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 Credits
I, II, III, IV or
a designated combination of 4 courses
4 Credits
English I, II, III, IV
Mathematics 4 Credits
Math I, II, III
4th Math Course to be aligned with the student’s post high school plans
A student, in some circumstances, may have an alternative math course sequence as outlined under State Board of Education policy or due to the transition in standards. Please see your school counselor for more details.
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
American History: The Founding Principles, Civics and Economics, World History,
American History I: American History II OR AP US History, IB History of the Americas, additional social studies course
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
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
Arts Education (Dance, Music, Theatric Arts, Visual Arts    
Total 28 Credits plus any local requirements 28 Credits plus any local requirements