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1 IGB JBQ High School Graduation During the school year, the Jackson Public School District s leadership team, with support and collaboration from school counselors and principals, developed revisions to this policy to reflect the most recent State Board of Education policies related to graduation requirements, diploma options, and Carnegie unit credits, as well as the State s Accountability Standards (2012). In 2010, Mississippi policymakers passed legislation to create multiple pathways to a standard diploma. The 2010 legislative actions created a career pathway to a standard diploma, with the goal of improving Mississippi graduation rates and providing students with career and technical training that prepare students for postsecondary credential or certification programs and employable workplace skills. This legislative change created new Section , Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide for high school career option programs and career track curricula for students not wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree at an institution of higher learning. Due to the course requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organization, the Jackson Public School District was granted approval by the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Commission on School Accreditation to begin awarding Carnegie unit credit to 8 th graders participating in the International Baccalaureate Program of Study who successfully completed a first year foreign language during the school year and later. In addition, the Jackson Public School District was granted approval by the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Commission on School Accreditation to begin implementation of its approved graduation requirements for the International Baccalaureate Program of Study for students entering 9 th grade in and later and for seniors who would graduate in and later. The International Baccalaureate requirements approved by the Mississippi Department of Education and the Commission on School Accreditation are included in this policy document. Part I Requirements for High School Graduation 1. In order to receive a high school diploma, the District requires each student to have met the requirements established by the District and by the State Board of Education. 2. Each student receiving a standard high school diploma must have earned the minimum number of Carnegie units as specified by the Mississippi Department of Education. 3. Each student receiving a standard diploma must have achieved a passing score on each of the required high school exit examinations. 4. Each student who has completed the secondary curriculum for special education may be issued a special diploma or certificate of completion, which states: "This student has successfully completed an Individualized Education Program." 5. Each student with disabilities who received a Mississippi Occupational Diploma must have successfully completed all minimum requirements established by the District and the State Board of Education.

2 6. According to the Accountability Standards (2012), Carnegie units will be awarded in the seventh grade for the following courses: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Biology I, ICT II (Information and Communication Technology), and first year foreign language provided course content is the same as the high school course(s). According to the Accountability Standards (2012), Carnegie units will be awarded in the eighth grade for the following courses: Pre-Algebra, Transition to Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology I, ICT II (Information & Communication Technology), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Science), first year foreign language, and second year foreign language provided course content is the same as the high school course. The Mississippi State Board of Education granted approval for eighth grade students to earn 0.5 Carnegie unit credit for the Mississippi Studies course and 0.5 Carnegie unit credit for the Introduction to World Geography course beginning in the school year. Districts are now allowed to enroll eighth grade students in these two courses which were previously available only to high school students. Students in the eighth grade will earn the Carnegie unit credit for each of these courses, provided the course content is identical to the course content offered at the high school level. Note: The Mississippi Department of Education does not recommend that districts eliminate the eighth grade U.S. History course because it includes content and skills necessary to be prepared for the high school U.S. History course. Note: Courses that allow Carnegie unit credit will be awarded in the seventh and eighth grades if these courses are offered by the school district at the seventh and eighth grade levels in the district s course sequences and to eligible students, if applicable. 7. In compliance with Miss. Code , a quality high school career pathway program and career track curricula will be provided for students not wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The goal for students pursuing the career track is to graduate from high school with a standard diploma and credit toward a community college certification in a career-technical field. 8. Students who fail to meet graduation requirements are not permitted to participate in graduation exercises. 9. Each student graduating will have earned the required Carnegie units as specified by the Mississippi Department of Education and the Jackson Public School District. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of the Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. 10. Each student receiving a standard high school diploma has earned the minimum number of Carnegie units as specified by the Jackson Public School District. This District may establish additional local requirements approved by the Board of Trustees as authorized under Miss. Code Ann There are four Mississippi High School Graduation Pathways implemented in the Jackson Public School District, as approved by the State Board of Education and the District s Board of Trustees:

3 a. the district pathway option which is a local district s decision approved by the local school board; b. the traditional pathway option as required by the State Board of Education; c. the career pathway option as required by the State Board of Education; and d. the early-exit exam pathway option which applies only to students in a State Board of Education approved innovation program. DISTRICT PATHWAY OPTION (Standard 20; A-1) Each student graduating from a secondary school in the District will have earned the required Carnegie units as established by the District in accordance with the Mississippi Department of Education. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. Enrollment in on-line and correspondence courses must have prior approval granted by the principal. No more than one (1) of the minimum required number of units may be earned through completion of an approved correspondence course. Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified for the district pathway option and has achieved a passing score on each of the required high school exit examinations is eligible to receive a high school diploma. Students enrolled in the District pathway option will be required to have a minimum of 21 ½ Carnegie units. TRADITIONAL PATHWAY OPTION (Standard 20; A-2) Each student graduating from a secondary school in the District will have earned the required Carnegie units as established by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the Mississippi Department of Education. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. Enrollment in on-line and correspondence courses listed in this book must have prior approval granted by the principal. No more than one (1) of the minimum required number of units may be earned through completion of an approved correspondence course. Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified for the traditional pathway option and has achieved a passing score on each of the required high school exit examinations is eligible to receive a high school diploma. Students enrolled in the traditional pathway option will be required to have a minimum of 25 Carnegie units. Note: A parent / guardian may request to opt a student out of traditional pathway option requirements in accordance with local school board policy. Any student who is taken out or opted out of the requirements of the traditional pathway option will be required to complete the graduation requirements as specified in the district pathway option. CAREER PATHWAY OPTION (Standard 20; A-3) In 2010, Mississippi policymakers passed legislation to create multiple pathways to a standard diploma. The 2010 legislative actions created a career pathway to a standard diploma, with the goal of improving Mississippi graduation rates and providing students with career and technical training that prepare students for postsecondary credential or certification programs and employable workplace skills. This legislative

