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  • Courses and Programs of Study

  • Courses listed in this publication make up the instructional program for the school system. Only approved core curricula are available at all sites, and courses may not be offered during this school year if enrollment does not permit. Prerequisites are conditions that must be met in order to enroll in a course. Credits are used for scheduling and grade point average calculations. Information in this publication may change. Contact the content area office listed in the Phone Directory for updates. Published by the Division of Teaching and Learning, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

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    How to use this publication

    1. The courses listed make up the instructional program for the school system. However, only approved core curricula are available at all sites, and courses may not be offered during this school year if enrollment does not permit.
    2. Fees are not included in the description of courses.
    3. Courses appear in order within alphabetized departments.
    4. Course codes are used by the school system to schedule students electronically.
    5. The 6th digit in the 6-digit Course Code may be interpreted as follows:
      • 1=first semester;
      • 2=second semester;
      • 3=full year;
      • 0=semester or quarter 
       
    6. Credits are awarded for successful demonstration of a specified unit of study.
      • 1.0 = full year;
      • .50 = half year;
      • .25 = one quarter;
      • 0 = full year, half year, or quarter.
       
    7. After required specified credits have been earned, all other credits are elective.
    8. Prerequisites are conditions that must be met in order to enroll in a course.
    9. Students may need assistance from parents, counselors, administrators, and teachers in interpreting information within the publication.

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    Planning a Middle School Schedule

    According to the Code of Maryland regulations, middle school students must take the following courses each year:
    • Reading/English Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Health
    • Physical Education
    • Fine Arts (Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts)
    For enriched academic experience and to prepare for advanced coursework, students should consider these additional recommended courses:
    • Family and Consumer Sciences • World Language*
    • Technology Education
    Students interested in a focused, in-depth experience should consider these programs by application or selection process:
    • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
    • Creative and Performing Arts
    • French Immersion
    • Gateway to Technology
    • Montessori
    • Talented and Gifted
    *Elementary schools housing 6th graders may offer Introduction to the Language in order to prepare students with the requisite courses for the IB and AP programs. For middle schools with 7th / 8th configurations only, a student without a prior introductory course will take the Introduction to the Language in 7th grade.

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    Planning a High School Schedule


    All students are expected to either be state-approved Career and Technology Education program completers or meet University System of Maryland entrance requirements, or both, upon graduating from high school. Careful and informed course planning is necessary to accomplish this goal:
    1. Review credits you have earned to determine whether you are meeting graduation requirements.
    2. Complete registration forms accurately.
    3. Some courses have a limited enrollment based on capacities of the physical facilities of the school. Counselors will work with the teachers involved to register students in those classes.
    4. Courses will be taught only if the enrollment is large enough to justify formation of a section. If a course must be canceled because of low enrollment, every effort will be made to notify students.
    5. Because of the large number of courses offered only once, twice or three times, which result in scheduling conflicts, it is imperative for students to make alternate selections. When contact cannot be made, the alternate selection is the only aid available in resolving conflicts.

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    Changes in Schedule

    It is very difficult to make satisfactory adjustments at the last moment. Your selections should be considered final. Requests for schedule changes will be honored only under extenuating circumstances. Only in unusual circumstances will schedule changes be made after the fourth week in either semester. Requests for schedule changes will be considered for the following reasons only:
    1. Course prerequisites not met;
    2. Seniors needing specific courses to meet Maryland graduation requirements;
    3. To correct an obvious error;
    4. Failing or non-qualifying grades in summer school courses;
    5.  Authentic, documented health reasons; and
    6. Certain circumstances requiring administrative approval.

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    High School Graduation for Middle School Coursework

    Credit toward high school graduation may be earned by middle school students who meet the prerequisites and local school system curricular objectives in a high school course in Level 1 and beyond World Language, Algebra 1 and beyond mathematics, and/or Biology. Grades and credits (passing or failing) will be reflected on the student’s permanent record, high school transcript, and cumulative grade point average.

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    Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2009 through 2017

    Graduation Requirements for Class of 2009 through 2017

    Effective with the Graduating Classes of 2009 through 2017 (entering freshman in Fall 2013), the graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are: 

    SUBJECT AREA

    SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

    HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT (HSA) REQUIREMENTS

    English

    4 credits

    Algebra/Data Analysis, English 10, and Biology:

    Students who entered Grade 9 in the fall of 2005 and later (COMAR 13A.03.02.09) must either obtain a passing or combined score on Algebra/Data Analysis, English 10 or have sat for PARCC English  10 and Algebra 1 assessments. Students must meet a participation requirement in the Biology assessment. The Bridge Plan for Academic Validation may be used for students who meet specific criteria to meet the passing requirement.

