• Clarke Central High School

    Graduation Requirements

    In order to graduate from Clarke Central High School, a student must earn 24 credits.  A passing grade in a yearlong class equals one credit.

    The required 24 credits for graduation must breakdown as follows (click here for the complete CCSD Graduation Checklist):

    • 4 English credits
    • 4 math credits
    • 4 science credits
    • 4 social studies credits
    • 1 Health/PE credit
    • 3 CTAE and/or Foreign Language and/or Fine Arts credits
    • 4 electives


    Frequently Asked Questions

    My son has earned 24 credits.  Can he graduate early?

    • A student must successfully meet all requirements for graduation as set by the GA Department of Education and the CCSD Board Of Education.  Please refer to the graduation checklist on the back for a complete list of requirements for Clarke Central High School.  Students who meet graduation requirements early may submit a request for early graduation through their school counselor. Requests must be approved by the CCHS principal and CCSD superintendent.

    Can a student earn more than 24 credits?

    • Yes.  On our current schedule, students can earn up to 7 credits a year (28 credits over 4 years).  Most students will graduate having surpassed the minimum number of credits.

    My daughter entered her freshman year with 3 high school credits from middle school.  How does this affect her graduation?

    • Many students enter high school with foreign language, science, and/or math credits they earned in 8th grade.  These earned credits allow students to pursue additional electives in high school. They also make it easier for students to earn college credit through dual enrollment, additional AP coursework, and/or at the Career Academy during their junior and senior years.

    What are career and academic pathways?

    • Career and academic pathways are completed at either Clarke Central or the Career Academy.  They are a series of courses within a content area which prepare students for either a specific career or college major.  For more information on pathways, visit http://bit.ly/2PjPXVk

    What are AP classes?

    • Advanced Placement classes are introductory college-level courses taught at the high school.  At the end of the course, students take an AP exam which determines if they will earn college credit.  AP classes are valuable preparation for college whether or not the student passes the AP exam. AP courses count towards a student’s high school credits as either an elective or an equivalent content credit (eg. AP Language = Lit/Comp 11, AP US History = US History).

    What about the Career Academy?

    • The Athens Community Career Academy is a partnership between the Clarke County School District, Athens Technical College, and the University of Georgia.  At ACCA, students have the opportunity to take core academic college courses, enroll in career-themed college certification programs, and participate in unique internships.  Credits earned at ACCA count towards high school graduation requirements. For more information, visit www.clarke.k12.ga.us/acca