|HCSS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS|
English Language Arts
|All students must take a core English Course every year|
|Including the completion of Algebra II and Geometry. All students must take a math course during their senior year.|
|Biology, Chemistry and Physics and their labs|
|Including World History II and US History I, and US History II|
|of the same language in two years|
|Physical Education||8 credits
All students must take PE every year in High School
|Fine Arts||4 credits|
|Additional Non-Core Courses (Electives)||22 credits|
|Senior Thesis*||5 credits|
The number of credits is calculated based on the number of periods per week.
- A student can earn a maximum of 165 in campus credits in high school.
- Students may earn extra credit and exceed the school maximum credits by:
- Dual enrollment courses from colleges approved by school Online college or high school courses approved by school.
- College Courses with a passing score will be awarded credits based on the course.
- Students can carry 8 (eight) Algebra 1 Math Credits to high school if they meet the criteria described in the honors policy.
- Seniors must have a full schedule for lunch regardless of their credits. Senior Thesis is offered during senior year and for more information visit www.hampdencharter.org.
- All 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students must complete a Science Fair project. All students must complete 40 hours of volunteer work (Community Service)
The Massachusetts Education Reform Law of 1993, state law, G.L. c. 69, § 1D, requires that all students who are seeking to earn a high school diploma must meet the Competency Determination (CD) standard, in addition to meeting all local graduation requirements. (http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/graduation.html)
Students must either earn a scaled score of at least 240 on the grade 10 MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests or earn a scaled score between 220 and 238 on these tests and fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP).
Students must also earn a scaled score of at least 220 on one of the high school MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) tests: Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering.