CHCCS Requirements for Graduation

    • English - 4 credits
      • English 9/I, English 10/II, English 11/III, English 12/IV
    • Mathematics - 4 credits
      • Math 1, Math 2, Math 3**, 4th Math* or Approved CTE elective
      • *For students who cannot successfully progress to a 4th, higher-level mathematics course, the state of North Carolina permits certain CTE and Math electives to substitute for the 4th Math course.
      • **For students who cannot successfully progress beyond Math 2, the the state of North Carolina permits certain CTE and Math electives to substitute for Math 3 & the 4th Math course.  CHCCS requires students pursuing a Math substitution in this manner to complete an four-credit elective pathway^.
      • If a student has an identified learning disability in the area of mathematics which could prevent mastery of Math 1, then consult with your counselor and EC case manager.  Other options may be available.
    • Science - 3 credits
      • Biology, a Physical Science (Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics), Earth/Environmental Science
    • Social Studies - 4 credits
      • Students entering 9th grade 2020-21 and beyond
        • World History; Civics; American History/US History; and Economics and Personal Finance.
      • Students entering 9th grade between 2014-15 and 2019-20
        • World History; Civics & Economics; at least one of American History I, II, or AP US History; and a fourth social studies course*.
        • *Students who take American History I are strongly encouraged to take American History II as their 4th social studies course.
    • Healthful Living - 1 credit
      • Health/PE
    • Electives - 6 credits
      • At least two credits from across CTE/Arts/Language
      • [While Board Policy 3460 stipuates, "At least one credit from CTE or Arts credit" (can be a part of the two-credit requirement above, but must earn a CTE or Arts credit if languages alone fulfill the requirement above), it also stipulates that inconsistencies between local and State Board of Education requirements are resolved by following the SBE requirements, which do not include this.]
    • CPR certification
      • Ordinarily completed during 8th grade Health/PE.  Arrangements are made at high schools to ensure students have the opportunity to fulfill this requirement.

CHCCS Requirements for Promotion

    • 9th to 10th: Students must have earned  5 credits, including one credit of English and one credit of social studies.
    • 10th to 11th: Students must have earned 10 credits, including two credits of English, two credits of social studies, one credit of math, and one credit of science.
    • 11th to 12th: Students must have earned 14 credits, including three credits of English, three credits of social studies, two credits of math, and two credits of science.

    Certain Newcomer ESL students and Occupational Course of Study (OCS) students may be exempted from these usual promotion requirements.

Minimum College Admissions Requirements

  • You can view the UNC-system's admission requirements for 4-yr schools here. These are good guidelines for most 4-yr schools, but you should verify each school's requirements on their own website.

    Generally, your high school diploma from CHS will fulfill all required coursework for 4-yr schools, as long as you complete a higher-level 4th math course and two units of a foreign language.  Of course, there are also GPA and testing requirements at many 4-yr schools.

    Generally, 2-yr schools like community colleges only require a high school diploma for admission.