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Mount Olive High School


Graduation Requirements

All students must earn 135 credits to graduate

Full-year courses 5 credits
Semester courses 2-1/2 credits
Grade Placement
Grade 10: 30 credits
Grade 11: 60 credits
Grade 12: 95 credits
Required courses for all students:
Language Arts Literacy 20 credits
PE/Health 20 credits
Mathematics 15 credits
Science 15 credits
United States History 10 credits
World Culture/World History
5 credits
World Language 5 credits

Visual or Performing Arts

5 credits
21st Century Life and Careers, or Career-Technical Education (Practical Arts) 5 credits
Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy (Financial Literacy) 2.5 credits

Additional graduation requirements:

  • Many four year colleges require students to have taken 2 consecutive years of a World Language. Students planning to continue their education at four year colleges are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of 10 credits in the same World Language. 
  • All students must enroll in a combination of a full year of Math or Science.
  • All students must be enrolled in at least 35 credits each of their four years.

Assessment requirements:

On August 3, 2016, the State Board of Education approved updated state regulations for the high school graduation assessment requirements in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for the Classes of 2016 through 2021 and beyond. These new state regulations (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1) became effective on September 6, 2016 and are detailed below.

The Classes of 2018 and 2019 – Students graduating as members of the Classes of 2018 and 2019 can meet graduation assessment requirements through any of these three pathways:
(1) Achieve passing scores on high school level PARCC assessments;
(2) Achieve scores defined in the table below on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer; or
(3) The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) portfolio appeals process.
(Special Education students, whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiencies, will continue to follow the graduation requirements set forth in their IEPs.)

The Class of 2020 – Students in the Class of 2020 can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through:
(1) Pass the PARCC Algebra I and English language arts/literacy (ELA) grade 10 assessments
The following pathways are available to students after they have taken all applicable PARCC assessments
for each of the courses in which they are enrolled:
(2) Achieve scores defined in the table below on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer, PARCC ELA 9, ELA 11, Geometry, Algebra II; or
(3) The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the NJDOE’s portfolio appeals process.

The Class of 2021 and Beyond – Starting with the Class of 2021, students will only have two pathways to meet the high school graduation assessments requirements:
(1) Pass the PARCC Algebra 1 and English language arts/literacy (ELA) grade 10 assessments; or
(2) The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the NJDOE’s portfolio appeals process, assuming the student has taken all PARCC assessments associated with the high school level courses for which they were eligible* and received valid scores.

Each school year the NJDOE will determine the proficiency level needed on the assessments to meet the requirements.
It is important to note that our students have always been able to meet graduation requirements through an alternative assessment or pathway to graduation throughout New Jersey’s forty-year history with a statewide assessment program, and will continue to be able to do so.
In this document, you will find charts containing the list of assessment requirements in both ELA and mathematics for the high school graduation Classes of 2018 through 2021.
Note: * “Eligible” is defined as a student who is enrolled in a high school course for which there is a PARCC test and received a valid score. This includes all of these courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, and ELA 11.

Mount Olive High School
18 Corey Road Flanders, NJ 07836
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