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SCHOOL POLICIES AND STANDARDS MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION (effective for incoming freshmen 2008-2009 through 2013-2014)

LA CORE 4 CURRICULUM

ENGLISH                                                                                           4 UNITS  

Shall be English I, II, III, IV   

MATHEMATICS                                                                                4 UNITS  

Shall be Algebra I or Algebra I-Part 2, Geometry, Algebra II   

The remaining mathematics unit shall come for the following:   Financial Math, Advanced Math—Pre-

Calculus, Advanced Math—Functions and Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability and

Statistics, Discrete Math, or a locally–initiated elective approved by BESE as a math substitute 

SCIENCE                                                                                           4 UNITS  

Shall be Biology I and Chemistry I  

The remaining 2 science units shall come from the following:  Physical Science, Integrated Science,  

Physics I, Physics of Technology I, Aerospace Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics II, Physics of Technology II, Agriscience II, Anatomy and Physiology, or a locally initiated elective approved by BESE as a science substitute

SOCIAL SCIENCES                                                                          4 UNITS  

Shall be ½ unit of Civics or AP American Government, ½ unit of Free Enterprise, American History

One remaining unit shall come from the following: World History, World Geography, Western Civilization, or AP European History

One remaining unit shall come from:  World History, World Geography, Western Civilization, AP

European History, Law Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or African-American Studies  

  

HEALTH EDUCATION                                                            

  

1/2 UNIT  

PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                        

  

1 ½ UNITS  

FOREIGN LANGUAGE                                                           

Shall be in the same foreign language or 2 Speech courses  

  

2 UNITS  

ARTS                                                                                        

1 UNIT  

Shall be Fine Arts Survey, or 1 unit of Art, Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, or Applied Arts  

  

ELECTIVES     

  

  

  

  

  

              

3 UNITS  

                           

  

  

  

       

 TOTAL:     

24 UNITS    

NOTE:   A student completing a Career and Technical Area of Concentration may substitute a

BESE/Board of Regents approved IBC-related course from within the student’s Area of  Concentration for the fourth science unit, social studies unit and for the art unit.  

SCHOOL POLICIES AND STANDARDS MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION (effective for incoming freshmen 2008-2009 through 2013-2014)

BASIC CORE CURRICULUM

COURSES REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE GRANTED AN EXEMPTION FROM  LA CORE 4 AFTER COMPLETEING TWO YEARS HIGH SCHOOL    

ENGLISH                                                                                           4 UNITS  

English I, II, III, IV or Senior Applications in English  

MATHEMATICS                                                                                4 UNITS  

Algebra I (1 unit); Algebra I, Part 1 and Algebra I, Part 2 (2 units); Geometry  

The remaining units shall come from the following:  Algebra II, Financial Math, Math Essentials,

Advanced Math—Pre-Calculus, Advanced Math—Functions and Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Math, or a locally-initiated elective approved by BESE as a math substitute

SCIENCE                                                                                           3 UNITS  

Biology I 

1 unit from physical science cluster:  Physical Science, Integrated Science, Chemistry I, Physics I, Physics of Technology 1  

1 unit from the following: Aerospace Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics II, Physics of Technology II, Agriscience II, Anatomy and Physiology, or an additional course from the physical science cluster.  

SOCIAL SCIENCES                                                                          3 UNITS  

American History, ½ unit of Civics or AP American Government, ½ unit of Free Enterprise,  1 unit from the following:  World History, Western Civilization, World Geography, or AP European History.  

HEALTH EDUCATION                                                                     1/2 UNIT  

PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                                 1 ½ UNITS  

            Note:  The substitution of JROTC is permissible.  

EDUCATION FOR CAREERS OR   

JOURNEY TO CAREERS *                                                             1 UNIT  

Shall include the minimum courses required to complete a Career Area of Concentration*  

ELECTIVES                                                                                       7 UNITS   

TOTAL:         24 UNITS        

SCHOOL POLICIES AND STANDARDS MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION (effective for incoming freshmen 2010-2011 – 2013-2014)

CAREER DIPLOMA CURRICULUM

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS/ GUARDIANS CHOOSING TO FOLLOW THE CAREER DIPLOMA GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

ENGLISH                                                                                           4 UNITS  

English I, English II  

Two units from the following:  Technical Reading and Writing, Business English, Business Communications, Using Research in Careers (1/2 credit), American Literature (1/2 credit), Film in America (1/2 credit), English III, English IV, and Senior Applications in English.  

