High School Information

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Grading Scale:

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GPA:

Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is a number that summarizes your overall performance in your high school courses. For each final course grade you earn (end of semester grade), you earn a certain number of quality points. Your GPA is the average of those quality points.‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎

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Facts about GPA:

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Graduation Requirements:

In order to graduate high school, a student must complete 26 total credits.

Included in those 26 credits, students must additionally complete 16 core courses as mandated by the state of North Carolina.

The following Future-Ready Core Course of study must be completed in grades 9-12: 

 

Course Area

Requirements

Students Entering High School Prior to 2021

Requirements

Students Entering High School in 2021 or Beyond

Southern Wake Academy Credits Requirement

English

  • English I
  • English II
  • English III
  • English IV
  • English I
  • English II
  • English III
  • English IV

4

Mathematics

  • NC Math I
  • NC Math II
  • NC Math III
  • 4th Math based on Post-Secondary Plans
  • NC Math I
  • NC Math II
  • NC Math III
  • 4th Math based on Post-Secondary Plans

4

Social Studies

  • World History
  • American History I
  • American History II
  • Civics & Economics
  • World History
  • American History 
  • Founding Principles of the United States of America and North Carolina:  Civic Literacy
  • Economics and Personal Finance

4

Science

  • Earth/Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Physical Science
  • Earth/Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Physical Science

3

Health/PE

Health and PE

Health and PE 

1

Foreign Language

Two Credits of the SAME World Language (Required for the UNC System)

Electives

Two elective credits of any combination from either:

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

Two elective credits of any combination from either:

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

2

Electives

Four elective credits from one of the following: 

Career and Technical Education, Arts Education, or Cross-Disciplinary Courses

Four elective credits from one of the following: 

Career and Technical Education, Arts Education, or Cross-Disciplinary Courses

9

Advisory 

0.25 credit per year

 

1

Total

  

26

*The state of North Carolina requires 22 credits for graduation.  If a student is considered at risk of not meeting SWA graduation requirements (26 credits), a determination can be made by counselor, parent, student, and administrator to reduce the graduation requirements to the state requirement*

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The following Occupational Course of Study of study must be completed in grades 9-12: 

 

Course Area

Requirements

Students Entering High School 2020 and Prior

Requirements

Students Entering High School in 2021 or Beyond

Southern Wake Academy Credits Requirement

English

  • English I
  • English II
  • English III
  • English IV
  • English I
  • English II
  • English III
  • English IV

4

Mathematics

  • Introduction to Mathematics
  • NC Math I
  • Financial Management
  • NC Math I
  • NC Math II
  • NC Math III
  • 4th Math based on Post-Secondary Plans

3

Social Studies

2019 & Prior

  • Civics and Economics
  • American History

Entering in 2020

  • Civics & Economics
  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • World History
  • American History 
  • Founding Principles of the United States of America and North Carolina:  Civic Literacy
  • Economics and Personal Finance

2

Science

  • Applied Science
  • Biology
  • Earth/Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Physical Science

2

Health/PE

Health and PE

 

1

Occupational Preparation

  • Occ Prep I
  • Occ Prep II (2 credits)
  • Occ Prep III (2 credits)
  • Occ Prep IV

Two elective credits of any combination from either:

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

6

Electives

Four elective credits from Career and Technical Education 

Four elective credits from one of the following: 

Career and Technical Education, Arts Education, or Cross-Disciplinary Courses

4

Work Hours

  • 150 hours of school-based training
  • 225 hours of community-based training
  • 225 hours of paid employment
 

600 work hours

Total

  

22

High School Promotion Requirements

Grades 9-12:

● Promoted from 9th grade to 10th grade: 5 credits including English I and two core courses

● Promoted from 10th grade to 11th grade: 11 credits including English II and two more core courses

● Promoted from 11th grade to 12th grade: Promotion to senior status will be based on the ability to fulfill all graduation requirements including the total of 26 credits.

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