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Graduation Requirements

  • Class of 2017
  • Entering 9th grade 2013 – 2014
  • Course of Study Requirements
    • Future-Ready Core
    • Occupational Prep

4 English

  • Future-Ready Core Course of Study
  • 4 English
  • 4 math
  • 4 social studies
  • 4 science
  • 2 PE/Health/LMS
  • 2 electives (electives must be any combination of Career Technical Education, Arts Education or Second Language)
  • 2 additional electives (from CTE, JROTC, Arts Education or any other subject area)
  • Total = 22 credits

Future-Ready Core English

  • English I, II, III, and IV required
  • Levels include regular, honors, seminar, and/or AP

Future-Ready Core Science

  • Biology
  • Earth/Environmental
  • A physical science (e.g. Chemistry)
  • One additional science
  • (Levels include regular, honors, AP)

Future-Ready Core Social Studies

  • World History
  • Civics and Economics
  • American History I and II or AP U.S. History and one additional course
  • (Levels include regular, honors, seminar, AP)

Future-Ready Core Math

  • Four mathematics credits are required
  • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or Integrated Math I, II, III
  • And a fourth math course to be aligned with the student's after high school plans (e.g. college or work).
  • Many options exist. Please talk to your teachers and counselors.
  • Math I
  • Math II
  • Math III
  • Math IV
  • Workforce
  • Algebra I
  • -or-
  • Integrated Math I
  • Geometry
  • -or-
  • Integrated Math II
  • Algebra II
  • -or-
  • Integrated Math III
  • Advanced Functions and Modeling
  • Discrete Math
  • -or-
  • Integrated Math IV
  • Mathematics Sequences
  • Math I
  • Math II
  • Math III
  • Math IV
  • Algebra I
  • - or -
  • Integrated Math I
  • Geometry
  • Geometry
  • - or -
  • Integrated Math II
  • Algebra II
  • Algebra II
  • - or –
  • Integrated Math III
  • Pre-Calc
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Discrete Math
  • Advanced Functions and Modeling
  • - or -
  • Integrated Math IV
  • - or -
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Stats


  • Students must complete four elective credits to satisfy WS/FCS graduation requirements.
  • 2 electives must be any combination of Career Technical Education, Arts Education or Second Language
  • and
  • 2 additional electives (from CTE, JROTC, Arts Education or any other subject area).

Career Technical Education

  • Students may select from a range of courses in this area including: Agriculture, Business and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Health Occupations, Marketing, Technology, and Trade and Industrial.
  • CTE courses benefit all students, particularly those pursuing work or community college after high school.

Arts Education

  • Students may select from a range of courses in this area including Band, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Theater Arts, and Visual Arts.
  • An Arts Course is one of the requirements for receiving recognition as a North Carolina Scholar.

Second or Foreign Language

  • Students seeking to satisfy college admissions requirements must complete two units of a second language.
  • Second Language offerings include, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.

Air Force JROTC

  • Students interested in developing leadership skills may consider taking JROTC courses.
  • Aerospace Science (Air Force) is offered at Reagan.

Occupational Course of Study

  • Who may participate:
  • Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Students for whom the NC Standard Course of Study is not appropriate*

Occupational Course of Study

  • 4 units of Occupational English
  • 3 units of Occupational Math (Including Algebra I)
  • 2 units of Occupational Science (Including Biology)
  • 2 units of Occupational Social Studies
  • 1 unit of PE/Health
  • 4 units of Career/Technical Education
  • 6 units of Occupational Prep
  • Total= 22 units

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Should my student take an AP course as a 9th grader?
  • If my student gets “in over his/her head,” what is the process for changing courses?
  • Why can’t my student change his/her mind over the summer about course selections?
  • What are the differences between standard, honors, seminar, AP?

Standard Courses

  • Standard Courses
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Adequate writing skills
  • Some critical thinking
  • More teacher directed activities
  • More structure
  • Honors Courses Seminar Courses
  • Good critical analysis skills Divergent/independent thinker
  • Good writing skills Strong writing skills
  • Good reading comprehension Self-motivated
  • Some note taking skills Mastered note taking
  • Independent worker Enjoys learning for “learning sake”
  • Problem solver Pulls weight in group setting
  • More frequent tests Handles large “chunks” of material May have fewer assignments More enrichment activities

Can you read 30 pages a night and outline a chapter?

  • Can you read 30 pages a night and outline a chapter?
  • Do you have the discipline to keep up with outside reading?
  • Are you prepared to spend up to two hours on one course?
  • Can you answer lengthy essay questions on tests?
  • Advanced Placement
  • Mature
  • Self-motivated
  • Independent/divergent thinker
  • Excellent critical analysis skills
  • Mastered note taking
  • Extensive reading & outside assignments – may be over 30 pages per day.
  • Strong reading comprehension
  • Assignments cover large chucks of material
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Must take the AP exam or accept a grade below earned grade and will not receive AP points toward weighted GPA.

Course Assignments

  • Student course placements are made based on objective information including test scores from the previous year.
  • Examples:
  • Rising 9th graders who score at the mid-point Level IV (370) or higher on the 7th grade reading EOG exam will be assigned to AP World History.
  • Rising 9th graders (completing Algebra I) with a scale score of 364 or higher on the 7th grade EOG math exam will be assigned to Honors Geometry.
  • Parent Choice:

Registration of Students attending Independent/Homeschool

  • Students who are attending an independent school or a homeschool can contact Mitzi Davis in Student Services at 703-6778 to receive information regarding the registration process. Ms. Davis will set up meetings for students to register for 9th grade.
  • Please note, course availability is not time sensitive for newly registering students.

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