• Graduation Requirements

    A total of 22 credits including:

    • 4 credits of English
    • 3 credits of History and Social Sciences - including U.S. History I & II (or A.P. U.S. History)
    • 4 credits of Mathematics (including senior year) for the classes of 2018 and beyond; 3 credits for the classes of 2015-2017   *Beginning with the class of 2016 - four years of math are required for any state college or university.
    • 3 credits of Science – All science courses at BHS are lab-based.
    • 1 credit of Wellness   *Students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 who have already successfully completed a Personal Development course have met this requirement for graduation.
    • ALL students are required to have physical education every year.

     Credits towards graduation from Barnstable High School begin accruing in a student's 9th grade year.  GPA and rank are calculated based only on those courses taken in grades 9-11.  As an 8th-12th grade high school, students may complete level one of a sequence of courses in their 8th grade year which will not appear on a transcript.

     Per Barnstable High School policy, the principal has the right to waive graduation requirements listed above.

     MCAS: A passing score on the MCAS exams in English Language Arts, science and mathematics is required to earn a diploma. A student scoring at the Needs Improvement level on either the MCAS ELA or math tests will need to demonstrate progress towards proficiency in those subjects during their junior and senior years.  A plan will be developed with the student’s counselor on how the student will demonstrate proficiency as needed

    Mass Core

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recommends a specific program of studies for high school students to be prepared for college and a career.

    English/Language Arts

    4 Units*

     

    Mathematics

    4 Units

    Including the completion of Algebra II or completion of the Integrated Math equivalent. All students are recommended to take a math course during their senior year.

    Science

    3 Units of lab-based science

    Coursework taken in technology/engineering may count for MassCore science credit.  Note:  In June 2012, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) revised its admission standards to count technology/engineering coursework based on academic standards and taken for science credit as meeting the science admissions requirement.

     

    History/Social Science

    3 Units

    Including US History and World History.

    Foreign Language**

    2 Units

    Of the same language.

    Physical Education

     

    As required by law

    State law (M.G.L. c. 71,s. 3) states: “Physical education shall be taught as a required subject in all grades for all students.”

    Health can be integrated into Physical Education, science, or taught as a stand-alone course.

    The Arts**

    1 Unit

     

    Additional Core Courses

    5 Units

    Business Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Health, Technology or any of the subjects above. Note: Most students majoring in CTE will take more than 5 units in a CTE program of study.

     

    22 Units - Is a minimum that students should take in high school

     

    Additional Learning Opportunities

    Complete as many of the following as possible:

    Advanced Placement (AP); Capstone or Senior Project; Dual Enrollment courses taken for both high school and college credit; Online courses; Service Learning; and Work-based Learning.

     

    *A unit represents a full academic year of study or its equivalent in a subject that covers all the standards contained in a specific Curriculum Framework. 

    ** Students enrolled in a state-approved Career and Technical Education program of studies have the option of opting out of Foreign Language and Art and still fulfill MassCore.

    MassCore is the recommended program of study that Massachusetts high school students need in order to be better prepared for college and a career.  Developed by a statewide advisory group from the K-12, higher education and business sectors, MassCore maintains flexibility for students and high schools while allowing districts to set additional graduation requirements. Courses included in MassCore should be rigorous, engaging, and based on appropriate Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks high school level standards.

  • Graduation Requirements

    A total of 22 credits including:

    • 4 credits of English
    • 3 credits of History and Social Sciences - including U.S. History I & II (or A.P. U.S. History)
    • 4 credits of Mathematics (including senior year) for the classes of 2018 and beyond; 3 credits for the classes of 2015-2017   *Beginning with the class of 2016 - four years of math are required for any state college or university.
    • 3 credits of Science – All science courses at BHS are lab-based.
    • 1 credit of Wellness   *Students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 who have already successfully completed a Personal Development course have met this requirement for graduation.
    • ALL students are required to have physical education every year.

    Credits towards graduation from Barnstable High School begin accruing in a student's 9th grade year.  GPA and rank are calculated based only on those courses taken in grades 9-11.  As an 8th-12th grade high school, students may complete level one of a sequence of courses in their 8th grade year which will not appear on a transcript.

    Per Barnstable High School policy, the principal has the right to waive graduation requirements listed above.

    MCAS: A passing score on the MCAS exams in English Language Arts, science and mathematics is required to earn a diploma. A student scoring at the Needs Improvement level on either the MCAS ELA or math tests will need to demonstrate progress towards proficiency in those subjects during their junior and senior years.  A plan will be developed with the student’s counselor on how the student will demonstrate proficiency as needed

    Mass Core

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recommends a specific program of studies for high school students to be prepared for college and a career.

Subject Requirement
Mathematics 4 Units
Including the completion of Algebra II or completion of the Integrated Math equivalent. All students are recommended to take a math course during their senior year.
Science 3 Units of lab-based science
Coursework taken in technology/engineering may count for MassCore science credit. Note: In June 2012, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) revised its admission standards to count technology/engineering coursework based on academic standards and taken for science credit as meeting the science admissions requirement.
History/Social Science 3 Units
Including US History and World History.
Foreign Language** 2 Units
Of the same language.
Physical Education As required by law
State law (M.G.L. c. 71,s. 3) states: Physical education shall be taught as a required subject in all grades for all students. Health can be integrated into Physical Education, science, or taught as a stand-alone course.
The Arts** 1 Unit
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Additional Core Courses 5 Units
Business Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Health, Technology or any of the subjects above. Note: Most students majoring in CTE will take more than 5 units in a CTE program of study.
Additional Learning Opportunities Complete as many of the following as possible: Advanced Placement (AP); Capstone or Senior Project; Dual Enrollment courses taken for both high school and college credit; Online courses; Service Learning; and Work-based Learning.