4 change created Section of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to provide for high school career option programs and career track curricula for students not wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Students enrolled in the career pathway option will be required to have a minimum of 21 Carnegie units. MISSISSIPPI EARLY EXIT PATHWAY OPTION (Standard 20; A-4) The Mississippi Early Exit Diploma was approved by the State Board of Education on August 16, Qualification for a Mississippi Early Exit Diploma signifies to students that they are ready to college-level work without remediation and opens up a variety of education and career pathways within and beyond high school. In order to qualify for a Mississippi Early Exit Diploma, in addition to earning the required Carnegie units, students must meet college and career qualification scores in all core content areas on a series of end-of-course exams and the required benchmarks for college readiness on the ACT or Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) approved college entrance exam; and complete the required College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) requirements. Students enrolled in the career pathway option will be required to have a minimum of 17 ½ Carnegie units. In addition to the four (4) Mississippi High School Graduation Pathways implemented in the Jackson Public School District, the District offers the following programs and options: INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM OF STUDY (Accountability Standard 20) Students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Organization s program of study must meet the required Carnegie units as outlined by the International Baccalaureate Organization and the course sequence of study approved by the State Board of Education. Students withdrawing from the International Baccalaureate program must enroll in and successfully complete the Carnegie unit requirements outlined for one of the four graduation pathways listed above. MISSISSIPPI OCCUPATIONAL DIPLOMA OPTION (Accountability Standard 20.5) An exceptional education student may also partake in an occupational course of study aimed at obtaining an occupational diploma in accordance with Miss. Code Ann (2) and the criteria set forth in the Mississippi Department of Education s accreditation Standard 20.5 for seniors of school year and later (entering ninth graders in and thereafter). In accordance with Miss. Code Ann (2), the State Board of Education has approved criteria for an occupational diploma for students with disabilities. The Mississippi Occupational Diploma provides an option for students with disabilities which emphasizes high expectations in both academics and work experiences that will assist students in acquiring and maintaining the necessary competencies and skills needed to secure and retain competitive employment. The primary postgraduate goal for these students is competitive employment. The decision regarding participation in the Mississippi Occupational Diploma program will be made by the student s Individualized Education Program (IEP) committee, which must include a school counselor. Instructional program and diploma options are to be reviewed annually by the IEP committee and revisions made as necessary.

5 The Mississippi Occupational Diploma program may be implemented in any Least Restrictive Environment deemed appropriate by the IEP committee. Students in the occupational diploma program may earn credits by successfully completing course work selected from the general education curriculum and/or special education courses as agreed upon by the student s IEP committee. Students with disabilities choosing to participate in the Mississippi Occupational Diploma program must earn a minimum of 21 course credits and complete an occupational diploma portfolio containing a collection of evidence of the student s knowledge, skills and abilities. Students with disabilities choosing to participate in the Mississippi Occupational Diploma program must successfully complete a two year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program. In lieu of completing a two year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program, students with disabilities may document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Prior to graduation, an exit IEP committee meeting must be held to evaluate accomplishment of the goals and objectives on the IEP and the completion of all requirements for the Mississippi Occupational Diploma. At this meeting, the student will present the completed Mississippi Occupational Diploma Portfolio for review by the IEP committee. The final Mississippi Occupational Diploma Portfolio will be reviewed and approved prior to graduation by the principal or a designee.

6 GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT (GED) OPTION (Accountability Standard 29) The General Education Development (GED) Option is an integral component of a high school curriculum that provides another option to obtain a high-school level credential. The GED Option is targeted for a subgroup of students who have the capabilities to complete high school requirements, but for a variety of adjustment and life circumstance obstacles are behind in the credits needed to graduate with their class and are at risk of leaving school without a high school credential. The GED Option provides these students a viable second opportunity to stay in school and acquire the necessary high school level knowledge and skills to pass the GED tests and earn a high school diploma/credential within the same time frame as their peers. {American Council on Education (ACE) Guidelines} The District provides alternative education programs for the categories of students identified in Miss. Code Ann The District provides access to an alternative education program that meets the program guidelines outlined in Miss. Code Ann and the guidelines established by the State Board of Education. 2. The District, in its discretion, may provide access to a GED Option program that meets the program guidelines outlined in Miss. Code Ann (4) and the guidelines established by the State Board of Education. Policy for the Subject Area Testing Enrollment in a non-public school/program (to include, but not limited to, private schools, parochial schools, home schools, virtual schools, summer schools, independent study / correspondence programs, etc.) shall not be used to circumvent participation in the Mississippi Statewide Assessment System or students meeting the graduation requirements outlined in this policy. 1. Students will not be required to pass any end-of-course Subject Area Test in a course for which the student earns or receives credit (i.e. course completed as recorded on an official transcript) in a Mississippi public school prior to the school year. (Miss. Code Ann ) 2. Any student enrolled in the District who concurrently earns a Carnegie unit for any course which includes a required end-of-course Subject Area Testing Program (SATP) exam from a non-public school (to include, but not limited to, private school, parochial school, home school, virtual school, summer school, or independent study / correspondence program, etc.) must take and pass the SATP exam in order to earn a standard diploma. 3. Students entering the District will not be required to pass any end-of-course Subject Area Test in a course for which the school accepts credit earned by the student in a public school of another state as fulfilling the requirements for a Mississippi high school diploma. 4. Students entering the District will not be required to pass any end-of-course Subject Area Test in a course for which the school accepts credit earned by the student in a private school as fulfilling the requirements for a Mississippi high school diploma, provided the private school is accredited regionally or by the state of Mississippi.