    Government:

    Students entering 9th grade in the 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, or 2009-2010 school years do not need to pass the Government HSA for graduation, but may use it if they pursue a combined score to satisfy this requirement.

    Students entering 9th grade in school year 2013-14 and beyond MUST either pass the Government HSA or include the Government HSA score to meet a combined score requirement.

    See Assessment Requirements pages in Administrative Procedure 6150 for more information.

     

    Mathematics

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1

    √ 1 in Geometry

    √ 1 additional mathematics credit

     

     

    Science

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Biology

    √ 2 additional credits that must include laboratory experience in any or all of the following areas: earth science, life science, physical science

     

     

    Social Studies

     

    3 credits

    √ 1 in U.S. History II

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    0.5 credit   √ Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    0.5 credit   √ Health Issues

    Technology Education

    1 credit      √ Foundations of Technology

     

    Completer** and  Electives

    2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language (both credits must be in the same language per local requirements) and3 credits in electives

    OR

    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and 3 credits in electives

    OR

    Complete (4–9 credits) a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses

    and any remaining credits in electives

    Credits: Twenty-one (21) credits are required. Per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C, PGCPS has notified the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that four (4) credits must be earned after completion of Grade 11.

    Enrollment: The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the 8th grade unless on an approved option.

    Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally-developed, state-approved program that includes service learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection and a specified number of hours of independent service.

    **Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements.

     

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    Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2018 through 2020

    Graduation Requirements for Class of 2018 through 2020

    Effective with the Graduating classes of 2018 through 2020 (entering freshman in Fall 2014 through Fall 2016), graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows. See the Required Subject Area Descriptions pages for further descriptions of enrollment requirements. 

    SUBJECT AREA

    SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

    ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

    English

    4 credits

    Students must satisfy one of the following:

     

    • Meet the requirements as established by MSDE on the Maryland high school assessments for Algebra 1, Biology, English 10, and Government;
    • Achieve a combined score(s) as established by MSDE on the Maryland high school assessments;
    • Achieve a score as established by MSDE approved substitute assessments for algebra, biology, English, and government, aligned with the Maryland high school assessments such as Advanced Placement examinations, SAT I, SAT II, ACT, and International Baccalaureate examinations;
    • In school years 2016—2017 and beyond, if a student is unable to meet the above requirements, then they must satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation, or
    • Prior to the 2016—2017 school year, if a student has taken an HSA-aligned or PARCC-aligned Algebra I and/or English 10 course and has passed the course(s) but failed the assessment aligned with the course(s) that student is exempt from completing a Bridge Plan for Academic Validation.

     

    See Assessment Requirements pages in Administrative Procedure 6150 for additonal information and specific information on government.

     

     

    Mathematics

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1

    √ 1 in Geometry

    √ 1 additional mathematics credit

    √ Enrollment in a math course each year in high school

     

     

    Science

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Biology

    √ 2 additional credits that must include laboratory experience in any or all of the following areas: earth science, life science, physical science

     

     

    Social Studies

     

    3 credits

    √ 1 in U.S. History II

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    0.5 credit   √ Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    0.5 credit   √ Health Issues

    Technology Education

    1 credit

    Completer** and Electives

    **Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements

    2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language (both credits must be in the same language per local requirements) and any remaining credits in electives

    OR

    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and any remaining credits in electives

    OR

    Complete (4–9 credits) a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses

     and any remaining credits in electives

    Credits: Twenty-one (21) credits are required. Per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C, PGCPS has notified the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that four (4) credits must be earned after completion of Grade 11.

    Enrollment: The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the 8th grade unless on an approved option.

    Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally-developed, state-approved program that includes service-learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection and a specified number of hours of independent service.


     


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    Graduation Requirements - Graduating Class of 2021 and beyond

    Graduation Requirements for Class of 2021 and beyond

    Effective with the Graduating class of 2021 (entering freshman in Fall 2017), graduation requirements to earn a Maryland High School diploma are as follows. See the Required Subject Area Descriptions pages for further descriptions of enrollment requirements.  

