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Park City High School

Graduation Requirements

Refer to 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 state legislative mandates.

Credits are the units by which academic progress is measured. Full-time 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 0.25 credit per quarter for each successfully completed class (letter grade of D- or better, or P). Courses that award credit toward high school graduation are indicated in the course catalog.

A Park City High School Diploma requires successful completion of a total of 28 units of credit, earned in grades 9 through 12 and distributed in the following subject areas:

  • 4.0 English Language Arts:
    • 1.0 English 9
    • 1.0 English 10
    • 2.0 English 11, 12, AP or Concurrent Enrollment
  • 3.0 Mathematics:
    • 1.0 Secondary Math 1
    • 1.0 Secondary Math 2
    • 1.0 Secondary Math 3
    • To be College & Career Ready, see the mathematics competency recommendation below.
  • 3.0 Science:
    • 2.0 full-year foundational sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Physics)
    • 1.0 foundational or applied/advanced science
  • 4.0 Social Studies:
    • 1.0 World Geography
    • 1.0 World History
    • 1.0 U.S. History 2
    • 0.5 U.S. Government & Citizenship
    • 0.5 Social Studies elective
  • 0.5 Digital Studies (see below)
  • 0.5 Financial Literacy
  • 2.0 Healthy Lifestyles:
    • 0.5 Participation Skills & Techniques (PE 9)
    • 0.5 Fitness for Life (PE 10)
    • 0.5 Health Education 2
    • 0.5 Individualized Lifetime Activities (PE 11-12) (may be fulfilled by participation in school-sanctioned athletics, .25 per season per sport, in grades 11-12 only)
  • 1.0 Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • 1.5 Fine Art
  • 8.5 Elective (all credit-earning courses in all subjects can count towards Electives)

World Language courses are not required for graduation, but some colleges may require up to a level 2 or 3 for admissions. World Language courses count toward a student's Elective requirement.

A 24-credit Park City School District diploma is an option when developed with a counselor and parent through the Planning for College & Career Readiness process. The District diploma meets Utah state graduation requirements as enumerated in USBE Rule R277-700, and is 1.0 Social Studies and 3.0 Elective credits less than the Park City High School diploma.

Civics Exam Requirement:
To graduate from high school, Utah law requires that students pass a basic Civics Exam.  At Park City High School, Seniors take the exam in their U.S. Government class.  Students can take the exam as many times as needed, and it does not impact GPA.  Students who take their U.S. Government class online or at another school will be required to attend a scheduled sitting of the exam during their senior year, unless they can provide official documentation of having passed the exam, such as a notation on an official transcript.  (USBE Rule R277-700-8)

Digital Studies Requirement:
Utah’s Digital Studies graduation requirement is intended to advance students from being computer users to being computationally literate creators. The state has approved the following courses to meet this requirement:
- Exploring Computer Science
- Computer Programming 1
- Computer Science Principles/AP Computer Science Principles
- Web Development 1
- Business Office Specialist
- Digital Business Applications
In the Park City School District, this requirement is typically met in 9th grade at TMJH.  (USBE Rule R277-700-6)

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 1, 2, and 3, and at least one of the following:
- a score of 26+ on the math portion of the ACT exam;
- a score of 640+ on the math portion of the SAT exam;
- a score of 3+ on an AP Calculus or AP Statistics exam;
- a score of 5+ on an IB higher level math exam;
- a “C” average 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 math course during senior year of high school.
(USBE Rule R277-700-9)

Attention Athletes! – NCAA Eligibility:
If you plan to participate in NCAA Division I, II, or III athletics in college, you must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse. See our NCAA Eligibility page or for information. Your Counselor or the PCHS Athletic Director can provide you with information pertinent to eligibility requirements, including eligible core courses, but it is ultimately your responsibility to be certain you meet all the requirements.