Graduation Requirements

  • CURRICULUM DATA 

     

     

    A minimum of 24 credits are required for graduation from FCHS. 

    Eight semesters are recommended for completion of this requirement.  

     

    U.S. History…………………….....…….2 semesters                             1 credit

    Consumer Education¹………………..1 semester                              ½ credit

    U.S. Government……………………....1 semester                              ½ credit

    Contemporary U.S. History.........1 semester                              ½ credit

    English……………………………............8 semesters (4 years)               4 credits

    Math..………………………….....……..... 6 semesters (3 years)               3 credits

    Must include Algebra 1 and a geometry course.

    Science……………………………….........4 semesters (2 years)                2 credits

    Health………………………………...........1 semester                               ½ credit

    Driver Education (Classroom)…....1/2 semester                         

    Senior Seminar……………………..…...1 semester                                ½ credit

    Physical Education.....................7 semesters                               3½ years³

    Electives……………………………..........16 semesters (8 credits) 

    These are selected by a student upon advice from their advisor or counselor.  Class selections should be based on interests, aptitudes, and meeting various college requirements.

     

    ¹This requirement can be met by any of the following courses: Economics (which also counts as a social studies credit for college admission), Adult Living, Agricultural Business & Management, or Business & Technology Concepts

    ²May be excused or substituted in accordance with ISBE statute # 5/27/6, which includes an exemption for participation in Marching Band. Students not participating in Physical Education class must  have a Physical Education Waiver Form on file with the guidance office.

     

     

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS TO ILLINOIS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

     (Junior Colleges such as SWIC are not included in this category)

     

    The Board of Higher Education has established state-wide minimum admission standards for public colleges and universities in Illinois.  The following high school subjects will be required of all freshman and junior college transfers entering any public 4 year college or university:

     

     

    # in years

         4 English (emphasizing written and oral communications and literature)

         3 Social Studies (emphasizing History and Government)

         3 Mathematics (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, & Geometry)

         3 Science (Laboratory Sciences)

         2 Foreign language (must be the same language, i.e. Spanish 1 & 2), music, Fine Arts,

           or selected Vocational Education courses***

     

     

    ***Vocational Education courses should be the type that include and encourage study skills, and appropriate courses that help you prepare for college or university learning.  

     

    As many college departments differ in their specific requirements for admission to a specific program, it is important that the student consult the appropriate department to determine any admission requirement for that program and for advise regarding recommended high school courses.

     

    Athletes hoping to compete for college athletic scholarships must have completed 16 core (academic) classes with a minimum “C” average and have a total of 68 on the ACT subtest scores in order to be eligible for Division 1 and Division II scholarships.