GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Each graduating class has different graduation requirements.  Please click on the file link located at the bottom of this page for specific information about your graduation requirements.
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Community service projects are planned, organized, and voluntary efforts designed to address a problem or need in the community. To be meaningful, community service projects must address a real need or problem found within the school or community. The community service project you choose to do should also reflect your personal interests and skills. In addition, worthwhile community service projects require an ongoing commitment on your part.
100 community service hours must be completed by December of your senior year. Community service hours must be documented on the community service log sheet found on the links below.  Click on the file link at the bottom of this page to access the community service log sheet.
FINAL GRADE CALCULATION

Academic grades for students are based on a 4 point scale.  Grade points will be determined for annual courses by multiplying each nine-week grade by 2.5, adding the grades for the four nine-weeks, and dividing this sum by 10.  For semester courses, grade points are determined by multiplying each nine week grade by 5, adding the two-nine week grades, and dividing this sum by 10.  This will determine how students earn points when applying the rule of earning 10 grade points to pass a course.  For students in grades 9-12, five points (“five point rule”) must be earned in the second semester to pass an annual course.

Final Grade Calculation Formula does not apply for courses with End of Course exams.

Click on the ‘Final Grade Calculation Table’ file link at the end of this page for addition information.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE/GPA CALCULATION
Grade Point Average, or GPA, is a calculation based on your final grades in courses, the level of the courses, and the credits earned. There are at least four ways that your GPA is calculated: there are two GPA’s on your high school transcript – a State GPA (unweighted) and a District GPA (weighted), and there are separate GPA’s calculated for the Bright Futures as well as a re-calculated GPA for college admission.  Click on the file link at the bottom of this page titled ‘Academic Grades and Bonus Points’ for additional information.
DUAL ENROLLMENT
Dual Enrollment (DE) allows qualified students to enroll in college courses through local and state colleges and universities while still in high school.  Credit earned through DE can be used towards fulfillment of a high school graduation requirement and can also be used as college credit.  Students who qualify may enroll in a college course, and the tuition and textbook cost is waived. No transportation is available. Students can only take courses after regular school hours, in addition to the courses they are enrolled in at their high school. In order to qualify for dual enrollment, students must have a 3.0 unweighted grade point average (GPA) and meet all the college/university criteria for admission. All M-DCPS senior high schools offer DE opportunities.
What you need to know about Dual Enrollment
  • Requires a 3.00 unweighted Grade Point Average (GPA) to participate.
  • To participate, you must be a rising 10th Grade student.
  • Requires approval from parent/guardian, counselor and principal. The school is under no obligation to accept credit without it.
  • Grades for the courses will be posted on high school transcript independently of student’s choice.
  • Requires completion of all college or university admission requirements, including passing a placement test if required.
  • The Dual Enrollment course requested must meet a high school requirement and must fit into the overall postsecondary plan.
  • The course fee is waived by the college/university, and the District pays for the required books/materials.
  • Transportation to and from the college/university is the student’s responsibility.
  • Required return for all textbooks issued or else will be financially responsible to the high school.
  • Go to MDC’s Dual Enrollment website to learn all about dual enrollment and get your questions answered.http://www.mdc.edu/asa/dual_enrollment.asp
  • Go to FIU’s Dual Enrollment website to learn all about dual enrollment and get your questions answered.http://undergrad.fiu.edu/de/index.html
STUDENT-ATHLETES
Many of the hundreds of thousands of student-athletes in the state of Florida have the opportunity to advance to the next level and play sports at the college level. Below are some must-read items when it comes to qualifying to play college sports and how to proceed through eligibility centers.  Click on the links below to access this information.  There is also a link to a powerpoint from the NCAA titled ‘NCAA Standards’ at the bottom of this page.
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