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What does it take to graduate from High School?
FUTURE-READY CORE
Students who entered Grade 9 in Fall 2012 and beyond will require 22 credits to graduate. Please continue reading to learn more about the detailed credits in each subject area, including core subjects and electives.
Of the six (6) total elective units required for graduation, it is strongly recommended that four (4) elective credits (a four-course concentration) should be taken from one (1) of the following areas: Career and Technical Education, JROTC, Arts Education or any other subject area (e.g. mathematics, science, social studies, English). The remaining two (2) electives must be any combination from Career and Technical Education, Arts Education or World Languages. By taking elective credits in a concentrated area, students can tailor their course concentrations to fit their interests and goals while building a strong academic foundation.
The Occupational Course of Study is for some students with certified disabilities. These students should have the Occupational Course of Study identified in their Individualized Education Program. “Questions and Answers about the Future-Ready Core and High School Graduation Requirements” is available online at www.ncpublicschools.org/gradrequirements under Resources.

LOCAL REQUIREMENTS
State requirements are 22 credits for those who enter Grade 9 in 2012 and beyond. Local school districts may require additional courses and credits. Bladen County Schools require six additional credits in order to complete graduation. In addition to extra course and credit requirements, some districts and schools may require students to successfully complete a graduation project or other assignment to attain a high school diploma. All high school students must meet state and local requirements in order to receive a high school diploma. Students should ask their school counselor if they have questions concerning Bladen County Schools’ district requirements for high school graduation.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
There are a number of resources available online for parents who would like additional information on high school graduation requirements. The following Web resource provides state level requirements: www.ncpublicschools.org/gradrequirements. Check with your school counselor to learn about any local requirements.