Park City High School
Park City High School

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 – see below for College & Career Ready mathematics competency requirements
  • 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 (CT) –see below
  • 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.


College and Career Readiness Mathematics Competency:

To be considered College and Career Ready, a student pursuing a college degree after graduation shall show math competency, which includes completion of Secondary Math I, II, and III, and at least one of the following:
– a score of 26+ on the mathematics portion of the ACT exam;
– a score of 640+ on the mathematics portion of the SAT exam; or
– a score of 3+ on an AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or AP Statistics exam;
– a “C” grade in a concurrent enrollment math course that satisfies a state system of higher education quantitative literacy requirement (Math 1030, 1040, 1050, or 1060); or
– take a full year mathematics course during the student’s senior year of high school.

Digital Studies:
The state’s Digital Studies requirement for graduation is intended to advance students from being computer users to being computationally literate creators.  The state has approved the following six courses to meet this requirement:  Exploring Computer Science (offered at TMJH and PCHS), Computer Programming 1 (offered at PCHS), Computer Science Principles (offered at PCHS), Business Office Specialist, Digital Business Applications, or Web Development 1.  (Computer Technology meets the requirement only if taken before or during the 2017-18 school year.)

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 your Counselor 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: NCAA.org.

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 the spring)
Full-year Math course recommended for College & Career Readiness

College and Career Ready Plan

Park City High School Counselors implement a yearly College and Career Ready (CCR) program in which they counsel and map out each student’s high school graduation plan, based on their post-secondary goals and ambitions.

Sophomore Timeline:
December: Classroom CCR presentation in Social Studies
April-May: Individual CCR meeting with student and counselor

Junior Timeline:
December: Classroom CCR presentation in Social Studies
January-March: Individual CCR meeting with student, parents and counselor (notice will go out to parents when it’s time to schedule these appointments)

Senior Timeline:
September: Classroom CCR presentation in English classes
September-October: Individual CCR meeting with student and counselor

Academic Pathways:

You will find copies of the Math Pathways and Science Offerings Charts on the PCHS Course Catalog page and in the back pages of the downloadable Course Catalog PDF.

Naviance and Family Connection:

Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. Family Connection offers innovative, easy-to-use web applications for high school students and their parents. Family Connection will help guide students’ academic and career choices, as well as providing you with opportunities of self-exploration, college research, resume building, and more. Students will use Family Connection as part of the College and Career Readiness curriculum provided by the school counselors in grades 8-12. Access the PCHS Naviance Family Connection via connection.naviance.com/parkcityhigh. Students use their laptop login to access Naviance. Parents will be able register via an access code.

PCHS Grading Standard

The student’s grade point average (GPA) is calculated on a quarterly basis.  The GPA is determined by converting letter grades to a numerical grade point value.

A (93%) = 4.0
A- (90%) = 3.7
B+ (87%) = 3.3
B (83%) = 3.0
B- (80%) = 2.7
C+ (77%) = 2.3
C (73%) = 2.0
C- (70%) = 1.7
D+ (67%) = 1.3
D (63%) = 1.0
D- (60%) = 0.7
F (0-59%) = 0.0

Advanced Placement (AP) courses earning a letter grade of C- or better will have an enhanced (weighted) cumulative GPA of +.0125 per quarter, per AP class.  Honors courses are not weighted.

Not all classes earn a letter grade.  The following grade designations are excluded from the GPA: Pass (P), No Grade (NG), No Credit (NC), Incomplete (I), Withdraw-Pass (WP) and Withdraw-Fail (WF).

How to Calculate GPA:

Total the grade points for all classes that earn a letter grade (A-F), then divide the total by the number of classes earning a letter grade.  The GPA is rounded to the nearest thousandth (x.xxx).  Here are some examples:

Student has 8 grade-earning classes:
3.7 + 4.0 + 3.7 + 3.3 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.3 = 27.0 total / 8 classes = 3.375 GPA

Student has 8 grade-earning classes, including one AP class that earned a B+:
3.7 + 4.0 + 3.7 + 3.3 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.3 = 27.0 total / 8 classes = 3.375 (Simple GPA) + .0125 = 3.388 (Weighted GPA)

