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it's your future. it's your choice.

It's time to plan for your future. What do you want to be? Do you plan to go to college? Your answers to these questions will determine your journey. In 2006, the Duval County School Board approved new graduation requirements and course offerings for students entering the 2006-07 academic year as freshmen.

For more information regarding specific requirements, please contact the guidance counselor at your child's school.

Updated May 23, 2005

 Courses

General Requirements For students entering 9th grade prior to 2006-2007

General Requirements For students entering 9th grade in 2006-2007

English

4  credits
(major concentration in       composition and literature)

4   credits
(major concentration in composition and literature)

Mathematics

3  credits
1  credit Algebra I
1  credit geometry
1  credit of additional math

 

4   credits
(If Algebra I and/or geometry completed in middle school, 4 additional math credits required.)
1  credit Algebra I
1  credit geometry
1  credit Algebra II
1  credit of additional math

Science

3  credits
1  credit biology
2  credits in the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, earth/space) [Two must have a laboratory component.]

4  credits
1  credit biology
2  credits in the physical sciences        (chemistry, physics,  earth/space) [Two must have a laboratory component.]
1  credit of additional science

Add Math or Science

1  credit

 

Social Studies

3   credits
1   credit world history
1   credit American History
½  credit American Government
½  credit economics

3   credits
1   credit world history
1   credit American History
½  credit economics
½  credit American Government

Foreign Language

 

2   credits (If level 1 foreign language completed in middle school, 2 additional foreign language credits required.) Consecutive courses in the same language *

Practical Career Education and/or Visual/Performing Fine Arts

1    credit practical arts career education or exploratory education  or
1    credit performing fine arts or
½   credit in practical arts and
½   credit in performing fine arts

1   credit practical arts career education or exploratory education  or
1    credit performing fine arts or
½   credit in practical arts and
½   credit in performing fine arts

 

Keystone

 

½   credit

Senior Transition **

 

½   credit

Capstone Project

 

½   credit

Life Management Skills

½   credit

½   credit

Physical Education

 

1  credit
½ credit of personal fitness    
½ credit physical education elective

1     credit
½ credit of personal fitness              ½ credit physical education elective

Personal, Social, Family Relationships

½  credit

     

Electives

7    credits ***

5   credits***

Total

24  credits

26  credits

 

State Assessment Requirements

earn passing scores on the FCAT (grade 10)

earn passing scores on the FCAT (grade 10)

Grade Point Average Requirements (GPA)

earn a cumulative,  unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

earn a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

*    American Sign Language (ASL) may be used to meet the foreign language requirement.  Postsecondary institutions outside of Florida may not accept ASL as a foreign language credit.
**  Students who have taken an AP, AICE, IB or DE course may opt out.
***All 9th & 10th graders who scored a Level 1 or 2 on the FCAT Reading must be enrolled in Intensive Reading course.

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