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                     Rutherford County Schools Graduation Requirements

                                     Total Credits Required: 23 credits

 

  • English: 4 credits- Must include English I, English II, English III, and English IV
  • Math: 4 credits- Integrated I, II, III and a fourth higher-level math course
  • Science: 3 credits - Including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab science
  • Social Studies: 3 credits- World History & Geography, US History, Government and Economics
  • Personal Finance: .5 credit
  • Physical Education and Wellness: 1.5 credits- Including Wellness (1 credit) and PE II (.5 credit)
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit - Art I, Band, Chorus, or Theatre I
  • World Language: 2 credits - Must be 2 credits in the same language
  • Elective Focus: 3 credits - Must be in 1 Program of Study
  • Additional Elective: 1 credit

In addition to the 23 credits required for graduation, students must also take the ACT and Civics test.

Blackman Collegiate Academy members must also have a .5 credit in Speech (Honors or Dual Enrollment) or Critical Thinking and a .5 credit of Honors Senior Capstone.

 

 

Graduation with Honors

Students who score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT.

ACT Benchmarks: English (18),  Math (22),  Reading (22),  and Science (23) 

 

 

Graduation with Distinction

Students who attain a 3.0 GPA and complete at least one of the following:

  • Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
  • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
  • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
  • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
  • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
  • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
  • Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs
  • Earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit
 
 

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Criteria for the Graduating Class of 2020 to 2022:

Valedictorian/Salutatorian shall be the student(s) who attain(s) the highest grade point average for grades 9-12 and;

- valedictorian/salutatorian shall have taken a minimum of twelve (12) honors or above honors level courses and;

- valedictorian/salutatorian shall meet all requirements for a student graduating with honors and a student graduating with distinction pursuant to the Tennessee Board of Education’s criteria.

- requirements for valedictorian/salutatorian must be completed by the end of the 7th semester.

 

 

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Criteria for the Graduating Class of 2023 and beyond:

Valedictorian/Salutatorian shall be the student(s) who attain(s) the highest grade point average for grades 9-12 and;

- valedictorian/salutatorian shall have taken a minimum of twelve (12) honors or above honors level courses and;

- valedictorian/salutatorian shall meet all requirements for a student graduating with distinction pursuant to the Tennessee Board of Education’s criteria.

- in the event multiple students meet the aforementioned criteria, then the highest achieved ACT composite will serve as the final determination criteria.