    SUBJECT AREA

    SPECIFIC CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

    ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

    English

    4 credits

    Pursuant to COMAR 13A.03.02.09, students must

    1. Achieve a passing score on the Maryland High School Assessments for Algebra I and English 10, in the following way:
      (i) For school year 2016—2017, a score of 725;
      (ii) For school year 2017—2018, a score of 733;
      (iii) For school year 2018—2019, a score of 741;
      (iv) For school year 2019—2020, and beyond, a score of 750; and
      (v) Assessment in English 10 and/or Algebra I, the passing score on the retest shall be the passing score in the year in which the student first took the assessment.
    2. Achieve a passing score as established by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) on the Maryland High School Assessments for biology and government;
    3. Achieve a combined score(s) as established by MSDE on the Maryland High School Assessments;
    4. If a student has not achieved a passing score on the Maryland High School Assessment in English 10 and/or Algebra I, achieve a score as established by MSDE on MSDE-approved assessments for algebra, and/ or English, aligned with the Maryland High School Assessments such as Advanced Placement examinations, SAT, ACT, and International Baccalaureate examinations; or
    5. Except for students described in Regulation .06G of this chapter, if a student is unable to meet the requirements in §B(3)(a)—(d) of this regulation, then satisfactorily complete the requirements of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation as set forth in Regulation .06E of this chapter.
     

     

     

    Mathematics

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Algebra 1

    √ 1 in Geometry

    √ 1 additional mathematics credit

    √ Enrollment in a math course each year in high school

     

     

    Science

    3 credits

    √ 1 in Biology

    √ 1 in Biogeochemical Systems

    √ 1 additional credits that must include laboratory experience in any or all of the following areas: earth science, life science, physical science

     

     

    Social Studies

     

    3 credits

    √ 1 in U.S. History II

    √ 1 in Local, State, and National Government

    √ 1 in World History

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    Fine Arts

    1 credit

    Physical Education

    0.5 credit   √ Personal Fitness

    Health Education

    0.5 credit   √ Health Issues

    Technology Education

    1 credit

    Completer** and Electives

    **Completer refers to a specified sequence of courses required for completing graduation requirements

    2 credits of either World Language or American Sign Language (both credits must be in the same language per local requirements) andany remaining credits in electives

    OR

    2 credits of Advanced Technology Education and any remaining credits in electives

    OR

    Complete (4–9 credits) a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved sequence of courses

    and any remaining credits in electives

    Credits: Twenty-one (21) credits are required. Per COMAR 13A.03.02.01C, PGCPS has notified the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that four (4) credits must be earned after completion of Grade 11.

    Enrollment: The student shall satisfactorily complete four years of approved study beyond the 8th grade unless on an approved option.

    Student Service-Learning: The student shall complete a locally-developed, state-approved program that includes service-learning infusion in designated courses, preparation, reflection and a specified number of hours of independent service.

     

     


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    High School Core Curriculum Course Sequence

     

    CONTENT

    GRADE 9

    GRADE 10

    GRADE 11

    GRADE 12

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mathematics

    • Algebra 1
    • Geometry
    • Algebra 2
    • Applications in Algebra for English Language Learners
     
    • Algebra 1
    • Geometry
    • Algebra 2
    • Trig /Analysis
    • Probability and Statistics
    • Pre-Calculus
    • Linear Algebra
     
    • Geometry
    • Financial Algebra
    • Algebra 2
    • Foundations for College Algebra
    • Trig /Analysis
    • Pre-Calculus
    • Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics
    • AP Computer Science
    • AP Calculus AB
     
    • Algebra 2
    • Foundations for College Algebra
    • Trig /Analysis
    • Probability and Statistics
    • Pre-Calculus
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Computer Science
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • Calc III/

    Differential Equations

     

     

     

     

    English

    • English 9
    • English 9 Honors
    • English 9 Pre- Diploma Program
    • ESOL Newcomer, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
     
    • English 10
    • English 10 Honors
    • ESOL Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
     
    • English 11
    • English 11 Honors
    • AP Language
    • ESOL Intermediate, Advanced
    • English 10 (ESOL)
     
    • English 12
    • AP Language
    • AP Literature
    • English 10 (ESOL)
    • ESOL Advanced
     

     

     

     

    Science

    • Biology
    • Biology Honors
    • Language of Science (ESOL)
     
    • Biology
    • Chemistry Honors
     
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • AP Physics B
    • AP Physics C
    • AP Biology
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Environmental Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Physics Honors
     
