Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Class of
 Number of credits that must be earned 124 124 126 128
 Number of courses that must be taken and passed: ***
English **** 4 4 4 4
Mathematics (MA Colleges/Universities require 4 years) 3 3 3 3
Social Studies ***** 3 3 3 3
Science 3 3 3 3
Physical Ed. ****** 4 4 3 3**

Students must adhere to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) MCAS requirements (or comprehensive exam as determined by DESE) to receive a diploma.

* Seniors must earn a minimum of 25 credits in their senior year to graduate.
** One unit of PE/Wellness must be in the students' senior year
***A unit is equivalent  to two trimesters under the previous schedule and a full year course starting with the 2016-2017 school year in all disciplines except for Wellness/PE. One trimester under previous schedule and a semester starting with the 2016-2017 school year satisfies a unit for Wellness/PE.
**** The four English courses that satisfy this requirement are exclusive of electives.
***** All students must pass three courses in social studies, one of which must be American History 2.
****** Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, all students must participate in a Wellness/PE course each year per MA state regulations. Students must pass up to four units of Wellness/PE depending on year of graduation:
Classes of 2019-2021: two of which must be comprehensive health courses and two physical education courses
Class of 2018: a minimum of one comprehensive health course and one physical education course


Please see the MHS Handbook for additional clarification regarding graduation requirements.


Provided the student meets the eligibility requirement, failures must be made up in summer school before a student is able to proceed to the next appropriate English course. Seniors will be required to enroll in the evening school English class to meet this requirement.



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