7 5. Students entering the District will be required to pass any end-of-course Subject Area Test in a course for which the school accepts credit earned by the student in a private school as fulfilling the requirements for a Mississippi high school diploma if the private school is not accredited regionally or by the state of Mississippi 6. Students entering the District will be required to pass any end-of-course Subject Area Test in a course for which the school accepts credit earned by the student through home schooling as fulfilling the requirements for a Mississippi high school diploma. 7. Any student who fails to pass a required Subject Area Test will be offered a chance to retake the test three times each year until a passing score is achieved. 8. Any course that is required for subject area testing as a requirement for graduation is not eligible for dual credit. 9. Passage of the required Subject Area Test is a separate requirement for graduation. Policy for Carnegie Unit Credit Enrollment in a non-public school/program (to include, but not limited to, private schools, parochial schools, home schools, virtual schools, summer schools, independent study / correspondence programs, etc.) shall not be used to circumvent participation in the Mississippi Statewide Assessment System or students meeting the graduation requirements outlined in this policy. 1. A student shall not be awarded Carnegie unit credit unless the core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks have been mastered. 2. For students entering the District from a public school in another state for which the school did not award a credit for the successful completion of a course, the District may accept the course as meeting the requirement for the required subjects for a diploma in the state of Mississippi provided the district determines that the content of the course taken is comparable. However, the total Carnegie unit requirement for the curriculum area remains the same, based on the graduation requirements established by the District in accordance with the Mississippi Department of Education. 3. For students entering the District from a regionally accredited private school for which the school did not award credit for the successful completion of a course, the District may accept the course as meeting the requirement for the required subjects for a diploma in the state of Mississippi provided the district determines that the content of the course taken is comparable. However, the total Carnegie unit requirement for the curriculum area remains the same, based on the graduation requirements established by the local school board of education in accordance with the Mississippi Department of Education. 4. Students entering the District from any regionally accredited public or private school that awarded a Carnegie unit for the successful completion of a course, the district may accept the course as meeting the requirement for the Required Subject Section in Appendix A of the Mississippi Public School

8 Accountability Standards, based on the graduation requirements established by the local school board of education in accordance with the Mississippi Department of Education. 5. Any student previously enrolled in a Mississippi public school who failed a Subject Area Testing Program (SATP) exam and later transfers credit for the same SATP course from either a private school that is accredited regionally or by the state of Mississippi or an out-of-state public school must take and pass the exam in order to earn a standard diploma. 6. Any course that is required for subject area testing as a requirement for graduation from a public school in Mississippi is not eligible for dual credit. 7. The term dual enrollment course means a postsecondary level course offered by a state institution of higher learning or community or junior colleges, which, upon successful completion, qualifies for academic credit in both the postsecondary institution and public high school. 8. The District will ensure that during the academic school year a minimum of 140 hours of instruction is provided for each Carnegie unit of credit offered and 70 hours for each ½ unit offered, except for remedial instructional programs, dual enrollment or dual credit courses, correspondence courses, virtual public school courses offered by the State Board of Education, and innovative programs authorized by the State Board of Education. Part II Resident High School and Senior Year Student Transfers Each student graduating from a secondary school will have earned at least two of the last four Carnegie units at the school granting the diploma. Attendance in summer school does not establish a new resident high school. The specific requirements for students who transfer during their senior year include the following: 1. A student entering the Jackson Public School District after the end of the second week of the third term may request credits be sent to the former school for issuance of a diploma. 2. A Jackson Public School District student transferring to another district after the end of the second week of the third term may request credits be sent back to the Jackson Public School District for issuance of a diploma. 3. Only one school may issue a diploma (either the student s former high school or the current Jackson Public School District high school). Part III Hours of Instruction The District will ensure that during the academic school year a minimum of 140 hours of instruction is provided for one Carnegie unit offered and 70 hours of instruction for each ½ unit offered, except for remedial instructional programs (i.e., credit recovery), dual enrollment or dual credit courses, correspondence courses, virtual public school courses offered by the State Board of Education, and innovative programs authorized by the State Board of Education. Part IV Graduation Ceremonies The District schedules preparation for graduation ceremonies in such manner that graduating seniors are absent from classes for no more than three days prior to the end of the school year.

9 Part V Summer School, Extended Year, Virtual School, Correspondence, and Other Programs The District s summer school/extended year program meets all applicable requirements of the regular school program. Students enrolled in a traditional summer school program are limited to earning one Carnegie unit of credit during a traditional summer school session and no more than four Carnegie units of credit may be earned in traditional summer school programs toward graduation. This does not apply to extended year programs and approved virtual courses. Courses taken through the Mississippi Department of Education s online virtual school program will be handled on an individual basis. English I and II may not be taken for the first time in summer school, online, or through correspondence. However, English III and IV may be taken for the first time in summer school, as credit recovery, dual enrollment or dual credit courses, correspondence courses, virtual public school courses offered by the State Board of Education, and innovative programs authorized by the State Board of Education. Only one unit of correspondence courses taken during the regular school year may be applied toward graduation. Students enrolled in summer school programs must provide written approval from the principal of their home or approved-transfer schools. Enrollment in online and correspondence courses must have prior approval granted by the principal. Students enrolled in an extended year program must complete all remaining course/subject requirements/objectives before credit for the course/subject is issued. {Miss. Code Ann }