    • Earth /Space Systems
    • Physics
    • AP Biology
    • AP Physics B
    • AP Physics C
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Environmental Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Physics Honors
     

     

     

     

     

    Social Studies

    • United States History II, Reconstruction to Present
    • Language of American History (ESOL)
     
    • Local, State, and National Government
    • United States History II, Reconstruction to Present (ESOL)
    • AP Government & Politics
     
    • World History
    • AP World History
    • Local, State, and National Government (ESOL)
     
    • AP World History
    • AP US History
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Government & Politics
    • AP European History
    • AP Human Geography
    • World History (ESOL)
     


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    Enrollment Options Available to Students

    In recognition of the fact that the four-year, full-time enrollment requirement may not serve the best interest of some students, Prince George’s County Public Schools provides several educational options.

    To be informed about these options and to receive help in developing and updating a sound educational plan, each student must meet regularly with his/her guidance counselor. Parent(s) or guardian(s) are required to meet with appropriate school staff in person, at a pre-arranged conference, to discuss available options and the plans being considered by their children (wards).

    The following education options are available to students presently enrolled in Prince George’s County Public Schools.

    Concurrent and Dual Enrollment

    A student may fulfill graduation requirements by being enrolled in both high school and college. A student wishing to apply for concurrent enrollment must apply for and secure approval from the local school principal. The student and parent(s) or guardian(s) must work very closely with the school counselor in preparation for this option. The number of courses approved to be taken beyond the school day should be based on what is educationally sound and the student’s past performance. See Concurrent Enrollment and Dual Enrollment descriptions in Administrative Procedure 6150.

    Early Admissions

    Students may opt to pursue an alternative to the four-year enrollment requirement by applying for an early admissions program.

    Students may be considered for an early admissions program if they meet either of the following criteria:

    Option 1: For students who will complete their high school requirements in three years and desire to graduate early.

    Option 2: For students who plan to attend an accredited post-high school institution as a full-time student for one year in lieu of the final year of high school.

    Students may be considered for an early admissions program if they meet either of the following criteria:

    1. Students who have demonstrated success clearly by their scholastic achievement and academic precociousness.
    2. Students who have demonstrated success clearly by their school achievement and a readiness for vocational training.

    Procedures for Early Admissions

    To apply for Early Admissions the following steps must be taken:

    During the Fourth Quarter of the Tenth Grade

    1. The counselor should have a conference with the parents or guardians and the student to discuss the requirements for Early Admissions.
    2. Recommendations from two major subject area teachers must be obtained.
    3. A complete Request for Early Admissions to Post High School Institution form (PS-109) including the plan for completion of graduation requirements must be submitted to the counselor.
    4. The early admissions form, current transcripts, a program report and teacher recommendations must be submitted to the principal for approval to pursue the process.
    5. The pre-approval letter will be forwarded to the student and parent or guardian from the principal.
    6. The letter of approval to pursue the process from the principal and the application packet should be placed in the student’s cumulative folder.

    During the First Quarter of the Third Year of High School

    The counselor must complete the Graduation Agreement with the student.

    Before the End of the Third Quarter of the Third Year in High School

    1. The completed pre-approved packet with the letter of acceptance from the post-secondary institution and an up-to-date transcript and progress report will be forwarded to the Supervisor of Guidance and Counseling.
    2. A final letter of approval for the Early Admissions option will be forwarded from the Superintendent.

    Fulfilling Graduation Requirements

    High school graduation will occur at the end of the fourth year of enrollment. The student must provide copies of college transcripts so that high school credit can be granted.

    Work/Study Waiver

    Any grade 12 student who has requested to be on work release and cannot enroll in the Career Research and Development course and can provide documentation of financial hardship may request a half-day academic schedule. The following steps must be implemented:

    1. The student meets all of the requirements identified above.
    2. The student provides a letter to the principal documenting the reasons for requesting a work/study waiver that substantiates financial hardship. The letter must be written by the parent/guardian and confirmed      by the principal or his/her designee via telephone. The principal will then determine approval or denial. Communication must be made by the principal to the parent and student informing them of his/her decision.
    3. If approved, the student must present a letter from his or her employer on letterhead within 5 school days stating that the student is currently employed with the company. Once this information is received the student is granted a half-day schedule.
    4. The student is then required to provide a letter of work confirmation from the employer quarterly. The window for accepting the letter is listed below:
    5. End of 1st Quarter

    If the student fails to provide employment documentation, the parent will receive written notification from the school that the student will possibly be enrolled in a full day schedule.

