high school diploma are not required to take the 1.5 credits in Health and Physical Education.
• All students must complete 100 hours of community service to receive a high school diploma.

Community Service Requirements

The Community Service Guide 2011-2012 provides guidance around the graduation requirement of community service, including roles and responsibilities, forms, procedures and FAQs.  

Please email questions to the Office of College and Career Readiness at occr@dc.gov

Download the SY 2012 - 2012 Community Service Guide

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