Graduation Requirements.

Core Enrollment Expectations

The Clark County School District (CCSD) strives to prepare students for success in post-secondary education and in the workforce by providing a rigorous curriculum. The Core Enrollment Expectations are consistent with Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 389.018 and aligned with the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship minimum core curriculum requirements. To meet the requirements set forth by the Nevada State Board of Education, all students are enrolled in the Core Enrollment Expectations as outlined below:

Area of Study
Units
English
4
Mathematics (including Algebra II or higher)
4
Natural Science
3
Social Studies and History
3
Total
14

Students who successfully complete the Core Enrollment Expectations outlined here, with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 may qualify for the State of Nevada Millennium Scholarship. Please see your school counselor for more information about the Millennium Scholarship.

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Standard Diploma & Alternative Diploma (Cohorts 2020-2021)

Students who do not complete all requirements for a diploma will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies. Students earning an alternative diploma * will be eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies.

 
Area of Study
Units
English
4
Mathematics
3
Science
2
Arts/Humanities/Career & Technical Education (CTE) a
1
U.S. History
1
U.S. Government
1
Physical Education
2
Health
½
Use of Computers b
½
Electives
7 ½
Total
22 ½

*Students earning an Alternative Diploma will take the NAA exam in lieu of the ACT with Writing.

Standard Diploma & Alternative Diploma (Cohorts 2022 and beyond)

Students who do not complete all requirements for a diploma will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies. Students earning an alternative diploma * will be eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies.

 
Area of Study
Units
English
4
Mathematics
3
Science
2
Arts/Humanities/Career & Technical Education (CTE) a
1
U.S. History
1
U.S. Government
1
Physical Education
2
Health
½
Use of Computers b
½
College and Career Ready Flex c
2
Electives
6
Total
23

*Students earning an Alternative Diploma will take the NAA exam in lieu of the ACT with Writing.

Advanced Diploma (Cohorts 2020-2023)

To receive an Advanced Diploma, each student must complete twenty-four (24) units (credits) of approved course work and achieve a minimum of a 3.25 unweighted d Grade Point Average (GPA).

 
Area of Study
Units
English
4
Mathematics
4
Science
3
Social Studies a
1
U.S. History
1
U.S. Government
1
Physical Education
2
Health
½
Use of Computers b
½
Arts/Humanities/CTE
1
Electives
6
Total
24

Advanced Honors Diploma (Cohorts of 2020-2023)

To receive an Advanced Honors Diploma, each student must complete the Advanced Diploma requirements and 12 units of Honors, International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced Placement (AP) coursework in the required areas of study.

 
Required Areas of Study
Units
English
3
Mathematics
2
Science
2
Social Studies and History
2
Foreign Language (second year or higher)
1
Electives
2
Total
12

College and Career Ready Diploma (Cohorts 2020-2023)

Each student must complete twenty-four (24) units (credits) of approved course work, including:

  1. Eighteen (18) units in the required areas of study
  2. Six (6) units of elective credit in approved course work
  3. 3.25 GPA or higher (unweighted d or weighted e)
  4. Proficiency in two languages, or two (2) units in AP courses, IB courses, Dual Credit courses, CTE courses, Work Based Learning courses, or a world language course, and
  5. One or both of the following endorsements:
    • College-Ready endorsement for students who successfully complete a college readiness assessment, and receive not less than remedial scores for initial (non-remedial) placement into college-level English and mathematics courses
    • Career-Ready endorsement for students who successfully complete the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) – level Silver or above, or successfully complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) – score 50 or above, or obtain a Career and Technical Education Skills Attainment Certificate, or obtain a credential on Nevada’s Industry-Recognized Credentials List (OWINN).
 
Required Areas of Study
Units
English
4
Mathematics
4
Science
3
Social Studies a
1
U.S. History
1
U.S. Government
1
Physical Education
2
Health
½
Use of Computers b
½
Arts/Humanities/CTE
1
Electives
6
Total
24
aClark County School District students are required to take World History or Geography. This will satisfy either the Arts / Humanities / CTE state requirement for the standard diplomas or the additional social studies requirement for the advanced and advanced honors diplomas.
bSatisfactory completion of ½ credit of a computer literacy course offered in grades 6, 7, or 8 will meet the requirement for Use of Computers.
cFlex credits can be: a second or third year CTE concentrator course in one program of study, or a fourth year of mathematics (including Algebra II or higher), or a third year of science, or a third year of social studies.
dThe unweighted grade point average (GPA) will be calculated in the traditional manner (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, and F=0)
eThe weighted GPA is calculated by adding bonus points for successful completion of Honors, AP, or IB course work. The highest possible weighted GPA in the Cohort of 2020 is 4.800. Beginning with the Cohort of 2021, there will be no weighted GPA cap.

Testing Requirements

 

Students enrolled in Grade 11 of a Nevada school must take the ACT with writing to be eligible for a diploma.

All Nevada juniors will take the ACT with writing free of charge. This gives all Nevada students the opportunity to take a nationally recognized college admissions exam. This assessment is equivalent to all other ACT Assessments administered on national test dates throughout the country. Since this is an actual college entrance exam, results from this assessment can be submitted for college entrance by the student to their college or university of choice. Studies show that students who take the ACT are more likely to apply to and attend college. Parents and guardians can look at a student’s ACT results and work together to determine the best path to college and career

Students not enrolled in Grade 11 of a Nevada public school on either of the administration dates of the ACT are exempt from assessment participation requirements for graduation (NRS 389.807)

 

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