GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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Louisiana Graduation Requirements

 

 

LA Core 4 Curriculum

(This curriculum meets course requirements to enter a four year university upon graduation.)

 

Basic Core Curriculum

(students who opt out of LA Core 4)

(This curriculum meets course requirement to enter a community or technical college upon graduation.  Students can choose this diploma option upon completion of their second year of high school.)

English - 4 units

  • English I, II, III, and IV

Math – 4 units

  • Algebra I or Algebra I-Pt. 2
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Remaining unit shall come from the following: Financial Math, Math Essentials, Advanced Math–Pre-Calculus, Advanced Math–Functions and Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Math, or a locally-initiated elective approved by BESE as a math substitute.

Science – 4 units

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • 2 units from the following: Physical Science, Integrated Science, Physics I, Physics of Technology I, Aerospace Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics II, Physics of Technology II, Agriscience II, Anatomy and Physiology, or a locally initiated elective approved by BESE as a science substitute.*

Social Studies – 4 units

  • ½ unit of Civics/½ unit of Free Enterprise or 1 unit of Civics or AP American Government
  • American History
  • 1 unit from the following: World History, World Geography, Western Civilization, or AP European History
  • 1 unit from World History, World Geography, Western Civilization, AP European History, Civics (second semester – ½ credit), Law Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or African American Studies*

Health – ½ Unit

Physical Education – 1½ units                                  (The substitution of JROTC is permissible.)

Foreign Language – 2 units

  • 2 units from the same foreign language or 2 units of speech

Arts – 1 unit

  • Fine Arts Survey or one unit of Art, Dance, Music, or Theatre*

*Approved IBC-related course may be substituted.

Electives – 3 units

Total – 24 units

English – 4 units

  • English I, II, III and IV or Senior Applications in English

Math – 4 units

  • Algebra I or Algebra I-Pt1 and Algebra I-Pt 2
  • Geometry
  • Remaining units shall come from the following: Algebra II, Financial Math, Math Essentials,
  • Advanced Math–Pre-Calculus, Advanced Math–Functions and Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Discrete Math, or a locally-initiated elective approved by BESE as a math substitute

Science – 3 units

  • Biology
  • 1 unit from physical science cluster: Physical Science, Integrated Science, Chemistry I, Physics I, or Physics of Technology I
  • 1 unit from Aerospace Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics II, Physics of Technology II, Agriscience II, Anatomy and Physiology, an additional course from the physical Science cluster, or a locally initiated elective approved by BESE as a science substitute.

Social Studies – 3 units

  • American History
  • ½ unit of Civics/½ unit of Free Enterprise or 1 unit of Civics or AP American Government
  • 1 unit from World History, Western Civilization, World Geography, or AP European History

Health – ½ Unit

Physical Education – 1½ units                              (The substitution of JROTC is permissible.)

Education for Careers or Journey to Careers*- 1 unit

Electives- 7 units    (Electives shall include the minimum courses required to complete a Career Area of Concentration, *including Education for Careers or Journey to Career

Electives – 8 units

Total – 24 units