Park City High

Graduation Requirements and Planning

Graduation Requirements

Read the full Park City School District Policy 9080—Graduation Requirements for greater detail. All promotion and graduation requirements are subject to PCSD Board of Education review and legislative mandates.

Credits are the units by which academic progress is measured. Students have the opportunity to earn 8 credits toward graduation each year of grades 9 through 12, for a potential grand total of 32 credits. Students earn .25 credit per quarter for each successfully completed class (letter grade of D- or better). Courses that award credit toward high school graduation are indicated in the course catalog by the department codes noted below in parentheses. Courses designated as no credit or NC do not award graduation credit.

Beginning with the Class of 2019, Park City High School graduates must successfully complete a total of 28 units of credit in grades 9 through 12. (For the Class of 2018 and earlier graduates, 26 total credits are required--6.5 units of Electives.)

28 Total Credits - Distribution Requirements:

  • 4.0 units of English/Language Arts (E)
  • 4.0 units of Social Studies (SS)
  • 3.0 units of Mathematics (M) to include Secondary Math I, II, and III, or successful completion of Calculus for College & Career ready status
  • 3.0 units of Science (S) to include at least one physical science and one life/biological science[1]
  • 2.0 units of Healthy Lifestyles (HL) to include 1.0 unit of Physical Education, 0.5 unit of Health, and 0.5 unit of Healthy Lifestyles elective[2]
  • 1.0 unit of Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • 0.5 unit of Digital Studies/Computer Technology (CT)
  • 1.5 units of Fine Arts (FA)
  • 0.5 unit of General Financial Literacy (FIN)
  • 8.5 units of Electives – all credit-earning courses in all departments can count toward Electives, including those coded Elective (EL) and World Language[3] (FL)

[1] Most colleges require 2-3 lab sciences for admission. Courses that meet the lab sciences requirement vary by school.

[2] Eleventh and twelfth grade students may choose to fulfill the required 0.5 HL elective credit by participation in Park City High School varsity athletic teams for two sport seasons.

[3] World Language courses are not required for graduation, but colleges may require a level II or III for admission.

Civics Exam:
Utah State Board Rule 53A-13-109.5 requires that ALL students pass a basic Civics exam for high school graduation. Park City High School students will be tested in their senior year U.S. Government class. Students opting to take the U.S. Government course online, or those who transfer in from other schools, will be required to attend a scheduled sitting of the exam in spring of their senior year.

Academic Seal of Distinction:
All PCHS graduates will be eligible for a "Board of Education Silver Academic Seal or Gold Academic Seal of Distinction" on their diploma. Students must meet additional eligibility requirements in grades 9-12 to qualify. For full qualification requirements, see section IV (Board Recognition) of PCSD Policy 9080--Graduation Requirements. Interested students must submit an initial Academic Seal Intent to Qualify Form and annual Verification of Community Service Forms. Contact the PCHS Scholarship Advisor, Kristin Silvestri, if you have questions.

Attention Athletes! - NCAA Eligibility:
If you plan to participate in athletics in college at the NCAA Division I or Division II level, you must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse. Your Counselor or the PCHS Athletic Director can provide you with information pertinent to eligibility requirements. However, it is your responsibility to be certain you meet all of the requirements. See the NCAA website for info:

Graduation Subject Requirements by Grade

Below is a typical student's pathway to graduation, based on a full schedule of 8.0 credits per year.

Freshmen–9th Grade:
1.0 Language Arts: English 9 or Honors English 9
1.0 Social Studies: Geography or AP Geography
1.0 Math: Secondary Math I or Honors Secondary Math I
1.0 Science: Earth Science or Biology
0.5 Participation Skills and Techniques (PE 9)
0.5 Digital Studies/Computer Technology
3.0 Electives

Sophomores–10th Grade:
1.0 Language Arts: English 10 or Honors English 10
1.0 Social Studies: World History or AP World History
1.0 Math: Secondary Math II or Honors Secondary Math II
1.0 Science: Biology or student choice
0.5 Fitness for Life (PE 10)
0.5 Health
3.0 Elective

Juniors–11th Grade:
1.0 Language Arts: English 11 or AP Language
1.0 Social Studies: U.S. History II or AP U.S. History
1.0 Math: Secondary Math III or Honors Secondary Math III
1.0 Science: Chemistry or student choice
0.5 Financial Literacy
0.5 Healthy Lifestyles class of student choice
3.0 Elective

Seniors–12th Grade:
1.0 Language Arts: English 12 or AP Literature
0.5 Social Studies: U.S. Government
0.5 Social Studies: Sociology, Psychology, or Economics
6.0 Elective
Civics Exam (in U.S. Government or a test session in spring)