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Graduation Requirements

Alpena High School Graduation Requirements

“Smart Core is the college- and career-ready set of courses that is the default curriculum for all Arkansas public high school students.” as defined by the Arkansas Department of Education. Unless the appropriate waiver form is filled out by parents and filed with the  Alpena School District, students will, by default, be on the Smart Core Plan for graduation. A waiver will allow a student to choose the Core Plan and thus be able to choose different science and math courses for graduation. The following are examples of Smart Core and Core Plans. Students can speak with their Talk O Tuesday teacher during Leopard Time about their course requirements and scheduling. Students can also speak with Mrs. Garrett at any time regaurding thier graduation requirements. 

Smart Core Curriculum:

  • English-4 Credits
  • Oral Communications-½ Credit
  • Mathematics-4 Credits
    • ‚ÄčAlgebra I
    • Geometry
    • Algebra II
    • Pre-Calculus
  • Science- 3 Credits
    • Physical Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry or Physics
  • Social Studies-3 Credits
    • World History
    • Civics/Econ
    • American History
  • Physical Education, Fine Art & Health-½ Credit Each
  • 6 Career Focus Elective Credits

22 Total Credits

Core Curriculum:

  • English-4 Credits
  • Oral Communications-½ Credit
  • Mathematics-4 Credits
    • ‚ÄčAlgebra I
    • Geometry
    • Bridge to Algebra II
    • Algebra II or Transitional Math Ready
  • Science- 3 Credits
    • Physical Science
    • Biology
    • Environmental Science
  • Social Studies-3 Credits
    • World History
    • Civics/Econ
    • American History
  • Physical Education, Fine Art & Health-½ Credit Each
  • 6 Career Focus Elective Credits

22 Total Credits

Smart Core Waiver Form