Graduation Requirements

A student contemplating the receipt of a diploma from Clairton High School must meet the state minimum requirements for twenty-five and one-half (25.5) credits.  In order to obtain credit for a course, a student must receive a passing grade.  The minimum requirement of 25.5 credits will be comprised of the following:

         Subject                                                                                               Credits

          English                                                                                                    4      

          Mathematics                                                                                           4                  

          Social Studies                                                                                         4

          Science                                                                                                   4                              

          Humanities (tech ed., music, additional courses in English and Social       2

                  Studies other than those required, foreign language, and any other

                  elective that may be added to the Curriculum)                                             

Health                                                                                                     0.5                                  

Physical Education (1/2 credit/year)                                                     2

Electives                                                                                                2                                    

Independent and Family Living                                                              1

Computer Application Courses (Mandatory in this district)                _ 2__

                                                                                                             25.5

 

            Clairton School District Suggested High School Courses

 

Grade 9 Suggested Courses

Credits

English 9 or English 9A

1

Algebra or Academic Geometry

1

Civics or Academic Civics

1

Physical Science or Academic Biology

1

Physical Education or Fitness and Aerobics

.5

Freshman Academy

.5

Math Proficiency

.5

Foreign Language or other Elective

1

Computer Applications

1

Electives

.5

Total

8

*Please note that students must qualify to participate in Academic or Honors Courses based on previous academic performance, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendation.

 

Grade 10 Suggested Courses

Credits

English 10 or English 10A

1

Linear Applications or Geometry or Algebra II

1

World Cultures or Academic World Cultures ( 2 other ½ credit social studies courses could be substituted if necessary based on scheduling conflicts.  Half credit courses include Youth and the Law, Psychology, Sociology, and Current Issues)

1

Biology or Academic Chemistry

1

Physical Education or Fitness and Aerobics

.5

Health

.5

Math Proficiency

.5

Foreign Language or other Elective

1

Electives

1.5

Total

8

*Please note that students must qualify to participate in Academic or Honors Courses based on previous academic performance, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendation.


 

Grade 11 Suggested Courses

Credits

English 11 or English 11A or AP English

1

Geometry or Algebra II or Algebra III/Trigonometry

1

American Cultures or Academic American Cultures or AP Government ( 2 other ½ credit social studies courses could be substituted if necessary based on scheduling conflicts.  Half credit courses include Youth and the Law, Psychology, Sociology, and Current Issues)

1

Chemistry or Biology II or Environmental Science or Physics I or Science Issues/Zoology

1

Physical Education or Fitness and Aerobics

.5

Seminar I

.5

Math Proficiency

.5

Foreign Language or other Elective

1

Electives

1.5

Total

8

*Please note that students must qualify to participate in Academic or Honors Courses based on previous academic performance, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendation.

 

Grade 12 Suggested Courses

Credits

English 12 or English 12A or AP English

1

Algebra II or Algebra III/Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus or Calculus or AP Statistics

1

Economics or AP Government ( 2 other ½ credit social studies courses could be substituted if necessary based on scheduling conflicts.  Half credit courses include Youth and the Law, Psychology, Sociology, and Current Issues)

1

Chemistry or Biology II or Environmental Science or Physics I or Science Issues/Zoology

1

Physical Education or Fitness and Aerobics

.5

Seminar II

.5

Math Proficiency

.5

Foreign Language or other Elective

1

Independent Living

.5

Family Living

.5

Electives

.5

Total

8

*Please note that students must qualify to participate in Academic or Honors Courses based on previous academic performance, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendation.

 

Additional Notes:

  1. Students may be recommended for other courses not listed here based on their abilities in order to improve their academic performance to ensure their future success.
  2. In considering elective choices, please consider that each student must have 2 credits of Fine Arts and 2 Credits of Computer Applications in order to graduate.  Also some colleges and universities require a minimum of 2-3 consecutive years of a Foreign Language for admission.
  3. Vocational Technical students may have certain requirements waived such as Computer Credits, Fine Arts Credits, a Social Studies credit, or a Science credit at the discretion of the Guidance Counselor and Principal ONLY if the class does not fit in their schedule.  If a student fails a course in one of these areas, the course WILL NOT be waived and the student MUST recover that credit in summer school.

 

All students are required to meet the following criteria for graduation:

 

Clairton Graduation Credits – Each student must earn 25.5 credits for graduation.  They will successfully complete courses in English, Math, Social Studies, Science, the Arts and Humanities, Health, Physical Education, Computer Science and Independent and Family Living.  Students will not be permitted to participate in the commencement/ graduation ceremony if the 25.5 credit requirements are not met by the date of graduation. There will be no waivers on this policy.

 

Graduation Portfolio – Each student will maintain a portfolio of his/her work. The student will select examples of his/her performances or writing to submit before graduation.  The student will regularly review the portfolio looking for evidence of improvement.  Many types of evidence would be included in a portfolio:  the student’s written work, student documentation of experiences and projects, works of art or musical, theatrical or dance performances by students, and district examinations proving proficiency.  Portfolio development will be an ongoing process K – 12, and include the Senior Graduation Project.  In lieu of the portfolio, seniors may contract an alternative assignment with the Senior Committee.

 

Senior Graduation Project – In addition to the credits and grades required for graduation, all students are required to submit a senior research project.  This entails three mandatory committee meetings and fulfilling all requirements as outlined in the graduation project packet.  All documentation must be completed by a specific date in order to participate in the commencement/graduation ceremony.

 

Proficiency – All students must meet proficiency requirements as evidenced by a score of Advanced or Proficient on the 11th Grade PSSA test, the 12th Grade PSSA retest, or a compilation of work approved by designated teachers that meet the necessary standards from the senior year. Proficiency classes in reading and math are available after school throughout the year. All examples of Assessment Anchor Proficiency must be completed within the same school year as the potential graduation and by a specific date in order to participate in the commencement/ graduation ceremony.

 

At the discretion of the principal, students who have been persistently and/or profoundly disobedient may be removed from participation in the commencement/graduation ceremony.  Seniors who owe debts and other obligations to the school will not be issued their caps and gowns until all obligations are met.


The Clairton City School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, or limited English proficiency in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by the PA Human Relations Act, Title IX, and Section 504. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Debra A. Maurizio, Title IX Coordinator, and Section 504 Coordinator at the Administration Building, 502 Mitchell Avenue, Clairton, PA 15025 or 412-233-7090 Ext. 2300.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission website is www.phrc.state.pa.us.