    • End of 2nd Quarter

    If the student fails to provide employment documentation, the parent will receive written notification from the school that the student will be enrolled in a full day schedule.

    • End of 3rd Quarter

    If the student fails to provide employment documentation, the parent will receive written notification from the school that the student will possibly be enrolled in a full day schedule.

    1. All work/study approval files must be kept in the principal’s office for further review if needed. Contents of the student file are as follows:
    2. Letter from parent requesting work/study waiver due to financial hardship. Notes from principal stating approval or denial of request and time/date of verbal confirmation with parent.
    3. Letter from employer on letterhead confirming student is currently employed.
    4. Quarterly documentation showing proof of employment or letters from the school informing the parent that the student will be placed on a full day schedule.

    Early College or Middle College programs

    Students who participate in an Early College or Middle College program are inherently early admissions students and may use the postsecondary credits earned for the four (4) credits that must be earned after completion of Grade 11.

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    College Preparation Checklist

    It is never too early to begin planning for college. The following checklist may help you in preparing for college, beginning where you are now.

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    College Admission Tests

    Your high school academic record is a good indicator of your potential for success in college. However, because high schools throughout the country differ widely in course offerings, academic standards, and grading policies, colleges need some standard measure of academic ability when they compare the applications of candidates for admission. Colleges in the admissions process use scores on the college entrance tests, along with your academic and extracurricular record. Tests give you an opportunity to display your knowledge. Students have the responsibility of registering for college entrance tests. High school counselors will assist students in test selection and registration.

    PSAT/NMSQT (or PSAT 10)

    The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a three-hour test administered in October of each year. It is designed to aid high school sophomores and juniors in planning for college and to serve juniors wishing to be considered for scholarships administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This examination provides an early measure of the reading, writing, and mathematical abilities tested by the SAT.

    ACT

    The ACT is a three hour examination given six times during the school year. It consists of four tests in the areas of English, reading, mathematics, and science. Scores are reported in each of these areas along with a composite score. University System of Maryland schools accept either ACT or SAT scores.

    SAT

    The SAT measures mathematical, critical reading and writing skills. Scores on this three-hour test allow you to compare yourself in these areas with other college-bound students. Students are encouraged to take the SAT I in the spring of their junior year, especially if they are considering academy appointments, ROTC programs, early admission programs at colleges and universities, and special scholarship programs. Maryland private and state four-year colleges/universities accept SAT I for admission.

    SAT II

    SAT  II are one-hour examinations which measure what you have learned in one of twenty specific subjects   in the areas of English, social studies, science, mathematics and language. All colleges do not require SAT II scores as a part of the admissions process. In some instances, only scholarship applicants may be required  to take specific tests. Consult the catalog of the college being considered to be sure which tests, if any, are required.

    TOEFL

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language is designed to measure the level of English proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English. Many colleges and universities require foreign students to submit TOEFL scores as a part of the application process. The test is divided into three parts and measures important language skills.

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    SAT Preparation Course 0.5 Credit

    Seniors and juniors who plan to take the SAT for college admission should enroll in this semester course. Students will become familiar with the SAT format, test taking strategies, and critical thinking skills. Students will review basic arithmetic, algebraic, and geometric concepts for the mathematics section with particular attention to the formats. In addition, students will review reading and writing strategies and vocabulary development for the verbal section of the SAT. There will be extensive work in critical and comparative reading as well as analogical reasoning. Simulated test taking and regular feedback will be an integral part of this class. Participants will be required to take the SAT in 11th grade during the spring of the school year. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Geometry and concurrent enrollment in Algebra II.

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    College Credit, Certification and Licensure Opportunities in High School

    Advanced Placement (AP)

    The Advanced Placement (AP) program was developed by The College Board to facilitate the transition of high school students into successful college experiences. The AP program allows students to pursue college- level studies while still in high school. The courses are designed to prepare students to take and pass the AP examinations administered nationally through the Educational Testing Service. College credit is awarded to students who meet specific college or university requirements for the respective courses.

    College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides a means for persons who have reached the college level of education in non-traditional ways to demonstrate their academic achievement and earn college credits by taking an exam. For further information, contact the college admissions office.

