graduation cap



    South Carolina High School Diploma = (24-unit requirement)

    English/Language Arts = 4 credits

    Mathematics = 4 credits

    Science* = 3 credits

    US History = 1 credit

    Economics = ½ credit

    US Government = ½ credit

    Other Social Studies = 1 credit

    PE or JROTC 1 credit

    Computer Science 1 credit

    Foreign Language/CATE Elective 1 credit

    Electives 7 credits

    Total 24 credits

    NoteAll students must pass a high school science course in which the end of course exam is administered.  Currently that course is Biology 1.  

    For students planning on attending a 4 year college:


    Course Requirements to South Carolina Public Colleges and Universities High School Course Requirements for Applicants to

    South Carolina Public Colleges and Universities

    Effective for Entering College Freshmen in the Academic Year 2011-12.



    Requirements for graduation



    At least two must have strong grammar and composition components, at least 1 in English literature and 1 in American literature. Completion of College Prep English I, II, III, and IV will meet this criterion.



    At least Algebra I (for which Applied Mathematics I and II may count together as a substitute, if a student successfully completes Algebra II) Algebra II and Geometry. A fourth higher-level math course should be selected from among Algebra III/trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, discrete math, or a capstone math course and should be taken during the senior year.

    Laboratory Science


    Two units must be taken in two different fields of the physical or life sciences and selected from among biology, chemistry, or physics. The third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two or from any laboratory science for which biology and/or chemistry is a prerequisite. Courses in earth science, general physical science, or introductory or general environmental science for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite is not a prerequisite and will not meet this requirement. It is strongly recommended that students take physical science (taught as a laboratory science) as a prerequisite to the three units of laboratory science. It is strongly recommended that students desiring to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering, or technology take one course in all three fields.

    US History










    Social Studies


    Global Studies I, Global Studies II, Psychology, Sociology, and Law Education are considered social studies credits. Students should check with their guidance counselor before considering other courses to meet this requirement.

    Foreign Language


    Two units of the same foreign language.

    Fine Arts


    One unit in Appreciation of, History of, or Performance in one of the fine arts.

    Physical Ed. or JROTC






    One unit must be taken as an elective. A college prep course in Computer Science (one involving significant programming content, not simply keyboarding) is strongly recommended for this elective. Other acceptable electives include college prep courses in English; fine arts; foreign language; social science; humanities; lab sciences (excluding earth science, general physical science, general environmental science, or the introductory science courses for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite); or mathematics above the level of Algebra II.


    19* (24)

    * Please note the college preparatory course requirements are minimal requirements for four year public college admission. The South Carolina diploma requires additional credits in electives and total credits.

    Some colleges will continue to require other courses for admission to specific degree programs. Successful completion of these requirements will not guarantee admission to any college. Most colleges will use admission standards such as class rank and aptitude or achievement test scores. Students should research the colleges to which they