High school students learn important skills and knowledge through direct instruction from their teachers, collaboration with their peers, opportunities for problem-solving, and independent mastery. Instructional technology is used to engage students in critical thinking, research using approved resources, and communication of their ideas. Students develop concepts and knowledge in:
Classes of 2015 and Beyond:
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Art and Music
- Physical Education and Health
All students MUST earn 24 credits (4 English; 4 Math including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra 2, and one more; 3 Science including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one higher level science; 3 history including World History, U.S. History, Government, and Economics; 1 HOPE credit; 1 Performing Art credit; and 8 elective credits) Must complete a course on a virtual school.
The new graduation requirements will take effect based on the year that students enter 9th grade. The new requirements are outlined below.
For students entering 9th grade in 2013-14 (Class of 2017) and BEYOND:
- Grade 10--Florida Standards Assessment in English Language Arts (ELA)
- Pass Algebra 1 and earn a Level 3 score on the EOC (It also counts 30% of final grade)
- Pass Geometry and the EOC counts 30% of final grade
- Pass Biology and the EOC counts 30% of final grade
- Take the U.S. History EOC and have it count 30% of the final grade
- Take the Algebra 2 EOC and have it count 30% of the grade if the course is taken
- One course completed via a virtual class
*If you go for the Scholar Designation---You must earn a Level 3 or higher on all EOC tests (except Geometry), Pass the FSA Assessment in both 10th and 11th grades, and take at least one AP, IB, or Dual Enrollment Class. Sequence of courses include one higher science than Physics or Chemistry.