Graduation Requirements for all DCE Senior High Students

  • Required credits: 15.5

    Elective credits: 8.0

    All students must earn a total of 23.5 credits to graduate

    Mathematics (3 credits required)

    • Math 9 (1 credit)
    • 2 additional math credits

    Social Studies (3 credits required)

    • Grade 9- American Institutions (1 credit) OR AP American Government (1 credit) OR Action Civics (1 credit)
    • Grade 10- Global Studies (.5 credit) OR AP European History (1 credit) OR AP Human Geography (1 credit) OR AP World History (1 credit) OR American Studies (1 credit)
    • Grade 11- 20th Century American (1 credit) OR AP US History (1 credit) OR American Studies (1 credit)
    • One additional social science class senior year to equal 3 total credits of social studies. 

    Science (3 credits required)

    • Grade 9- Physical Science (1 credit) OR Honors Physical Science (1 credit)
    • Grade 10- Biology (1 credit) OR Honors Chemistry (1 credit)
    • Grade 11- Chemistry (1 credit) OR Honors Chemistry (1 credit) OR AP Biology (2 credits) OR additional science credit

    English (4 credits required)

    • Grade 9- English 9 (1 credit) OR Honors English 9 (1 credit)
    • Grade 10- English 10 (1 credit) OR Honors English 10 (1 credit)
    • Grade 11- English 11 (1 credit)  OR AP Language and Composition (1 credit) OR American Studies (1 credit)
    • Grade 12- 1 credit of English electives

    Physical Education (1.5 credits required)

    • Grade 9- Physical Education (.5 credit)
    • Grade 10- Fitness for Life (.5 credit)
    • One additional physical education elective

    Health (.5 credit required)

    Financial Literacy (.5 credit required)

    • Finance DE (.5 credit) OR Consumer Education (.5 credit) OR Financial Algebra (1 credit) OR AP Macroeconomics (.5 credit) OR Personal Finance and Economics (.5 credit)


    HIGH SCHOOL COURSES RECOMMENDED FOR  4 YEAR COLLEGES

    (MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ARE LISTED)

    AREA OF STUDY

    RECOMMENDATION

    English

    Four years: Required English 9 or English 9 Honors, English 10 or English 10 Honors, English 11 or American Studies or AP Language and Composition, and 1 credit of English electives by the end of grade 12.

    Mathematics

    Three years: Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II as a minimum required for most four year universities.

    Science

    Three years: One year each of biology, chemistry, and physics

    Social Studies

    Three years: One year of U.S history, one year of world history, and one year of other social studies.

    Foreign Language

    Varies by campus: Two years of the same foreign language may be required at some campuses.

    Fine Arts

    One year: One year may be required at some campuses.

    These general college prep recommendations are intended to help students meet most college entrance requirements. They are intended to help assure success in college coursework. However, some colleges may have more specific entrance requirements and/or additional suggestions for college prep. Students are responsible for checking with colleges they are considering for this information. 

    Students should consult with their school counselor and/or explore online resources for college information. 

    Resources are available for checking specific college requirements for Wisconsin schools:

    University of Wisconsin System

    Wisconsin’s Private Colleges

     

    HIGH SCHOOL COURSES RECOMMENDED FOR WI TECHNICAL COLLEGES

     

    AREA OF STUDY

    RECOMMENDATION

    English

    Four years: Including reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

    Mathematics

    Two years: Algebra and geometry

    Science

    Two years: Physical science, biology, and sometimes chemistry

    Social Studies

    Three years: One year each of  U.S. History, world history, and social science.

    Critical Skills

    Career and technical education courses related to computers, fine arts, and other vocational education areas.

    Related Experience

    Coursework in particular interest areas, extracurricular participation, and other experiences which lend themselves to specific career preparation. 

    There are no general course admission requirements for WI Technical Colleges, however individual programs may require specific courses for admission. 

    Check specific requirements for the WI Technical Colleges



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