Delaware

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High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

Students must complete at least 24 units to earn a high school diploma.

Subject

Credits

Required Courses

Substitutions

English

4

Four English courses

An English II course must be completed.

Math

4

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra II or Integrated Math III

Another advanced math course

No less than the equivalent of the traditional requirements of Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II courses.

One math credit must be earned in the senior year.

Laboratory Science

3

Biology and two other courses

Not specified

Social Studies

3

U.S. History and two other social studies courses

Not specified

World Language

2

Two courses in the same language

Demonstrating Novice-high or higher proficiency level on a nationally recognized assessment of language proficiency, except English

Physical Education

1

 

Not specified

Health Education

1/2

   

Career Pathway

3

 

Credits pre-planned and sequential courses designed to develop knowledge and skills in a specific career or academic area.

Electives

3 1/2

   

Total Credits

24

   

Assessment Requirements

Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA) requires students to participate in the following assessments:

Grades

DeSSA Assessment

10

DeSSA/DCAS Science, PSAT 10

11 

DeSSA Socail Studies, SAT

12 

ACT WorkKeys

8 to 12

DCAS

High school sophomores were required to take the PSAT in fall 2014. High school juniors were required to take the SAT in spring 2015. 

Delaware also offers optional assessments: Smarter Interim Assessment for all grades as well as the PSAT for grade 9 and the PSAT/NMSQT for grade 11.