To be eligible for graduation, every New Brunswick High School student must successfully complete the following course credit requirements:
COURSES YEARS CREDITS ENGLISH/ESL 4 20 MATH 3 15 PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH 4 (1/YR ENROLLED) 20 SCIENCE 3 15 SOCIAL STUDIES 3 15 VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS 5 21ST CENTURY LIFE & CAREERS 5 WORLD LANGUAGE 2 10 FINANCIAL LITERACY 1/2 2.5 ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES 27.5 TOTAL CREDITS NEEDED 120 (MIN)
A graduating student must have earned a minimum of 120 credits in courses designed to meet all of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards as outlined above.
As defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:8-1.3, "credit" means the award for the equivalent of a class period of instruction which meets for a minimum of forty minutes, one time per week during the school year or as approved through N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a)2.
Students must demonstrate proficiency in English Language Arts and Mathematics by meeting the assessment cutoffs as defined by the New Jersey Department of Education.
The high school graduation credit requirement may be met in whole or in part through program completion of a range of experiences that enable students to pursue a variety of personalized learning opportunities, as follows:
1. The district shall establish a process to approve individualized student learning opportunities that meet or exceed the Core Curriculum Content Standards.
a. Individualized student learning opportunities in all Core Curriculum Content Standards areas include, but are not limited, to the following:
(1) Independent study;
(2) Online learning;
(3) Work-based programs, internships, apprenticeships;
(4) Study abroad programs;
(5) Student exchange programs; and
(6) Structured learning experiences, including, but not limited to, work-based programs, internships, apprenticeships, and service learning experiences.
b. Individualized student learning opportunities based upon specific instructional objectives aimed at meeting or exceeding the Core Curriculum Content Standards shall:
(1) Be based on student interest and career goals as reflected in the Personalized Student Learning Plans;
(2) Include demonstration of student competency;
(3) Be certified for completion based on the district process adopted according to 2. below; and
(4) Be on file in the school district and subject to review by the Commissioner or designee.
c. Group programs based upon specific instructional objectives aimed at meeting or exceeding the Core Curriculum Content Standards shall be permitted and shall be approved in the same manner as other approved courses.
For additional information, please see the complete New Brunswick Board of Education Policy 5460 on the district website.