10 Part VI Subject Area Testing Program Courses Students must pass a state exit exam as a graduation requirement in Algebra I, English II, Biology I, and U.S. History. Initial enrollment in Algebra I, English II, Biology I, and U.S. History must occur during the regular academic school year. Students who fail these courses may retake them the following school year. No state mandated Subject Area Testing Program (SATP) courses will be offered in summer school or accepted through online or correspondence. PART VII Policy Revision(s) and Adoption(s) by the Local Board of Education Should approved policy revision(s) and adoption(s) to the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards and/or state board-adopted policies applicable to high school graduation and diploma options occur during the regular academic school year, the District and Board of Trustees will accept and adhere to these state-approved policy revision(s) and adoption(s) immediately, and the District will revise and approve its local policy and graduation requirements by the end of that regular academic school year or within the two-year revision review cycle of Policy IGB-Requirements for High School Graduation. PART VIII Electronic Archive of the Policy by the Local Board of Education The board-adopted policy document for graduation requirements, IGB / JBQ, in its entirety, will be electronically archived by the local board of education in collaboration with the Office of District Counsel and provided to parents, guardians, and custodial guardians via the web and printed in the District s Student Handbook and Secondary Curriculum Guide which are printed annually and provided to parents and students. Hard copies of Policy IGB/JBQ will be available upon request and will be available in the District s offices for middle and high schools, the deputy superintendent s office, and all middle and high schools will have hard copies available upon request. PART IX Graduation Requirements for the District Pathway Option (Standards; A-1) Each student graduating from a secondary school in the District will have earned the required Carnegie units as specified in the following table. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. Enrollment in on-line and correspondence courses listed in this book must have prior approval granted by the principal. No more than one (1) of the minimum required number of units may be earned through completion of an approved correspondence course. Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified below and has achieved a passing score on each of the required high school exit examinations is eligible to receive a high school diploma. The District may establish additional local requirements approved by Board of Trustees as authorized under Miss. Code Ann

11 PART X Graduation Requirements for the Traditional Pathway Option (Standards; A-2) Each student graduating from the District will have earned the required Carnegie units as specified in the following table. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. (See SB Policies 2902 and 2903) Enrollment in on-line and correspondence courses listed in the Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi must have prior approval granted by the principal. No more than one (1) of the minimum required number of units may be earned through completion of an approved correspondence course. Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified in the following tables in Part XIII and has achieved a passing score on each of the required high school exit examinations is eligible to receive a high school diploma. The District may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under MS Code However, should approved policy revision(s) and adoption(s) to the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards and/or state board-adopted policies applicable to high school graduation and diploma options occur during the regular academic school year, the District, its schools, and Board of Trustees will accept and adhere to these state-approved policy revision(s) and adoption(s) immediately, and the District will revise and approve its local policy and graduation requirements by the end of that regular academic school year or within the two-year revision review cycle of Policy IGB-Requirements for High School Graduation. Beginning school year and thereafter, all entering ninth graders (seniors of school year and later) will be required to have a minimum of 25 Carnegie units as specified in the Traditional Pathway Option (A-2), unless their parent/guardian requests to opt the student out of Appendix A-2 requirements of the state s Accountability Standards in accordance with local school board policy. Any student who opts out of the Traditional Pathway Option will required to have a minimum of 21 ½ Carnegie units to complete the graduation requirements as specified in the District Pathway Option (A-1). For parents and students selecting the District Pathway Option, the district-approved Opt-Out form must be signed by all parties and filed in students cumulative folders. The District may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under Miss. Code Ann PART XI - Graduation Requirements for the Career Pathway Option (Standards; A-3) In 2010, Mississippi policymakers passed legislation to create multiple pathways to a standard diploma. The 2010 legislative actions created a career pathway to a standard diploma, with the goal of improving Mississippi graduation rates and providing students with career and technical training that prepare students for postsecondary credential or certification programs and employable workplace skills. This legislative change created Section of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to provide for high school career option programs and career track curricula for students not wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

12 PART XII Graduation Requirements for the Early Exit Exam Option The Mississippi Early Exit Diploma indicates that students are ready to do college level work without remediation and opens up a variety of educational and career pathways within and beyond high school. In order to qualify for a Mississippi Early Exit Diploma, in addition to earning the Carnegie Units listed, students must meet college and career qualification scores in all core content areas on a series of End of Course (EOC) exams and/or the required benchmarks for college readiness on the ACT or Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) approved college entrance exam. The high school graduation pathway options begin on the following pages, followed by the recommended and required college preparatory curriculum for admission to public institutions of high learning (IHL) in the State of Mississippi. PART XIII Requirements for High School Graduation Any student who completes the graduation requirements as specified in the following tables and has achieved a passing score on each of the required high school exit examinations is eligible to receive a high school diploma. DISTRICT PATHWAY OPTION SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR (entering ninth graders in and thereafter) (as adopted by the Jackson Public School District as the opt-out graduation requirements) CONTENT AREA UNITS COMMENTS ENGLISH 4 1 The required four English units may be chosen from the following courses: English I, English II*, English III, and English IV. See additional comments. MATHEMATICS 4 2 Two of the required four units must be Algebra I* and Geometry. Algebra I may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. Students preparing for admission into a Mississippi college or university must also take Algebra II, according to the Mississippi IHL Admission Standards. See additional comments. SCIENCE 3 3 The required three science units must include Biology I*, 1 unit from the Physical Sciences, and 1 other science. The Physical science unit may be chosen from the following courses: Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics. See additional comments regarding science requirements. SOCIAL STUDIES 3 4 & 5 The required three social studies units must include ½ unit Mississippi Studies, 1 unit World History, 1 unit U.S. History*, and ½ unit American Government. See additional comments regarding social studies requirements. HEALTH, & PHYSICAL EDUCATION JROTC 1 6 & 7 The required one unit may include ½ unit Comprehensive Health or ½ unit Family and Individual Health and ½ unit physical education or JROTC. See additional comments. BUSINESS & 1 8 The Business & Technology unit may be chosen from the

