High School Promotion Policy (2016 - 2017)
Chicago Public Schools requires high school students to successfully complete a minimum number of credits before they can be promoted to the next grade level and graduate. Listed below are the CPS high school and graduation requirements.
9th grade promotion
To be promoted from 9th to 10th grade, students must pass at least three of their core subject courses during both semesters and must have successfully completed a minimum of 5 units of credit.
10th grade promotion
To be promoted from 10th to 11th grade, students must pass at least three of their core subject courses during both semesters and must have successfully completed a minimum of 11 units of credit. All 10th grade students must have completed at least 20 hours of community service learning in order to be promoted to the 11th grade.
11th grade promotion
To be promoted from 11th to 12th grade, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 17 units of credit.
To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 24 units of credit and 40 hours of community service learning.
Students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and students with disabilities
LEP students meet all graduation requirements with needed accommodations such as placement in English/ESL and home language support in other subject areas, as appropriate. Students with disabilities meet the general graduation requirements with appropriate accommodations and curricular modifications as determined by their Individual Education Programs (IEPs); students whose IEPs indicate an alternative mastery process receive a document of graduation.
High School Graduation Requirements
The Minimum High School Graduation Requirement Policy (Board Report 06-0628-PO2) requires students to complete a minimum total of 24 credits in specific content areas in order to meet graduation requirements. Overall requirements can vary depending on the type of school and/or program (i.e. some schools may require additional courses in math, science, world language, etc.).
The document entitled High School Graduation Requirements serves as a guide for ensuring completion of all required hours for promotion from year to year, by identifying specific course requirements, as well as the number of credits required for ultimately earning graduation status. Adherence to the High School Graduation Requirements will ensure that each student remains on track and on pace for high school graduation.