It is the policy of the Board of Education to provide learning opportunities and programs, which are appropriate to the abilities, needs, and interests of students in order that they may successfully complete an appropriate course of studies leading to graduation. The Board of Education shall award the same high school diploma regardless of the program of studies completed by students. A diploma, therefore, represents only the accumulation of credits; it does not guarantee acceptance into schools to further one’s education.
It is necessary that a student’s program comply with the statute and administrative code of the State of New Jersey, the requirements established by the District Board of Education, and sound principles of education before a diploma will be granted. In order to graduate a pupil must:
- Pass all required State assessments.
- Earn a total of 120 Credits comprised of required classes and additional electives
- Meet the district attendance policy
- Pass the following courses:
Program of Studies
English Language Arts
United States History
Math - 3rd year
Visual and Performing Arts
21st Century Career and Life Skills
African American Studies
- Students will carry a minimum of fifteen (15) credits per semester and a minimum of thirty (30) credits per year.
- The principal alone may, for good reason, waive the minimum of thirty (30) credits per year with the understanding that the student needs 120 credits for graduation.
- High school level courses taken prior to Grade 9 may be used to meet prerequisites for advancement in a particular subject area and satisfy the Algebra requirement. A listing of these courses appears as a separate category on the high school transcript. However, because graduation credit requirements may only be met by courses taken in Grades 9-12, courses taken prior to Grade 9 are not included in GPA or class rank nor do they count toward graduation requirements, except Algebra, which can satisfy the content requirement, but not the credit requirement.
- High school level courses taken in approved high school evening/day and review programs, and through distance learning, are not included in weighted or unweighted GPA or class rank.
- If a student completes all of the graduation requirements in three years, a student may be eligible to receive a diploma. This must be approved by the principal or designee.