Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Effective with the incoming 9th grade class of the 2012-2013 school year, graduation from a Thornton Fractional Township High School will require that a student successfully complete 23 credits during at least eight semesters of full-time attendance.

English.................................................................4 credits

Social Studies........................................................3 credits

Science................................................................2 credits

Math......................................................................3 credits

P.E....................................................................3.5 credits

Health................................................................0.5 credits

Electives.................................................................7 credits

Total Required.................................................... .23 credits

Of the 23 minimum credits required for graduation, 19 credits must be in courses other than Physical Education and Driver Education. Students must enroll in P.E. each semester during the regular school year unless they are enrolled in Driver Education, Health or have received a valid P.E. waiver.

In addition to the above requirement, a student must:

  • Attend classes full time for eight semesters ( 4 years)
  • Take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) in order to receive a diploma (Effective 8/3/2004 in accordance with Public Act 93-857)
  • Pass the U.S. and Illinois Constitution exam

FOUR YEAR PLAN OPTIONS

HONORS COLLEGE PREPARATORY

For students desiring to gain admission to a state university with the highest admission requirements and public and private colleges with highly competitive and the most selective requirements.

  • English 4 years (Honors Level)
  • Mathematics 4 years (culminating in Honors Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus)
  • Science 3 or 4 years (culminating in Honors Physics or Honors Chemistry II)
  • Social Studies 3 or 4 years (culminating in AP Modern European History or A P U.S. History)
  • Foreign Language 2 - 4 years
  • Electives 2 years

COLLEGE PREPARATORY AND CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

For students desiring to gain admission to four year colleges/universities with competitive admission requirements and preparation in a particular program at career/technical education (CTE).

  • English 4 years
  • Mathematics 3 or 4 years (culminating in Pre-Calculus, A.P Calculus or Statistics and Modeling)
  • Science 3 - 4 years
  • Social Studies 3 years
  • Foreign Language 2 - 4 years
  • CTE 2 - 3 years