Arkansas

Post

High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

The state requires districts to enroll high school students in the Smart Core unless parents sign a waiver to opt their children out of the default curriculum, in which case they will participate in Basic Core. While the two diploma paths require the 22 course credits in each subject area, specific course requirements vary.

Subject Basic Core Smart Core

English

4 Credits:

English 9, 10, 11, and 12

4 Credits:

English 9, 10, 11, and 12

Math

4 Credits:

Algebra I or A&B

Geometry I or A&B

Third math (if both Algebra I and Geometry were completed

Fourth math (if Algebra I or Geometry were completed)

4 Credits:

Algebra I or A&B

Geometry I or A&B

Algebra II

Fourth math beyond Algebra II

Science

3 Credits:

Biology

Physical Science or Technology I

Third science (Chemistry or Physics) or Technology II

3 Credits:

Biology

Physical Science or Technology I

Third science (Chemistry or Physics) or Technology II

Social Studies

3 Credits:

World History

U.S. History

Civics

Other social studies or Economics

3 Credits:

World History

U.S. History

Civics

Other social studies or Economics

Oral Communication

1/2 Credit Oral Communication

1/2 Credit Oral Communication

Fine Arts

1/2 Credit

1/2 Credit

Health and Safety

1/2 Credit

1/2 Credit

Physical Education

1/2 Credit

1/2 Credit

Career Focus

6 Credits*

6 Credits*

Total Credits

22

22

*Courses Approved for the following career clusters: Agriculture, Food & Nature Resources, Architecture & Construction, Arts, A/V Technology & Communications, Business, Management & Administration, Education & Training Finance, Government & Public Administration, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales, & Service, Science Technology, Engineering, & Math, Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

The state requires high school students to take a half-unit digital course.

The Academic Challenge Scholarship (ACS) provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Students who graduated from an Arkansas public high school and made a 19 or higher on the ACT or an ACT equivalent are eligible for the ACS. Unconditional admission to more selective public universities requires the completion of the Smart Core.

Assessment Requirements

The state requires ACT Aspire for Grades 9 and 10. ACT participation in Grade 11 is optional.