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 pass six credits. 
  • Students promoted from grade 10 to grade 11 must pass thirteen credits.
  • Students promoted from grade 11 to grade 12 must pass:

classes of 2017 and 2018-eighteen credits
classes of 2019 and beyond-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
 
English
4 sequential (English I, II, III, and IV)
 
Mathematics
4 (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.)***
 
Science
3 (a physical science course, Biology, and earth/environmental science)
 
Social Studies
4 (including American History: Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics; American History Parts I and II; and World History
 
Health/P.E.
1
 
Electives
6 (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)
 

Local Requirements
Courses Required
Year Entering 9th Grade
Total Credits Required for Graduation
2 Additional Electives
Entered 9th grade in 2013 or 2014
Classes of 2017 and 2018
22 credits (State)
2 credits (Local)
24 credits total
4 Additional Electives
Entered 9th grade in 2015
Class of 2019
22 credits(State)
4 credits (Local)
26 credits total
6 Additional Electives
Entering 9th grade in 2016
Class of 2020
22 credits(State)
6 Credits (Local)
28 credits total

* 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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