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Rushmore Academy

Marion City School District

Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirements for the classes of 2018 and beyond include curriculum and three options to show readiness for next steps in college and careers.

Earn 21 total credits

The following is the list of minimum graduation requirements that have been mandated by the State of Ohio Department of Education and/or Marion City Schools board of Education. These standards are firm and cannot be compromised in any way.

21 total credits are required and must be earned in the following areas:

English/Language Arts, 4 credits

Health, 1/2 credit

Mathematics, 4 credits

Recommended: Algebra I, Geometry

Required: Algebra II, Fourth math elective

Physical education, 1/2 credit

Students who complete two full seasons of athletics, band, color guard or cheerleading, or four semesters of JROTC, are exempt from the physical education requirement.

Science, three credits

Required: 1 unit of physical science, 1 unit of life science, 1 unit of advanced science elective

Social studies, 3 credits

Required: 1 unit of American History, 1 unit of American Government (includes instruction in financial literacy), 1 unit of Social Studies elective. Beginning with the class of 2021, 1/2 unit of World History will be required as part of the 3 total credits.

Fine Arts, 2 semesters

Fine Arts may include any visual or performing art such as art, ceramics, digital art, band, orchestra or choir and may be earned anytime in grades 7-12. Students who complete one year of a Career Technical pathway may be exempted from the fine arts requirement.

Electives, 6 credits (including Fine Arts requirement)

Elective credits include any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education, English/language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required. College-bound students are recommended to take 3 credits of the same foreign language or 2 credits of 2 different languages.

And meet one of the following three options:

Ohio’s State Tests

Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using seven end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies.

All students will be required to take end-of-course exams for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History, American Government, English (ELA) 1, English (ELA) 2.

Industry credential and workforce readiness

Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The state of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment.

For more information: Industry-Recognized Credentials and WorkKeysCollege and career readiness tests

Students earn “remediation-free” scores in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take either the ACT or SAT free of charge. The student’s district selection applies to all schools in the district for one school year. Test selection may change from one school year to the next.

For more information: College and Career Readiness Test