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Education Requirements

High School

R277-700-6
Utah Board of Education Rule.

A. The Board shall establish Core Standards and a Core Curriculum for students in grades 9-12.

B. Students in grades 9-12 shall earn a minimum of 24 units of credit through course completion or through competency assessment consistent with R277-705 to graduate.

C. Grades 9-12 Core Curriculum credits from courses approved by the Board, as specified:

Utah State Office of Education (USOE) Approved Course Details

1. English/Language Arts (4 Credits)

2. Mathematics (3 Credits)

  • Classes Through 2013-2014
    • Successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 or higher.
    • Algebra 2 may be replaced with a course from the Applied or Advanced approved course list.
  • Classes Beginning in 2013-2014
    • Successful completion of Secondary Mathematics I, II, and III or higher.
    • Parents may request that students replace Secondary III with a course from the Applied or Advanced approved course list.
    • Students who successfully complete Calculus have met graduation requirements regardless of the number of credits they have taken.

3. Science (3 Credits)

  • 2 Credits (from the four science foundation areas; Earth Systems, Biological Science, Chemistry, or physics).
  • 1 Credit (from the foundation courses or the applied or advanced science core list). 

4. Social Studies (3 Credits)

  • 1 Credit (U.S. History)
  • 0.5 Credit (Geography)
  • 0.5 Credit (Civilization)
  • 0.5 Credit (U.S. Government and Citizenship)
  • 0.5 Credit (General Financial Literacy) 

5. Directed Coursework (3 Credits)

  • 1.5 Credit (Fine Arts)
  • 1 Credit (CTE)
  • 0.5 Credit (Computer Technology) 

6. Physical Education Health (2 Credits)

  • 0.5 Credit (Health)
  • 0.5 Credit (Participation Skills)
  • 0.5 Credit (Fitness for Life)
  • 0.5 Credit (Individualized Lifetime Activities)
  • Optional: 0.5 Credit Maximum (Team Sport/Athletic Participation*)

* Can be used in place of Participation Skills or Individualized Lifetime Activities only.

7. Required Electives (6 Credits)

  • Total Credit Hours (24)

D. Board-approved CRTs shall be used to assess student mastery of the following subjects:

  1. reading;
  2. language arts through grade 11;
  3. mathematics as defined under R277-700-6C(2); and
  4. science as defined under R277-700-6C(3).

E. LEA boards may require students to earn credits for graduation that exceed minimum Board requirements.

F. Additional elective course offerings may be established and offered at the discretion of an LEA board.

G. Students with disabilities served by special education programs may have changes made to graduation requirements through individual IEPs to meet unique educational needs. A student's IEP shall document the nature and extent of modifications and substitutions or exemptions made to accommodate a student with disabilities.

H. The Board and USOE may review LEA boards' lists of approved courses for compliance with this rule.

I. Graduation requirements may be modified for individual students to achieve an appropriate route to student success when such modifications:

  1. are consistent with the student's IEP or SEOP or both;
  2. are maintained in the student's file and include the parent's/guardian's signature; and
  3. maintain the integrity and rigor expected for high school graduation, as determined by the Board.