MATHEMATICS                                                                                4 UNITS  

Algebra I (1 unit); Algebra I, Part 1 and Algebra I, Part 2 (2 units)  

The remaining units shall be from the following:  Technical Math, Medical Math, Applications in Statistics and Probability, Financial Math, Math Essentials, Algebra II, Advanced Math—Pre-Calculus, and Discrete Math  

SCIENCE                                                                                           3 UNITS  

Biology I (1unit)  

One unit from the following physical science cluster:  Physical Science, Integrated Science Chemistry I, ChemCom, Physics I, Physics of Technology.  

The remaining unit shall come from the following:  Food Science, Forensic Science, Allied Health

Science, Basic Body Structure and Function, Basic Physics with Applications, Aerospace Science,

Earth Science, Agriscience II, Physics of Technology II, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Science, Biotechnology in Agriculture, Environmental Studies in Agriculture, Health Science II, EMT—Basic, or an additional course from the physical science cluster.  

SOCIAL STUDIES                                                                            3 UNITS  

American History (1 unit), ½ unit of Civics, ½ unit of Free Enterprise  

One additional unit from the following:  American Government, Economics, Law Studies, Psychology, Sociology, African American Studies, Child Psychology and Parenthood Education.  


HEALTH                                                            

  

  

 

1/2 UNITS  

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                

  

 

 

1 1/2 UNITS  

 

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION     

  

 

7 UNITS             

  

            Education for Careers or Journey to Careers               

            6 Credits required for a career Area of Concentration              

                                                                                                         

                                                                              TOTAL:                 23 UNITS 

TOPS UNIVERSITY DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

For students entering 9th grade in 2014-2015 and beyond

ENGLISH                                                                                           4 UNITS  

English I, English II  

One unit from the following:  English III, AP® English Language Arts and Composition, IB® Literature, IB® Language & Literature, or IB® Literature & Performance

One unit from the following:  English IV, AP® English Literature and Composition, IB® Literature, IB® Language & Literature, or IB® Literature & Performance

MATHEMATICS                                                                                4 UNITS  

Algebra I

Geometry

One unit:  Algebra II (Integrated Mathematics I, Integrated Mathematics II, and Integrated Mathematics III may be substituted for the Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II sequence)

One unit from the following: Algebra III; Advanced Math - Functions and Statistics, Advanced

Math - Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus, IB® Math Studies (Math Methods), Calculus, AP® Calculus AB, AP® Calculus BC, Probability and Statistics, AP® Statistics, IB® Mathematics SL, or IB® Mathematics HL

SCIENCE                                                                                           4 UNITS   

Biology I (1unit)   Chemistry I

Two units from the following:  Earth Science; Environmental Science; AP® Environmental Science or IB® Environmental Systems; Physical Science, Agriscience I and Agriscience II (the elective course Ag I is a prerequisite for Ag II); one of

Chemistry II, AP® Chemistry, IB® Chemistry I, or IB® Chemistry II; Physics I, or IB® Physics I; one of AP® Physics C:

Electricity and Magnetism, AP® Physics C: Mechanics, or IB® Physics II AP® Physics I, AP® Physics II; one of Biology II, AP® Biology, IB® Biology I, or IB® Biology II

SOCIAL STUDIES                                                                            4 UNITS  

One unit from the following: U.S. History, AP® U.S. History, IB® History of the Americas I

One unit from the following:  Government, AP® U.S. Government and Politics: Comparative, AP® U.S. Government and Politics: United States, or Civics

Two units from the following:  One of Western Civilization, European History, or AP® European History; one of World

Geography, AP® Human Geography, or IB® Geography; World History or AP® World History; IB® History of the Americas II; Government, Economics; AP® Macroeconomics; AP® Microeconomics; or IB® Economics

FOREIGN LANGUAGE                                                                    2 UNITS

Foreign Language, both units in the same language, which may include the following:  

American Sign Language I, II, III, IV; B® Language ab initio: Arabic, IB® Language B: Arabic; AP® French Language and

Culture, IB® Language ab initio: French, IB® Language B: French, French III, IV; AP® German Language and Culture, IB®

Language ab initio: German, IB® Language B: German, German III, IV; AP® Latin, IB® Classical Language, Latin III, IV;

AP® Spanish Language and Culture, IB® Language ab initio: Spanish, IB® Language B: Spanish, Spanish III, IV; AP®

Chinese Language and Culture, IB® Language ab initio: Chinese, or IB® Language B: Chinese, Chinese III, IV; AP® Italian

