Graduation Requirements.

21st Century Course of Study

The 21st Century Course of Study Core Curriculum requirements are aligned with the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship minimum core curriculum requirements as outlined in both the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 396 and Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents Handbook Title 4 Chapter 18 Section 9.

Area of Study
Units
English
4
Mathematics (including Algebra II or higher)
4
Natural Science
3
Social Studies and History*
3
Physical Education
2
Health
½
21st Century Learning**
½
Electives
7 ½
Total
22 ½

* World History or Geography is required for all CCSD students. World History or Geography taken in CCSD fulfills the Arts/Humanities or Career and Technical Education state requirement.

** Successful completion of a one-semester computer literacy course offered in grades 6, 7, or 8 will satisfy the 21st Century Learning graduation requirement.

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Testing Requirements

 

Students enrolled in Grade 11 of a Nevada school during an administration of the College and Career Readiness Assessment (ACT) must take the ACT to be eligible for a diploma.

All Nevada juniors will take the ACT 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)

NV State Board of Education approved the transition from End of Course (EOC) Examinations to End of Course Finals.

For the 2017-18 school year there is a requirement to pass the course but no state requirement that the EOC Final is passed or that the final count for a specific percentage of a student’s grade. Starting in 2018-19 the EOC final will count at 10% of the student’s final grade and increase 5 percentage points each year until reaching 20% of the grade in 2020-21.

EOCs are administered in the following subjects:

  • Math I Emphasis on Algebra I
  • Math II Emphasis on Geometry
  • English language arts I with a Focus on Reading Comprehension
  • English language arts II with a Focus on Writing
  • Science with a focus on Life Science for Graduation Cohort 2020 and beyond
  • ELA Combined (reading and writing) for Graduation Cohort 2020 and beyond

 

Standard Diploma

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

 
Area of Study
Units
English
4
Mathematics
3
Natural Science
2
World History or Geography
1
US History
1
US Government
1
Physical Education
2
Health
½
21st Century Learning**
½
Electives
7 ½
Total
22 ½

** Successful completion of a one-semester computer literacy course offered in grades 6, 7, or 8 will satisfy the 21st Century Learning graduation requirement.

Advanced Diploma

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 Weighted Grade Point Average (GPA).

 
Area of Study
Units
English
4
Mathematics
4
Natural Science
3
World History or Geography **
1
US History
1
US Government
1
Physical Education
2
Health
½
21st Century Learning***
½
Arts/Humanities/CTE**
1
Electives
6
Total
24

** World History or Geography will satisfy either the student’s Social Studies credit or the student’s Arts/Humanities/CTE credit but not both. Students may take an additional course to receive credit for the additional requirement.
*** Successful completion of a one-semester computer literacy course offered in grades 6, 7, or 8 will satisfy the 21st Century Learning graduation requirement.

Advanced Honors Diploma

To receive an Advanced Honors Diploma, each student must complete the Advanced Diploma requirements and must complete the Honors, International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced Placement (AP) courses as indicated below resulting in an overall minimum Weighted GPA with Bonus Points of 3.85.

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

* The Weighted GPA with Bonus Points is calculated by adding bonus points for successful completion of Honors, AP, or IB course work.

 

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