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Standard Diploma Graduation Requirements English 9, 10, 11, 12 (English 12 must include a senior thesis) Standard Diploma Graduation Requirements * Social Studies 0.5 New Mexico History, 1.0 World History, 1.0 US History, 0.5 Government, 0.5 Economics, 0.5 World Geography Number of Credits Required for Graduation Math Algebra II or above is required to graduate. 4 Science – Credits must include 2 of the following courses (from 2 of the 3 different disciplines): Biology, Chemistry / Chemistry in the Community, or Physics 4 Physical Education 1 Health A 1/2 credit of Health is required beginning with the class of 2017 0.5 Fine Arts 0.5 Technology 0.5 World Languages** or Career Cluster or Workplace Readiness 1 Electives 6.5 Total Credits Required to Graduate / out of Total Possible 26**** / 28 4 4 Graduation Testing Requirements Students must demonstrate proficiency on graduation assessments in Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing in order to obtain a diploma. The NM Standards Based Assessment / High School Graduation Assessment is the primary means of demonstrating competency in Reading, Math, and Science. Students demonstrate competency in Social studies and Writing through state and/or district approved End of Course assessments. Alternate methods of demonstrating competency are also available. The requirements and options available vary by cohort year. Comprehensive information regarding the state requirements are located at: http://www.ped.state.nm.us/AssessmentAccountabi lity/AssessmentEvaluation/2013/Graduation Checklist.Final.11.16.13.pdf. ** Two world language credits are recommended for college admission. Two world language credits (in the same language) are required for admission to most four-year colleges and universities, including UNM. Students must complete 1 credit in one of these areas as a requirement for graduation: World Language, Career Cluster or Workplace Readiness. *** Students must earn one credit of the following as a graduation requirement: AP (Advanced Placement) course credit or a dual enrollment course credit or a distance-learning course credit. AP Course Credit – AP classes prepare a student to qualify for college. Students are encouraged to take an AP examination in the spring. Each test costs approximately $91. Some students may qualify for a reduced fee. Many colleges award credit for courses based on AP examination scores. Dual Enrollment Course Credit – 1-2 college credit hours = 0.5 RRHS elective credit. 3-4 college credit hours = 1.0 RRHS elective credit RRHS has dual enrollment agreements with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), UNM, UNM West, and Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) that allow students to enroll in college courses with a tuition waiver. Students earn high school elective credit by passing the college course. Students may not use a dual enrollment course to meet a RRHS graduation requirement other than for elective credit. Distance Learning Credit – Students must request prior approval from their counselor for distance learning course credit and must complete a “Course Agreement” form signed by the student, parent and counselor. Students must have a full schedule to take a distance learning course. On-line courses are available at the SLC (Secondary Learning Center), at the Rio Rancho Cyber Academy, and through Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). Distance learning course credits must be earned from schools accredited by the North Central Association. RRHS will not accept correspondence credit for physical education or lab science courses. Rio Rancho High School must receive an official transcript for the course to meet graduation credit requirements. Academic Focus – All students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of four courses per semester that include English, Social Studies, Math, and Science. This requirement is independent of whether or not the student has earned the necessary credits needed for graduation. All students must be enrolled in these four core classes every semester they are in attendance at RRHS. Late arrival is not permitted. 5

Rio Rancho Public Schools Diplomas In an effort to maintain high expectations for all students, to encourage students to take rigorous coursework, and to allow time in the high school schedule for credit recovery, two differentiated diplomas are available to RRHS and CHS students: a Standard Diploma and a Diploma of Distinction. The Standard Diploma requires that students earn 26 credit, including an additional science credit beyond that of the State’s 24 credit model. The RRPS Standard Diploma surpasses the graduation requirements of APS comprehensive high schools. It is one of the most rigorous in the state. These two options support readiness for post secondary education and career pathways, and exceed the current requirements of the Public Education Department’s High School Redesign initiative. Rio Rancho Public Schools Standard Diploma– requires completion of 26 out of 28 credits. • 4 English credits – English 9, 10, 11, 12 • 4 Social Studies credits – NM History/Geography, World History, US History, Economics/Government • 4 Science credits – Must include two of the following: Chemistry or Chemistry in the Community, Biology, or Physics, as well as two additional science electives. • 4 Math credits - including Algebra I (or its equivalent or higher), and Algebra II. • 1 World Language or Career Cluster or Workplace Readiness credit • 1 Physical Education credit • 0.5 Health • 0.5 Technology credit • 0.5 Fine Arts credit • 6.5 elective credits Students must take one high school credit of a distance learning, OR AP (Advanced Placement), OR dual enrollment college class The Rio Rancho Public Schools Diploma of Distinction is an initiative that encourages students to take 28 credits of challenging course work. This rigorous sequence and course of study gives students the solid foundation needed to succeed at a university, technical school, community college, the military, or industry. In order to obtain a Diploma of Distinction, a student from Rio Rancho Public Schools must complete the following courses with a C or better, and with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Rio Rancho Public Schools Diploma of Distinction – requires completion of 28 out of 28 credits with no grade lower than a C. Weighted course letter grades will not be adjusted. • 4 *English credits – English 9, 10, 11, 12 • 4 *Social Studies credits – NM History/Geography, World History, US History, Economics/Government • 4 *Science credits – Must include: **Earth & Space/Conceptual Physics; two of the following: Chemistry, Biology, or Physics: as well as one additional science elective. • 4 *Math credits – Must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Trigonometry equivalent or higher. • 2 World Language credits in the same language • 1 Physical Education credit • 0.5 Health • 0.5 Technology credit • 0.5 Fine Arts credit • 7.5 elective credits • Must include 2 AP (Advanced Placement) credits • Students must have a 3.0 GPA at the end of semester 7 (the fall semester of the senior year) *AP (Advanced Placement) or Pre AP courses may be substituted for standard level courses (i.e., AP English 12 may be substituted for English 12). **An Alternate 9th grade science course may be substituted for incoming transfer students. 6

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