Freehold Regional High School District Graduation Requirements

  • Graduation The Board of Education recognizes that the attainment of proficiency in academic skills is an integral part of its duty to provide a thorough and efficient education to New Jersey pupils. The goal of the district’s educational program is to produce citizens ready to meet the challenges of postsecondary education and the workforce. It is crucial to the attainment of this goal that pupils share in the responsibility of their own education. The Board of Education fulfills this statutory obligation by presenting in writing a graduation requirement policy. The Board of Education will recognize the successful completion of the secondary school instructional program by the award of a State-endorsed diploma certifying the student has met all State and local requirements for high school graduation.

    Regular attendance is required for the successful completion of a course of study and graduation. Pupils are expected to be present in every scheduled class, except if their attendance is excused in accordance with Board of Education Policy- Attendance #5200.

    For each year enrolled, a student shall carry a minimum of 30 credits unless excused under specific guidelines promulgated by the superintendent.

    Each student is required to take a minimum of 30 credits per year in order to graduate in four years. Sophomores must have successfully completed 30 credits; juniors must have successfully completed 60 credits; and seniors must have successfully completed 85 credits to be a senior of good standing. Each student must earn a minimum of 120 credits to graduate.

    A. High School Graduation Requirements

    A graduating student must have earned a minimum of one hundred twenty credits in courses designed to meet all of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards including, but not limited to, the following credits:
    1. Twenty credits in language arts literacy aligned to grade nine through twelve standards;
    2. Fifteen credits in mathematics, including Algebra I or the content equivalent; geometry or the content equivalent; and a third year of mathematics that builds on the concepts and skills of algebra and geometry and that prepares students for college and 21st century careers;
    3. Fifteen credits in social studies, including satisfaction of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 18A:35-2; five credits in world history; and the integration of civics, economics, geography, and global content in all course offerings;
    4. Fifteen credits in science, including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent; one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course, and one additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course;
    5. Three and three-quarters credits in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as one hundred fifty minutes per week, as required by N.J.S.A. 18A:35-5, 7 and 8;
    6. Five credits in visual and performing arts;
    7. Five credits in world languages or student demonstration of proficiency as set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a)2ii(2);
    8. Two and one-half credits in financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy;
    9. Technological literacy, consistent with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, integrated throughout the curriculum;
    10. Five credits in 21st century life and careers, or career-technical education;
    11. Electives as determined by the high school program sufficient to total a minimum of one hundred twenty credits.
    The high school graduation credit requirement may be met in whole or in part through program completion of a range of experiences that enable students to pursue a variety of personalized learning opportunities, as follows:

    1. The district shall establish a process to approve individualized student learning opportunities that meet or exceed the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

    a. Individualized student learning opportunities in all New Jersey Student Learning Standards areas include, but are not limited, to the following:

    (1) Independent study;
    (2) Online learning;
    (3) Study abroad programs;
    (4) Student exchange programs; and
    (5) Structured learning experiences, including, but not limited to, work-based programs, internships, apprenticeships, and service learning experiences.

    b. Individualized student learning opportunities based upon specific instructional objectives aimed at meeting or exceeding the New Jersey Student Learning Standards shall:

    (1) Be based on student interest and career goals as reflected in the Personalized Student Learning Plans;
    (2) Include demonstration of student competency;
    (3) Be certified for completion based on the district process adopted according to 2. below; and
    (4) Be on file in the school district and subject to review by the Commissioner or designee.

    c. Group programs based upon specific instructional objectives aimed at meeting or exceeding the New Jersey Student Learning Standards shall be permitted and shall be approved in the same manner as other approved courses.

    B. Additional Graduation Requirements
    1. Attendance requirements as indicated in Policy and Regulation 5200;
    2. Any statutorily mandated requirements for earning a high school diploma; and
    3. Any Statewide assessment graduation requirements as determined by the New Jersey Department of Education.

    C. Students with Disabilities

    1. Through the IEP process and pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-4.11 - Graduation, the district may specify alternate requirements for a State-endorsed diploma for individual students with disabilities as defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.3.

    a. The district shall specifically address any alternate requirements for graduation in a student’s IEP, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:14-4.11.
    b. The district shall develop and implement procedures for assessing whether a student with a disability has met any alternate requirements for graduation individually determined in an IEP

    D. High School Diploma

    1. The Board of Education shall award a State-endorsed high school diploma to prospective graduates who have met all of the requirements adopted in accordance with State and local Board of Education requirements.
    2. The Commissioner of Education shall award a State-issued high school diploma in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.2(c) and (d).

    3. The Board of Education shall award a State-endorsed high school diploma to any currently enrolled student formally requesting an early award of the diploma in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.2(e) and Board Policy 5465.