13 TECHNOLOGY following courses: ½ unit Computer Applications and ½ unit Keyboarding or 1 unit of Information and Communication Technology II (ICT-II). ICT-II may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. See additional comments. ARTS 1 The arts unit may be chosen from any arts courses offered by the school/district and listed in the manual for Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi. ELECTIVES 4 ½ 9 The elective units may be chosen from any units beyond the required courses. See additional comments. TOTAL 21 ½ Total number of Carnegie units required. Grade Level Promotions/Classifications From 9 th Grade to 10 th Grade 7 Carnegie units From 10 th Grade to 11 th Grade 14 Carnegie units From 11 th Grade to 12 th Grade 19 Carnegie units The asterisk (*) denotes a required high school exit examination. DISTRICT PATHWAY OPTION SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR (entering ninth graders in and thereafter) (as adopted by the Jackson Public School District as the opt-out graduation requirements) Additional Comments 1 Compensatory Reading and Compensatory Writing may not be included in the four English courses required for graduation; however, these courses may be included in the 4½ general electives required for graduation. MYP-English I and MYP English II are accepted in lieu of the English I and English II requirements for students enrolled in the IB program. 2 Compensatory Mathematics and any developmental mathematics course may not be included in the four mathematics courses required for graduation; however, these courses may be included in the 4½ general electives required for graduation. Beginning school year for all entering eighth graders, at least one of the four required mathematics courses must be higher than Algebra I. The allowable mathematics courses that can be taken which are higher than Algebra I are: Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, and AP Statistics. One of the four required mathematics units may be in Drafting if the student completes the 2-course sequence for Drafting I & II. Effective with the eighth graders of , Pre-Algebra, Transition to Algebra, and Algebra I, may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. MYP Geometry, MYP Algebra II, IB-DP Mathematics I, IB-DP Mathematics II, IB-DP Mathematical Studies I, IB-DP Mathematical Studies II are allowable mathematics courses higher than Algebra I for IB students. 3 One unit may be in Introduction to Agriscience, Concepts of Agriscience, Science of Agricultural Plants, Science of Agricultural Animals, or Science of Agricultural Environment. Two units may be in the following courses if the student completes the 2-course sequence: Agriscience I & II; Allied Health I & II; Aquaculture I & II; Forestry I & II; Horticulture I & II; Plastics and Polymer Science I & II; and Technology Applications I & II. Two units may be earned by completing the following AEST 3-course sequence: one unit in Concepts of Agriscience; one unit in Science of Agricultural Animals or Science of Agricultural Plants, or Science of Agricultural Environment; and one unit in Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship. IB-DP Physics I, IB-DP Physics II, MYP Chemistry, and IB-DP Chemistry may be accepted as allowable lab-based physical science courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP Biology and IB-DP Biology I may be accepted in lieu of the Biology I requirement for students enrolled in an IB program. Content of the Concepts of ANR course has been aligned to the 2010 Mississippi Science Curriculum Framework. Students who successfully complete the first- and second-year ANR curriculum will receive two elective science credits that can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. 4 Based on the 2004 Mississippi Social Studies framework, AP European History or AP World History can be accepted in lieu of World History. Advanced placement U.S. History is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History from 1877 to present. AP Government and Politics: United States can be accepted in lieu of the required United States Government course. A.P.

14 Macroeconomics or A.P. Microeconomics can be taken in lieu of the required Economics course. A.P. Human Geography can be accepted in lieu of the required Geography course. IB-DP History of the Americas I is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History Course for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas II is accepted in lieu of the required Mississippi Studies, Economics, and/or U.S. Government courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP U. S. Government is accepted in lieu of the required Government course for students enrolled in the IB program. Based on the 2011 Mississippi Social Studies framework, A.P. World History can be accepted in lieu of the required World History from the Age of Enlightenment to Present course. A.P. United States History can be accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History from Post-reconstruction to Present course. A.P. Government and Politics: United Sates can be accepted in lieu of the required United States Government course, A.P. Macroeconomics or A.P. Microeconomics can be taken in lieu of the required Economics course, A.P. Human Geography can be accepted in lieu of the required Geography course. IB-DP History of the Americas I is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History course for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas II is accepted in lieu of the required Mississippi Studies, Economics, and/or U.S. Government courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP U.S. Government is accepted in lieu of the required Government course for students enrolled in the IB program. Credit earned for the first year of Marketing and Economics (Vocational) may be accepted in lieu of ½ units in Economics. Upon the completion of Business Fundamentals I and II, students will earn ½ Personal Finance credit and ½ Economics credit that can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. 5 The credit earned for a State/Local Government course in any other state by an out-of-state transfer student who enters after the sophomore year can stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies or Mississippi State and Local Government. If the transfer student took a State/Local Government course in a grade level that did not award Carnegie unit credit, then any other ½ unit social studies course may be accepted. An out-of-state student who transfers after the junior year may substitute any other ½ unit social studies course. 6 Credit earned in Allied Health I/Health Science I may be accepted in lieu of Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health to meet the graduation requirement for ½ Carnegie unit in Health. 7 Successful completion of JROTC I and JROTC II may be accepted in lieu of Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health to meet the graduation requirement for ½ Carnegie unit in Health beginning in the school year and thereafter, when instruction includes all health components in the JROTC curriculum. 8 Evidence of proficiency in Keyboarding and Computer Applications is accepted in lieu of the required courses if the student earns one unit in any of the courses listed in the Business and Technology Framework (academic and vocational). ICT II may be accepted in lieu of Computer Discovery. MYP Computer Discovery may be accepted in lieu of Computer Discovery for students enrolled in an IB program. 9 Elective units in physical education include participation in interscholastic athletic activities, band, performance choral, dance and JROTC that meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through Physical Education Framework and that are sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

