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Graduation Requirements


Profile Of The South Carolina Graduate


To meet South Carolina graduating requirements, students must earn a minimum of 24 Carnegie units and demonstrate computer proficiency. The State Department of Education specifies that credits must be distributed as follows:

Units/Subjects Required:

4.0  English

4.0  Mathematics

3.0  Science (Biology Required)

1.0  US History and Constitution

0.5  US Government

0.5  Economics

1.0  Other Social Studies

1.0  Physical Education

1.0  Computer Science

1.0  World Language or CATE Elective

7.0  Additional Electives

24.0 Total Units

Note: College admission requirements may vary from graduation requirements

Grading Scale

A  90-100

B  80-89

C  70-79

D  69-60

F  Below 59

I  Incomplete

WP  Withdrew Passing

WF  Withdrew Failing

FA  No Credit due to excessive absences

South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale

  • The State Board of Education adopted a uniform grading policy for South Carolina public schools.
  • All report cards and transcripts will use numerical grades for courses carrying Carnegie units.
  • The uniform grading scale and system for figuring GPA and class rank will apply to all courses carrying Carnegie units, including units earned at the middle school.
  • GPA = sum(quality points X units)/sum of units attempted.

Class Ranking

Beginning with the 10th grade year, class ranking will include College Prep, Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) based on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale.

7 Point Grading Scale - prior to 2016-2017

10-Point Grading Scale - 2016-2017 and after

South Carolina Graduation Seals 

Students enrolled in South Carolina high schools have the opportunity to earn graduation Seals of Distinction within each high school diploma pathway that identifies a particular area of focus, beginning with the freshman class of 2018-19.  See below for more information.

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