NC Public School Curriculum and UNC System Minimum Admission Requirements

NC High School Graduation Requirements
Every public high school student must meet state course and credit requirements in addition to any local requirements in order to graduate from high school. 

Course of Study Requirements
Course of Study Requirements
English 4 Sequential Credits
4 Credits
English I*, II*, III, IV
Mathematics 4 Credits
1. NC Math 1, 2, 3 and a fourth mathematics course to be aligned with the student's post high school plans
2. In the rare instance a principal exempts a student from the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence, except as limited by N.C.G.S. §115C-81(b), the student will be required to pass: NC Math 1 and Math 2 plus two additional courses identified on the NC DPI Math options chart.
3 Credits
Introduction to Mathematics Math I
Financial Management
Science 3 Credits
A physical science course, Biology, Earth/Environmental Science
2 Credits Applied Science Biology*
Social Studies 4 Credits
1. Founding Principles of the United States of America and North Carolina:  Civic Literacy
2. Economics and Personal Finance
3. American History
4. World History 
2 Credits American History I American History II
World Languages Not required for high school graduation. A two-credit minimum is required for admission to a university in the UNC system. Not required
Health and Physical Education 1 Credit

Health/Physical Education

Students are required to successfully complete CPR instruction to meet Healthful Living Essential Standards as a requirement for high school graduation.

Accommodations/alternative assessments for students identified by ADA or IDEA will be provided.

1 Credit
Health/Physical Education
Electives or other requirements***  6 Credit Required
2 Elective Credits of any combination from either:

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Arts Education
  • World Languages

4 Elective Credits Strongly Recommended (Four Course Concentration) from one of the following:

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Arts and Education (e.g. dance, music, theater arts, visual arts)
  • Any other subject area (e.g. social studies, science, mathematics, and English)

6 Credit 
Occupational Preparation I, II, III, IV
Elective Credits
Additonal Requirements:
Completion of IEP Objectives
Career Portfolio

Career/Technical   4 Credits
Career/Technical electives
Total 22 Credits plus any local requirements 22 Credits plus any local requirements