15 TRADITIONAL PATHWAY OPTION SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR (entering ninth graders in and thereafter) (as adopted by the Jackson Public School District as the college preparatory graduation requirements for students seeking to enter public, institutions of higher learning (IHL) in the state of Mississippi) CONTENT AREA UNITS COMMENTS ENGLISH 4 1 The required four English units may be chosen from the following courses: English I, English II*, English III, and English IV. See additional comments. MATHEMATICS 4 2 Algebra I*, Geometry, Algebra II, and any one Carnegie unit course of comparable rigor and content. See additional comments. SCIENCE 4 3 Biology I*, Chemistry I, and any two Carnegie units of comparable rigor and content. See additional comments. SOCIAL STUDIES 4 4, 5 &6 The required four social studies units must include 1 unit of World History, 1 unit of U.S. History*, ½ unit of geography, ½ unit of U.S. Government, ½ unit of economics, and ½ unit of Mississippi Studies. See additional comments. HEALTH, JROTC & PHYSICAL EDUCATION BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY 1 7, 8, 9 &11 The required one unit may include ½ unit Comprehensive Health or ½ unit Family and Individual Health and ½ unit physical education or JROTC. See additional comments The required business & technology unit may be chosen from the following courses: ½ unit Computer Applications and ½ unit Keyboarding or 1 unit of Information and Communication Technology II (ICT-II). ICT-II may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. See additional comments. ARTS 1 The required arts unit may be chosen from any arts courses offered by the school/district and listed in the manual for Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi as a course or completion of the two-course sequence for Computer Graphics Technology I and II. ELECTIVES 6 11 The elective units may be chosen from any units beyond the required courses; however, two of the required electives must be advanced-level electives in order for students to meet the recommended college preparatory curriculum for admission to public, institutions of higher learning in the state of Mississippi. See additional comments. TOTAL 25 Total number of Carnegie units required. Grade Level Promotions/Classifications From 9 th Grade to 10 th Grade 7 Carnegie units From 10 th Grade to 11 th Grade 14Carnegie units From 11 th Grade to 12 th Grade 19 Carnegie units The asterisk (*) denotes a required high school exit examination. TRADITIONAL PATHWAY OPTION SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR

16 (entering ninth graders in and thereafter) (as adopted by the Jackson Public School District as the college preparatory graduation requirements for students seeking to enter public, institutions of higher learning (IHL) in the state of Mississippi) Additional Comments 1 Compensatory Reading and Compensatory Writing may not be included in the four English courses required for graduation; however, these courses may be included in the 5 general electives required for graduation. Accelerated English 9 can be accepted in lieu of English I. Accelerated English 10 and AP English Language Composition can be accepted in lieu of English II. Beginning school year for all entering ninth graders, English I is a required prerequisite course for English II. English I may not be taken after a student completes English II. 2 Compensatory Mathematics, Introduction to Engineering, and any developmental mathematics course may not be included in the four mathematics courses required for graduation; however, these courses may be included in the 5 general electives required for graduation. Effective with the eighth graders of , Pre-Algebra and Transition to Algebra may not be taken after a student completes Algebra I. Beginning school year for all entering eighth graders, at least two of the four required mathematics courses must be higher than Algebra I. Effective with ninth graders of , Survey of Mathematical Topics may not be included in the two math courses higher than Algebra I. The allowable mathematics courses that can be taken which are higher than Algebra I are: Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, and AP Statistics. MYP Geometry, MYP Algebra II, IB-DP Mathematics I, IB-DP Mathematics II, IB-DP Mathematical Studies I, IB-DP Mathematical Studies II are allowable mathematics courses higher than Algebra I for IB students. One of the four required mathematics units may be in Drafting if the student completes the 2-course sequence for Drafting I & II. One of the four required mathematics units may be in Survey of Mathematical Topics; however this course does not meet the mathematics requirement for admission to institutions of higher learning. Effective with the eighth graders of , Pre-Algebra, Transition to Algebra, and Algebra I, may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. Effective with the eighth graders of , Geometry may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. Effective with the seventh graders of , Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Biology I, ICT II (Information & Communication Technology), and First Year Foreign Language may be taken in the seventh grade for Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is the same as the high school course. Effective with the eighth graders of , second year Foreign Language and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is the same as the high school course. In addition, counselors need to refer to the accreditation standards for the state of Mississippi (Appendix C-2) for the recommended curriculum for admission to public, institutions of higher learning in the state of Mississippi. 3 One unit may be in Concepts of Agriscience, and a second unit may be in completing 2 of the following 3 courses: Science of Agriculture Plants, Science of Agriculture Animals, and Science of Agricultural Environment. Two units may be in the following courses if the student completes the required course sequence ending with Agriscience II, Allied Health II, Aquaculture II, Forestry II, Plastics and Polymer Science II, Technology Applications II, Polymer Science II or Careers in Polymer Science, Horticulture II or Horticulture Landscape and Turfgrass, Engineering II or Applied Engineering Concepts, Health Sciences II or Workplace and Employment Skills in Health Sciences. Effective with 7th graders of , Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Biology I, ICT II (Information & Communication Technology) and first year Foreign Language may be taken in the 7th grade for Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is the same as the high school course. Effective with 8th graders of , STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and second year Foreign Language may be taken in the 8th grade for Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is the same as the high school course. Beginning school year for all entering eight graders, one unit must be a lab-based physical science. The allowable lab-based physical science courses are Physical Science, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, and AP Physics C Mechanics. IB-DP Physics I, IB-DP Physics II, MYP Chemistry, and IB-DP Chemistry may be accepted as allowable labbased physical science courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP Biology and IB-DP Biology I may be accepted in lieu of the Biology I requirement for students enrolled in an IB program. Content of the Concepts of ANR course has been aligned to the 2010 Mississippi Science Curriculum Framework. Students who successfully complete the first- and second-year ANR curriculum will receive two elective science credits that can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. 4 Based on the 2004 Mississippi Social Studies framework, Advanced Placement Human Geography is accepted in lieu of the required Geography course. A.P. United States History can be accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History from 1877 to Present course. A.P. World History can be accepted in lieu of the required World History from 1795 to Present course. A.P. Government and Politics: United States can be accepted in lieu of the required United States Government course. A.P. Macroeconomics or A.P. Microeconomics can be taken in lieu of the required Economics course. MYP World Geography is

