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COURSE WORK

            The Berryville High School and Middle School’s courses comply with ADE rules governing the comprehensive plan for consistency and rigor in course work.  January 10, 2005. (ACA6-11-105, 6-15-1506).

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

            Berryville High School’s requirements for graduation: 1 unit of credit is given for successfully completing a class for an entire school year with a grade of 60 or better, ½ credit for one semester of work.  Only those seniors who have met all requirements for graduation by the last day of classes for seniors will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.

All students will participate in the Smart Core curriculum unless the parent/guardian waives the student’s right to participate. In such case of a waiver, the student will be required to participate in Core. The required twenty-four (24) units, at a minimum, are to be taken from the Smart Core or Core as follows:

A. Smart Core Curriculum- Sixteen (16) Units

English- 4 units

  • English 9th grade
  • English 10th grade
  • English 11th grade
  • English 12th grade

Mathematics- 4 units (or 3 units of math and 1 unit of Computer Science*) At least one MATH unit must be taken in Grade 11 or Grade 12.

  • Algebra I; Algebra A/B
  • Geometry; Geometry A/B
  • Algebra II
  • Fourth Math (Pre-Calculus, Linear Models and Statistics, Algebra III, or Computer Science).

    **A 2 year algebra equivalent or a -2 year geometry equivalent may each be counted as 2 units of the 4 unit requirement for the purpose of meeting the graduation requirement, but only serve as 1 unit each toward fulfilling the Smart Core requirement.

    (Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable)

Science- 3 units with lab experience (or 2 units with lab experience and 1 unit of Computer Science*)

  • Biology (all students must have 1 unit in Biology)
  • Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics- 2 units

Social Studies- 3 units

  • Civics- 1/2 unit
  • World History- 1 unit
  • U.S. History- 1 unit
  • Other social studies- 1/2 unit

Oral Communications- 1/2 unit

Physical Education-1/2 unit (While one-half (1/2) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate).

Health and Safety- 1/2 unit

Fine Art-1/2 unit

Economics- 1/2 unit (Economics is required for graduation and may be counted depending on teacher licensure toward the required three (3) social studies credits or towards the six (7) required career focus elective credits.

Computerized Business Applications (CBA) - 1 unit (CBA is required by BHS for graduation and may be counted towards the six (6) required career focus elective credits. This course fills the one digital learning course credit required for graduation).

Career Focus- 7 units

+Beginning with the 2015 graduating class, all students must be trained in CPR before they graduate.

++Beginning with the 2017-2018 freshmen, students must complete personal finance curriculum.  

+++Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, all students must take and pass the United States Citizenship Civics Test

*Computer Science-A unit of Computer Science and Mathematics may replace the 4th math requirement or the 3rd science requirement based on the course offered.

A. CORE Curriculum – Sixteen (16) units

English- 4 units

  • English 9th grade
  • English 10th grade
  • English 11th grade
  • English 12th grade

Mathematics- 4 units (or 3 units of math and 1 unit of Computer Science*) At least one MATH unit must be taken in Grade 11 or Grade 12.

  • Algebra I; Algebra A/B
  • Geometry; Geometry A/B
  • Algebra II
  • Fourth Math (Pre-Calculus, Linear Models and Statistics, Algebra III, or Computer Science and Mathematics).

                        **A two-2 year algebra equivalent or a two-2 year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two 2 units of the four- 4 unit requirement for the purpose of meeting the graduation requirement, but only serve as one 1 unit each toward  fulfilling the Smart Core requirement.

(Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable)Science- 3 units (or 2 units with lab experience and 1 unit of Computer Science*)

  • Biology (all students must have 1 unit in Biology)
  • Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics - at least 1 unit
  • Environmental Science

Social Studies- 3 units

  • Civics- 1/2 unit
  • World History- 1 unit
  • U.S. History- 1 unit
  • Other social studies- 1/2 unit

Oral Communications- 1/2 unit

Physical Education-1/2 unit (While one-half (1/2) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate).

Health and Safety- 1/2 unit

Fine Art-1/2 unit

Economics- 1/2 unit (Economics is required for graduation and may be counted depending on teacher licensure toward the      required three (3) social studies credits or towards the six (6) required career focus elective credits.

Computerized Business Applications (CBA) - 1 unit (CBA is required by BHS for graduation and may be counted towards the six (7) required career focus elective credits. This course fills the one digital learning course credit required for graduation).

Career Focus- 7 units

+Beginning with the 2015 graduating class, all students must be trained in CPR before they graduate.

++Beginning with the 2017-2018 freshmen, students must complete personal finance curriculum. 

+++Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, all students must take and pass the United States Citizenship Civics Test

*Computer Science-A unit of Computer Science may replace the 4th math requirement of the 3rd science requirement based on the course offered.

United States Citizenship Civics Test

             Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, all students must take and pass the United States Citizenship Civics Test in order to receive a high school diploma. This test is identical to the naturalization test used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Students must correctly answer a minimum of 60 out of 100 questions. Students are allowed to retake the test as many times as necessary to receive a passing score. Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) can be exempt from this requirement.