High School Graduation (College Prep Diploma)
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Grade 9-12 Subject Units Required

English -- 4 units
     (I, II, III & IV)

Foreign Language -- 2 units
     (Both must be in same language)

Mathematics -- 4 units
     (Algebra I, II, Geometry & one beyond Algebra II)

Science -- 3 units
     (A physical science, Biology & Earth Science)

Social Studies -- 3 units
     (Civics & Economics, United States History, World History)

Health & Physical Education -- 1 unit

Electives -- 4 units

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** These requirements are established by the North Carolina State Board of Education; local public school boards of education usually require additional units for graduation.


BASIC  SUBJECTS  TRADITIONALLY  TAUGHT  IN PRIVATE  ELEMENTARY  &  MIDDLE  SCHOOLS

          Grades 1 - 6           Grades 7 - 8
Language Arts
             Reading
             Handwriting
             English Grammar
             Spelling
Math
Science
Social Studies
             Gr. 1 - Families
             Gr. 2 - Communities
             Gr. 3 - Early America
History
             Gr. 4 - The U.S. & North Carolina
             Gr. 5 - Western Hemisphere Nations
             Gr. 6 - Eastern Hemisphere Nations
Health, Safety & Physical Education
Language Arts
             English Grammar & Composition
             Spelling
             Literature
Math
Science
             Gr. 7 -- Life
             Gr. 8 -- Earth-Space
Social Studies
             Gr. 7 - World Studies
             Gr. 8 - American & North Carolina
Health, Safety & Physical Education


THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

Minimum Admissions Requirements at the 16 Institutions of the University of North Carolina

For the class of 2006 and beyond, the following courses are required for admission -- in addition to an institution's own specific requirements:

  • In Language, six course units including: Four in English emphasizing grammar, composition and literature; plus, two units of a language other than English;
  • In mathematics, four course units including algebra I, algebra II, geometry and one unit beyond algebra II; or algebra I, II and two units beyond algebra II; or integrated math I, II, III and one unit beyond integrated math III. It is recommended that prospective students take a mathematics course unit in the 12th grade;
  • In science, three course units including:
    • At least one unit in a life or biological science (for example -- biology);
    • At least one unit in a physical science (for example -- physical science, chemistry or physics);
    • At least one laboratory course;
  • In social studies, two course units including one unit in U.S. history; but, an applicant who does not have the unit in U.S. history may be admitted on the condition that at least three semester hours in that subject will be passed by the end of the sophomore year.

"Course units" as defined in these requirements may include those high school level courses taken and passed by an applicant after graduating from high school, as well as those taken while enrolled as a high school student.

FOR SOME TRANSFER STUDENTS AND STUDENTS WHO GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL PRIOR TO 1990 SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE.

Individual constituent institutions may require other courses
in addition to the minimum requirements.

High school students should take the ACT or SAT either in their junior year or in the fall of their senior year. Scores are forwarded directly to the admissions officer of the campus applied to by the agency which administers the test. Students unable to pay the fee for the test may request through their high school counselor a waiver.

In reviewing applications, admissions officers consider applicants' high school courses taken and grades received, class rank or grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, extracurricular activities and recommendations.  For all freshman entering the UNC system in the fall of 2009 and thereafter, new statewide minimum admissions requirements for high school GPAs as well as SAT and ACT scores apply.

For transfer students, requirements for admission usually include a transcript from high school and each former college attended, eligibility to return to the institution last attended, "C" cumulative average grade on all work attempted at other colleges and an application fee.

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