17 accepted in lieu of the required Geography course for students enrolled in the IB program. Advanced placement U.S. History is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History from 1877 to Present. IB-DP History of the Americas I is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History Course for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas II is accepted in lieu of the required Mississippi Studies, Economics, and/or U.S. Government courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP U. S. Government is accepted in lieu of the required Government course for students enrolled in the IB program. AP European History or AP World History can be accepted in lieu of World History. Based on the 2011 Mississippi Social Studies framework, A.P. World History can be accepted in lieu of the required World History from the Age of Enlightenment to Present course. A.P. United States History can be accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History from Post-reconstruction to Present course. A.P Government and Politics: United States can be accepted in lieu of the required United States Government course. A.P. Macroeconomics or A.P. Microeconomics can be taken in lieu of the required Economics course. A.P. Human Geography can be accepted in lieu of the required Geography course. MYP World Geography is accepted in lieu of the required Geography course for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas I is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History course for students enrolled in the IB program. IB-DP History of the Americas II is accepted in lieu of the required Mississippi Studies, Economics, and/or U.S. Government courses for students enrolled in the IB program. MYP U.S. Government is accepted in lieu of the required Government course for students enrolled in the IB program. 5 Credit earned for Business Fundamentals or Business Fundamentals II may be accepted in lieu of ½ unit in Economics. Credit earned for the first year of Marketing and Economics (Vocational) may be accepted in lieu of ½ unit in Economics. Upon the completion of Business Fundamentals I and II, students will earn ½ Personal Finance credit and ½ Economics credit that can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. 6 The credit earned for a State/Local Government course in any other state by an out-of-state transfer student who enters after the sophomore year can stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies or Mississippi State and Local Government. If the transfer student took a State/Local Government course in a grade level that did not award Carnegie unit credit, then any other ½ unit social studies course may be accepted. An out-of-state student who transfers after the junior year may substitute any other ½ unit social studies course. 7 Credit earned in Allied Health I, Health Sciences I, or Theory and Application of Health Sciences I, may be accepted in lieu of Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health to meet the graduation requirement for ½ Carnegie unit in Health. 8 Successful completion of JROTC I and JROTC II may be accepted in lieu of Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health to meet the graduation requirement for ½ Carnegie unit in Health beginning in the school year and thereafter. 9 The graduation requirement for ½ unit in physical education may include participation in interscholastic athletic activities, band, dance and JROTC that meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through Physical Education Framework and that are sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities Association. 10 Evidence of proficiency in technology is accepted in lieu of the required courses if the student earns one unit in a technology-rich academic or career technical course related to their program of study. Effective with school year , a Carnegie unit credit for ICT II (Information & Communication Technology) may be awarded to 7th grade students. Effective with school year , a Carnegie unit credit for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) may be awarded to 8th grade students. ICT II may be accepted in lieu of Computer Discovery. A Carnegie unit earned for STEM in the 8th or 9th grade meets this graduation requirement. Technology Foundations replaces Computer Discovery, Keyboarding and Computer Applications and meets this graduation requirement when taken in grades MYP Computer Discovery may be accepted in lieu of Computer Discovery for students enrolled in an IB program. 11 Only one elective unit in physical education including participation in interscholastic athletic activities, band, performance choral, dance or JROTC that meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through Physical Education Framework and that are sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities Association may be applied each year to the minimum 24 required state units. If a local district has graduation requirements above the state requirements they may award additional credits as outlined in the local Board policy. In addition, counselors need to refer to the accreditation standards for the State of Mississippi (Appendix C-2) for the recommended curriculum for admission to public, institutions of higher learning in the State of Mississippi.

