Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements


Grade
Class of
9
2021
10
2020
11
2019
12*
2018
 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.

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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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