Language and Culture, IB® Language ab initio: Italian, IB® Language B: Italian, Italian III, IV; AP® Japanese Language and Culture, IB® Language an initio: Japanese, IB® Language B: Japanese, Japanese III, IV, or other approved courses identified by LDE

ART                                                                                                    1 UNIT

One unit from the following:  Visual Arts courses (Bulletin 741 §2333), Music courses (Bulletin 741 §2355), Dance courses (Bulletin 741 §2337), Theatre courses (Bulletin 741 §2369), Speech III and IV (one unit combined), Fine Arts Survey, Drafting

HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                 2 UNITS   

Physical Education I

 ½ Unit from the following:  Physical Education II, Marching Band, Extracurricular Sports, Cheering, or Dance Teams

 ½ Unit from the following:  Health Education (JROTC I and II may be used to meet the Health Ed)


ELECTIVES     

 

  

 

 

                         

3 UNITS

                           

  

  

  

      TOTAL:     

24 UNITS 

JUMP START TOPS TECH (Career Diploma) COURSE REQUIREMENTS[1]

For students entering 9th grade in 2014-2015 and beyond

ENGLISH                                                                                                       4 UNITS  

English I, English II  

Two units from the following:  English III, English IV, AP® or IB® English courses, Business English, Technical Writing, or comparable Louisiana Technical College courses offered by Jump Start regional teams as approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

MATHEMATICS                                                                                            4 UNITS  

Algebra I; Algebra I, Part 1 and Algebra I, Part 2; or an applied or hybrid Algebra course 

Three units from the following:  Geometry, Math Essentials, Financial Literacy (formerly Financial Math), Business Math, Algebra II, Algebra III, Advanced Math - Functions and Statistics, Advanced Math - Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus, or comparable Louisiana Technical College courses offered by Jump Start regional teams as approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

SCIENCE                                                                                                       2 UNITS  

Biology I 

One unit from the following: Chemistry I, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Agriscience I and Agriscience II (one unit combined), or AP® or IB® Science Courses 

SOCIAL STUDIES                                                                                        2 UNITS

(One credit of Civics may be substituted for any two of the one-half credit Social Studies courses specified) U.S. History, AP U.S. History, IB® History of the Americas I

½ credit from the following: Government, AP® U.S. Government and Politics: Comparative, or AP® U.S. Government and Politics: United States

½ credit from the following: Economics, AP® Macroeconomics, or AP® Microeconomics  

HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION (JROTC may be substituted for PE)        2 UNITS  

Physical Education I

½ Unit from the following: Physical Education II, Marching Band, Extracurricular Sports, Cheering, or Dance Teams ½ Unit from the following:  Health Education (JROTC I and II may be used to meet the Health Ed requirements

JUMP START                                                                                                9 UNITS                         

Jump Start course sequences, workplace experiences, and credentials as approved in Regional Jump Start proposals.

                                                                                                              

                                                                                                TOTAL:          23 UNITS 

JUMP START REQUIRED CREDENTIALS   

Students must attain an approved statewide or regional credential in order to graduate.  

JUMP START REQUIRED TESTING   

When students take a course corresponding with an End-of-Course test, students are required to take the test. Students remain required to score at least a “Fair” on three of six courses.  

Students also must take the EPAS tests: Explore, Plan, and ACT. Jump Start teams may elect to have students pursuing the Career Diploma take the WorkKeys test in addition to the ACT. The Department of Education will establish a policy creating score level equivalents between the ACT and WorkKeys. A student’s highest equivalent score, resulting of the student’s score on either the ACT or WorkKeys, would generate ACT index accountability points. 

NOTE:  Graduating seniors will be dismissed two weeks prior to the last day of school.  

Admission Requirements for Enrollment in Louisiana Public Post-Secondary Programs

Parents should contact a university’s admissions office or your high school guidance counselor for assistance.   

 [1] A student shall complete a regionally-designed, district-implemented series of Career and Technical Education Jump Start coursework and workplace-based learning experiences leading to a statewide or regional Jump Start credential. Each student’s Jump Start graduation pathway shall include courses and workplace experiences specific to the credential, courses related to foundational career skills requirements, and other courses (including career electives) that the Jump Start regional team determines are appropriate for the career pathway.

NOTE:  In order to meet the current TOPS Tech requirement students will need to complete an additional 3rd unit of science, 3rd unit of social studies, and a credit in a basic computer course. (The LDOE will be working with the Legislature during the next session in an attempt to harmonize the requirements of Jump Start and TOPS Tech.) 


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