High School Graduation Requirements
These requirements represent the minimum credits allowed by law for private schools in the state of Maryland. Students may wish to add additional credits based on their desired emphasis of study. Note to out of State families. We follow your State's requirements if they are different from Maryland's credit requirements.
a) A student shall earn a minimum of 21 credits for graduation. Generally, a minimum of sixteen of these credits shall be in the areas specified below:
Bible - 3 credits;
Christian Service - 1 credit;
English-Language Arts - 4 credits (2 in Writing/Grammar; 2 in Literature);
Social Studies - 2 credits (one must be United States History with Government emphasis);
Science - 2 credits;
Mathematics - 2 credits;
Phys.Ed.- 1 credit;
Work Study - 1 credit.
b) An additional five (5) elective credits minimum shall be earned in accordance with the student's area of focus.
c) Bible is required every year. Bible courses may be approved to satisfy the graduation requirements in some English-Language Arts or Social Studies.
A student may also use Bible courses to satisfy a part of the elective credits. Special written approval is needed for these alternatives.
d) Transfer students may satisfy the 3 credit Bible requirement by focusing their studies in one of the other courses on some Biblical topic, i.e. Bible history, Bible literature. Note: This does not give 2 credits for doing the same course but it can be done to satisfy the Bible requirement.
e) Determination of a unit of credit is based on the satisfactory completion of course work as described by the approved Course Description in High School Course Catalog. In addition to regular study activities, a student may include laboratory experiences, independent research, tutorial assistance, computer assisted instruction and use of audiovisual materials.
f) Credits may be earned for programs other than those taken during the regular school year. Examples of these programs are summer school, evening school, correspondence courses, tutoring, examinations, work study programs or life experience.
g) Graduates must complete a 15 page (minimum) Research Paper and enter the paper in the Family Heritage Expo.