The South Carolina Department of Education adopted college- and career- ready standards effective for the 2015-2016 school year. South Carolina requires that all 11th grade students take ACT WorkKeys. Further, to earn a South Carolina high school diploma, students are required to pass a high school credit course in science and United States history and four gateway courses (English, math, science and social studies) in which a state authorized end-of-course examination, aligned to the South Carolina College and Career Ready Standards, is administered. End-of-course examinations comprise 20 percent of the student’s final course grade.
Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors
Students must complete at least 24 units to earn a regular high school diploma.
AP, IB, or dual enrollment English courses or Advanced Composition
First math or Algebra I
AP, IB, or dual enrollment math courses
One additional lab science
AP, IB, or dual enrollment sciences courses
U.S. History and Constitution
1/2 Credit Economics
1/2 Credit U.S. Government
Other Social Studies
IB or dual enrollment social studies courses
Foreign Language or Career Technology
South Carolina administers End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) assessments in four subjects: English I, Algebra I/ Math for the Technologies II, Biology I, and U.S. history and Constitution. The end-of-course assessments count as 20 percent of final course grades. Students must pass Biology I and U.S. History and Constitution courses to graduate high school. Students in grade 11 will take both the ACT and ACT WorkKeys.