Student achievement begins with understanding the conditions, successes, and challenges of each school within our district.
To qualify for a state high school diploma, a student must earn a minimum of 24 Carnegie units of credit in state-approved courses distributed as follows:
- English Language Arts (must include English 2) 4.0
- Mathematics (must include Algebra 1) 4.0
- Science (must include Biology 1) 3.0
- Social Studies 3.0
- Must include US History/Constitution (1.0)
- Must include Economics (.5)
- Must include US Government (.5)
- Personal Finance .5
- Foreign Language* 1.0
- Physical Education or JROTC 1** 1.0
- Computer Science 1.0
- Electives 6.5
*Many colleges/universities require a min of 2.0 credits for Foreign Language
**Must include a health component
The new South Carolina accountability model provides information to build that understanding. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a US law passed in December 2015 that governs the United States K-12 public education policy. In response to ESSA, South Carolina outlines new performance indicators of which each elementary, middle, and high school receives an overall performance ratings to include College & Career Readiness measures.
The ratings for schools are based on meeting the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.
For additional details review the SC Report Card.