    International Baccalaureate (IB)

    International Baccalaureate (IB) tests may be taken by students who have successfully completed IB courses in high school. The IB Program is recognized for admission to colleges and universities throughout the world. Many colleges award credit for IB Diploma recipients for advanced placement as sophomores.

    TECH PREP (2+2) College Credit Programs

    TECH PREP (2+2) Programs offer students technical instruction which links directly with existing programs at Prince George’s Community College, Montgomery College, or the Community College of Baltimore County. Students who complete Accounting, Finance, Early Childhood Education, Computer Networking Systems, Pre- Engineering, Construction, Printing Management, Drafting/CAD, and Automotive Technology earn articulated credit toward an Associate degree.

    Certification and Licensure Programs

    Certification and Licensure Programs lead to certification or licensure examinations that students are prepared to take in order to earn industry credentials. Students who complete the following programs may take the industry exam: Publishing and Graphics (PrintED); Business Administrative Services (Microsoft Office Specialist); Drafting (American Design Drafting Association); Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Masonry, and Plumbing (National Center for Construction Education and Research); Barbering (Maryland State Board of Barbers); Cosmetology (Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists); Culinary Arts (ServSafe); Hospitality and Restaurant Management (ServSafe and ProStart); Nursing (Maryland Board of Nursing); Child Development (Senior Staff 90 Clock Hour); Teacher Academy (Praxis 1 and Para Pro); Computer Networking (Cisco Certified Networking Associate, Certified Entry Level Networking Technician, Internetworking Cisco Devices); IT Essentials (COMPTIA A+ and CCENT); and Automotive Body and Automotive Technician (Automotive Service Excellence).

    Dual Enrollment

    The Dual enrollment program is an opportunity for a PGCPS high school student to also take courses at a Maryland two- or four-year college or university.  Students must meet the following criteria:

    • Enrolled as an 11th (including summer before) or 12th grader.
    • Minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average at your high school by spring of 10th grade year.
    • Minimal test score requirements on the ACCUPLACER, SAT or ACT.
    • Please refer to the college or university of interest for additional eligibility requirements.

    PGCPS school counselors have access to the registration form for dual enrollment and other documents for the application packet. The forms can also be found at http://www1.pgcps.org/dualenrollment/.

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    University System of Maryland Requirements

    Source: University System of Maryland Website — www.usmd.edu For more information, check with the USM campus of your choice.

    GRADE 9

    GRADE 10

    GRADE 11

    GRADE 12

    English

    English

    English

    English

     

     

     

    Algebra 1

     

     

     

    Geometry

     

     

     

    Algebra 2

    Students who complete Algebra 2 prior to their final year must complete the four year mathematics requirement by taking a

    course or courses that utilize non-trivial algebra**.

     

    Science  (Lab)

     

    Biology

     

    Chemistry

    Academic Elective (or Science for STEM majors)

    Social Studies

    Social Studies

    Social Studies

    Academic Elective

    Foreign Language 1, American Sign Language 1, OR  *Advanced Technology

    Foreign Language 2, American Sign Language 2, OR  *Advanced Technology

    Fine Arts

    Academic Elective

    Academic Elective

    Academic Elective

    Grade Point Average                           

     A high school grade point average equivalent to a “C” or better is required for admission of full-time and part-time entering freshmen who have graduated from high school within three years of intended enrollment.

    Test Score                                               

    A score on a nationally standardized examination such as the SAT or ACT is required of all applicants who have graduated from high school within three years of intended enrollment.

    Other Criteria                                          

    Each institution shall publish other criteria for admission that may include (a) rigor  of the high school curriculum as demonstrated by advanced level coursework, (b) academic electives, (c) performance on high school assessments, (d) trends in performance, (e) citizenship and leadership, (f) special talents, and (g) personal circumstances.

    *Advanced Technology                         

    Students should consult the admissions office of the particular institution they are seeking to attend to determine if advanced technology is accepted in fulfillment of this requirement.

    Academic Electives                               

    Students should choose academic electives based on their intended course of study, special interests, and personal needs.

    Senior Year                                             

    The University System of Maryland strongly encourages students to prepare for college during their senior year of high school by continuing to take a challenging academic program. In a significant number of cases, the senior year curriculum and grades are examined closely during the admissions review process.

    **Non-trivial algebra                              

    The level of mathematical concepts and problems would be at least as sophisticated asthose that relate to problems appearing in the Achieve ADP Algebra II test. Examples of courses meeting this requirement include Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus and successor courses, Statistics, and College Algebra.

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