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WCPS Promotion Standards

Middle School Local Promotion Standards (Grades 6-8)
Students in grades 6-8 must pass English/language arts, mathematics, and three additional subjects to be selected from cultural arts, second language, social studies, science, physical education, and career-technical education to be promoted. End of Grade (EOG) Test scores may be used to support a promotion/retention decision, but shall not be used as the sole criteria.

High School Local Promotion Standards (Grades 9-12)
  • Students promoted from grade 9 to grade 10 must have six credits. 
  • Students promoted from grade 10 to grade 11 must have thirteen credits.
  • Students promoted from grade 11 to grade 12 must have twenty credits
  • Additional WSE requirement: Grade level projects completed each year in grades 9-12
Future Ready Core Course of Study Credits Required for Students Entering Ninth Grade for the First Time in 2012-2013 and Thereafter
Courses Required*State Requirements
English4 sequential (English I, II, III, and IV)
Mathematics4 (Math I, Math II, Math III and a fourth math course aligned with the student’s post-high school plans)** (A principal may exempt a student from this math sequence. Exempt students will be required to pass either (1) Algebra I and Geometry or Integrated Math I and II. Exempt students also must pass Math I and II and two application-based math courses.)***
Science3 (a physical science course, Biology, and earth/environmental science)
Social Studies4 (including American History: Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics; American History Parts I and II; and World History
Electives6 (2 electives must be any combination of Career and Technical Education, Arts Education or World Language; 4 must be from one of the following: Career and Technical Education, J. R.0.T.C., Arts Education or any other subject area or cross-disciplinary courses. A four-course concentration is recommended.)*****
Total Credits:22 (State Requirements)
* Certain International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) courses will satisfy specific graduation requirements. See SBE policy GCS-L-008
** Students entering ninth grade for the first time prior to the 2014-15 school year have alternate math course options. See SBE policy GCS-N-004
*** Students seeking to complete minimum course requirements for UNC universities must complete four mathematics courses, including a fourth math course with Math III as a prerequisite.
**** American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics must follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) in its entirety and may not be satisfied by an AP/IB course, dual enrollment, or any other course that does not fully address the NCSCOS.
***** Students seeking to complete minimum course requirements for UNC universities must complete two years of a second language.
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