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Revised May 2012

North Carolina high school students are expected to meet specific course and credit requirements in order to receive a high school diploma. These requirements differ depending on when students entered ninth grade for the first time.

Over the past few years, the State Board of Education has changed graduation requirements to better reflect the skills and knowledge needed for success at community colleges, colleges and universities, and in business and industry. The course and credit requirements in place for students entering ninth grade in fall 2009 and later are commonly known as the Future-Ready Core.

To determine your course and credit requirements, look in the colored block for the section that matches when you entered ninth grade for the first time. Students should also be aware that local districts may impose graduation requirements above state requirements. School counselors are available to answer any questions you may have about what you need to graduate.

Course & Credit Requirements Chart
This chart provides an overview of the course and credit requirements for all students who entered high school beginning with the 2000-01 school year.
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Course and Credit Requirements Chart

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