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
      • World History; Civics & Economics; and either American History I & II, or AP US History and a fourth social studies elective.
    • Healthful Living - 1 credit
      • Health/PE
    • Electives - 6 credits
      • At least two credits from across CTE/Arts/Language
      • 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)
    • 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.
    • Service Learning^ - 25 hours, or 15 hours pro-rated for seniors transferring from out-of-district.

    ^Local requirement.  Per board policy, "any inconsitency between board policy and State Board graduation requirements will be resolved by following the State Board requirements."

CHCCS Requirements for Promotion

    • 9th to 10th: Students must have earned  5 credits, including one credit of English and one credit of social studies.
      • Students begin working on the service learning requirement.
    • 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.
      • Students continue working to meet the service learning requirement.
    • 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.
      • Students continue working to meet the service learning requirement.  Students must complete the service learning requirement to receive a diploma.

    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.