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Graduation Requirements

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

Academic Graduation Requirements for DCPS 24.0 Diploma

To receive a diploma in DC, 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)

English 4.0 credits
Mathematics (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) 4.0 credits
Science (must include three lab sciences) 4.0 credits
Social Studies (must include World History 1 and 2, United States History; United States Government, and District of Columbia History) 4.0 credits
World Language 2.0  credits
Art 0.5 credits
Music 0.5 credits
Health and Physical Education 1.5 credits
Electives 3.5 credits

Total

24.0 credits

  • For all students entering the ninth (9th) grade beginning school year 2009-2010, one (1) of the three (3) lab science units shall be a course in Biology.
  • At least two (2) of the twenty four (24) Carnegie Units for graduation must include a College Level or Career Preparatory  (CLCP) course approved by the student’s local education agency (LEA) and successfully completed by the student. The course may fulfill subject matter or elective unit requirements as deemed appropriate by the LEA. CLCP courses approved by the LEA may include courses at other institutions.
  • All students must enroll in Algebra no later than ninth (9th) grade commencing with the 2007-2008 school year.
  • 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.

 

Academic Graduation Requirements for DCPS 23.5 Diploma

To receive a diploma in DC, 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)

English 4.0 credits
Social Studies (to include DC History, World Geography and US Government (each .5 credits), US History and World History (each 1 credit) 3.5 credits
Science (including at least 1 lab science)  3.0 credits
Mathematics (including Algebra I) 3.0 credits
Health & Physical Education 1.5 credits
Career/Vocational Education 1.0 credits
World Languages 2.0 credits
Art 0.5 credits
Music 0.5 credits
Electives 4.5 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 (see above for more details).

Community Service Requirements

The Community Service Guide provides guidance for DCPS students 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 [email protected].