Graduation Req.

The following requirements were written with the intention of preparing our students for success in a variety of experiences after high school. While these requirements align to the entrance requirements for the state universities of Illinois, they were also written to prepare students for a variety of careers right out of high school. There is great flexibility in the exact courses that schools offer and students take to meet these requirements. To see how all courses in CPS’ High School Course Catalog align to the graduation requirements below, please visit: cps.edu/instructionalsupports.

Credit Bearing Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES

DESCRIPTION

UNITS REQUIRED

UNITS SUGGESTED

English

English I, English II, English III, English IV.

4 credits

4 credits

Mathematics Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry. (Students successfully completing Algebra and/or Geometry prior to entering high school will follow an appropriate three-year math sequence.)

3 credits

3 credits

Science Biology and 2 years of Laboratory Science, which must include Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, or Physics.

3 credits

4 credits

Social Science World Studies, United States History, & one other Social Science course.

3 credits

3 credits

World Language Two years of the same world language.

2 credits

3 credits

Fine Arts Two credits are required. This requirement can be met by earning two credits in the same category, or one credit in any two of the following four categories: Music; Dance; Theatre/Drama; and Visual Art/Drafting.

2 credits

2 credits

Physical Education/ROTC One year of Physical Education I/Health or ROTC I/Health and Physical Education II/Drivers Education or ROTC II/Drivers Education in 9th and 10th grades.

2 credits

2 credits

Computer Science One credit is required in Computer Science.

1 credit

 
Career Education One credit from any of the following options: Career & Technical Education; Dual Enrollment; and Advanced Academics, Fine Arts, and ROTC.

1 credit

 
Electives Most courses in the catalog will meet the Elective requirement. Electives should be chosen with student’s future goals in mind

3 credits

4 credits

Total Credits Required Students must earn a minimum of 24 credits as described above to earn a diploma from the Chicago Public Schools.
Non-Credit Bearing Requirements
Service Learning

Students must complete two (2) Service Learning Projects. One project must be completed in conjunction with Civics. The other project may be completed independently or in conjunction with a course offering during 9th or 10th grade.

Consumer Education

Complete a course integrating consumer education curriculum in the Social Studies Block.

Public Law 195

Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. and Illinois constitutions as part of subject-area curricula and/or Constitution test.

Driver Education

Complete a section in Driver Education in conjunction with the Physical Education II course.

District-Wide Assessment (DWA)

Taking the state-mandated college and career ready determination exam unless otherwise excused by state law. Students must qualify as having taken the state-mandated college and career ready determination exam in accordance with state guidelines.