18 CAREER PATHWAY OPTION SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR (entering eleventh graders in and thereafter) CONTENT AREA UNITS REQUIRED COURSES English 4 1 See additional comments. Mathematics 3 2 See additional comments. Science 3 3 See additional comments. Social Studies 3 4, 5 See additional comments. Health and Physical Education ½ 6 See additional comments. Career and Technical 4 7 Selected from student s program of study; see additional comments. Integrated Technology 1 8 See additional comments. Electives 2 ½ 9 Courses selected from the student s approved program of study; see additional comments. TOTAL Total number of Carnegie units required. Please Note: Mississippi s Institution of Higher Learning requirements differ from minimum graduation requirements for this diploma pathway. The Jackson Public School District will provide parents and students with the high school career option programs and career track curricula for students not wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree at an Institution of Higher Learning.

19 CAREER PATHWAY OPTION SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR (entering eleventh graders in and thereafter) Additional Comments 1 Compensatory Reading and Compensatory Writing shall not be included in the four English courses required for graduation. The two additional English credits must be from the student s program of study which includes Technical Writing, Creative Writing, English III, English IV, or any college-level dual credit courses. 2 Compensatory Mathematics may not be included in the three mathematics courses required for graduation. Effective with eighth graders of , Pre-Algebra and Transition to Algebra may not be taken after a student completes Algebra I. For students pursuing the Career Pathway Graduation Option, at least one of the required mathematics courses must be above Algebra I and selected from the student s program of study. The allowable mathematics courses that can be taken which are higher than Algebra I are: Geometry, Algebra II, Survey of Mathematical Topics, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre- Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, and AP Statistics, or any college-level dual credit courses. Effective with the eighth graders of , Pre-Algebra, Transition to Algebra, and Algebra I, may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. Effective with the eighth graders of , Geometry may be taken in the eighth grade for Carnegie unit credit. 3 For students pursuing the Career Pathway Graduation Option, at least one of the required science courses must be above Biology I and selected from the student s program of study. If a student s program of study allows, one unit may be in Concepts of Agriscience (AEST). A second science unit may be earned by completing a two course sequence selected from the following three options: Science of Agricultural Animals, Science of Agricultural Plants, or Science of Agricultural Environment. Two units may be in the following courses if the student completes the 2-course sequence: Agriscience I & II; Allied Health I & II; Health Science I & II, Aquaculture I & II; Forestry I & II; Horticulture I & II; Polymer Science I & II; Technology Applications I & II and Engineering I & II. 4 Advanced placement U.S. History is accepted in lieu of the required U.S. History 1877 to Present. The third social studies credit should be selected based on the student s program of study. 5 The credit earned for a State/Local Government course in any other state by an out-of-state transfer student who enters after the sophomore year can stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies or Mississippi State and Local Government. If the transfer student took a State/Local Government course in a grade level that did not award Carnegie unit credit, then any other ½ unit social studies course may be accepted. An out-of-state student who transfers after the junior year may substitute any other ½ unit social studies course. Credit earned for the first year of Marketing and Economics (Vocational) may be accepted in lieu of ½ unit in Economics. 6 Credit earned in Allied Health I/Health Science I may be accepted in lieu of Comprehensive Health or Family and Individual Health to meet the graduation requirement for ½ Carnegie unit in Health. Interscholastic athletic activities, band, and ROTC if they meet the instructional requirements specified in the Fitness through Physical Education Framework may also be accepted. 7 Career and Technical (CTE) courses must be based on the student s program of study and should include dual credit/dual enrollment options as found in Section of the Mississippi Code of Evidence of proficiency in technology is accepted in lieu of the required courses if the student earns one unit in a technology-rich academic or career technical course related to their program of study. 9 Electives must be selected from courses related to the student s program of study. Credits earned not approved for that student s program of study will not be counted toward graduation requirements. 10 The Mississippi Department of Education will provide information concerning equivalency course allowances for all career and technical education and how to record information on a student s transcript as courses are approved.

20 EARLY EXIT EXAM PATHWAY OPTION SENIORS OF SCHOOL YEAR (entering eleventh graders in and thereafter) CONTENT AREA UNITS REQUIRED COURSES English 2 English I and English II; see additional comments below. Mathematics 3 Algebra I; see additional comments below. Science 2 Biology I; see additional comments below. Social Studies 2 ½ Courses may include U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government and Mississippi Studies or equivalent courses approved by the State Board of Education; see additional comments below. Health and Physical Education 1 Comprehensive Health and Physical Education; see additional comments below. Business & Technology 1 Technology Foundations, ICT, ninth grade STEM, or Computer Applications and Keyboarding; see additional comments below. Fine Art 1 See additional comments below. Electives 5 Electives should align with postsecondary admission standards; see additional comments below. TOTAL 17 ½ Total number of Carnegie units required. Additional Comment(s): The Mississippi Early Exit Diploma indicates that students are ready to do college-level work without remediation and opens up a variety of educational and career pathways within and beyond high school. In order to qualify for a Mississippi Early Exit Diploma, in addition to earning the Carnegie units listed, students must meet college and career qualification scores in all core content areas on a series of end-ofcourse (EOC) exams and/or the required benchmarks for college readiness on the ACT or Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) approved college entrance exam. (For additional information, counselors and principals may refer to the memorandum from the Mississippi Department of Education dated October 29, 2013). Counselors and principals must refer to the Mississippi Department of Education s Early Exit Assessment Benchmarks document in its entirety to make an informed decision regarding students eligible for early exit from high school.

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