Student has 7 grade-earning classes, and one class that is graded as Pass (P):
3.7 + 4.0 + 3.7 + 3.3 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.0 = 23.7 total / 7 classes = 3.386 GPA

PCHS Honor Roll:

Honor Roll is calculated quarterly after grades are initially stored, based on the simple quarter GPA (not weighted).
High Honor Roll = 3.70 – 4.00 GPA
Honor Roll = 3.50 – 3.69 GPA

Transfer Grades and Outside Credits:

Park City High School is obligated to accept high school credits from other educational institutions reflecting the appropriate accreditation.  When in doubt, verify with AdvancED (advanc-ed.org) or your Counselor.  An official transcript or information from the school should reflect the accrediting agency.  Park City High School reserves the right to deny credits that have not been properly approved.

Grades and credits from other accredited schools are added to the student’s Park City High School Official Transcript under the year and quarter in which they are completed and with the letter grade and/or percent as awarded by the other school.  Transfer grades are calculated into the student’s GPA using the Park City High School grade point values (see the PCHS Grading Standard).  Park City High School adds GPA weight for qualifying AP course grades only (Honors and IB are not weighted).

Credit Remediation:

Students who receive F’s (0 credit) in any of their core graduation requirement classes (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, etc.) must make up those failed quarter grades in order to graduate.  The Park City Learning Academy provides opportunities for credit remediation after school and may provide remediation opportunities during the summer break.  Students may also remediate credits through accredited online courses.  Students should meet with their Counselor to learn about remediation options that may best suit their needs.

Grade Replacement Policy:

The Park City Board of Education acknowledges that students in grades 9-12 might desire or be required to repeat a course for various reasons.  The three primary reasons to repeat a course include: students who have previously failed a course and repeat it to earn credit (remediation); students who enroll in additional units of credit to further their understanding and skills (i.e. band or journalism); and students who repeat an entire course to improve their grade.  For information and specific requirements, speak with your Counselor and refer to PCSD Policy 10036–Grade Replacement Policy for Grades 9-12.

Online Courses (Outside Credits)

***Students and parents should discuss their plans and outside credit options with their Counselor BEFORE taking ANY online/outside courses for credit.

There are a lot of options for online learning these days, and there are many important factors to consider, so make sure you are choosing the right online program.  Your Counselor can help you find the right program for your needs, but ultimately, all decisions regarding the selection and completion of outside credit courses are the responsibility of the student and parents.

“I’ve heard that online classes are easier than regular classes.”  Actually, online classes tend to be more difficult to complete than live classes.  There is more responsibility on the student to perform as the teacher is not in regular proximity to provide live encouragement.  Successful online students need to be motivated and self-disciplined.

Attention Athletes!  If you plan to participate in athletics in college at the NCAA Division I or Division II level, it is your responsibility to make sure the online classes you choose meet NCAA eligibility requirements.  Talk to your Counselor and see the NCAA website: NCAA.org.

How are online courses added to your PCHS official transcript?  Park City High School is obligated to accept high school credits from other educational institutions reflecting the appropriate accreditation.  When in doubt, verify with AdvancED (advanc-ed.org) or your Counselor.  An official transcript or information from the school should reflect the accrediting agency.  Park City High School reserves the right to deny credits that have not been properly approved.  Grades and credits from other accredited schools are added to the student’s Park City High School Official Transcript under the year and quarter in which they are completed and with the letter grade and/or percent as awarded by the other school.  Transfer grades are calculated into the student’s GPA using the Park City High School grade point values (see the PCHS Grading Standard).  Park City High School adds GPA weight for qualifying AP course grades only (Honors and IB are not weighted).

Utah Students Connect:

Utah Students Connect (USC) is a consortium of Utah School Districts that provides innovative, quality online curriculum that was developed by highly qualified Utah teachers who also teach the course, and is written to the Utah Core.  Available to students in grades 9-12, you must be enrolled in one of the participating school districts to register for a course through USC.  Courses are offered by quarter credit and adhere to a term schedule. Students can enroll for original credit or credit recovery.  There’s no cost during the school year, but fees do apply for credit recovery and summer term.  Visit utahstudentsconnect.org for information, and to register for USC online courses, see your Counselor.