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High School Curriculum Handbook 2023-24

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Georgia Graduation Requirements

Below are the current graduation requirements for Georgia public high school students who enter ninth grade for the first time in the 2008-2009 and subsequent school years. In order to meet graduation requirements, it is important to seek guidance from counselors, advisors and instructors regarding course selection and sequencing on an annual basis.


Areas of Study


I.  English/Language Arts


II.  Math


III.  *Science


IV.  Social Studies


V.  **Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE), and/or Modern Language/Latin, and/or Fine Arts


VI.  Health & Physical Education


Electives (4 units)




* The 4th science unit may be used to meet both the science and elective requirement.

** Students must complete three units in a pathway to complete a CTAE pathway and take an end of pathway assessment. Students interested in attending a University System of Georgia college/university must complete two years of the same foreign language to be admissible as a freshman.


Course Placement Guidelines

The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) believes that every student should be informed prior to making course selection decisions.  For this reason, a list of CCSD course offerings and standard sequencing is provided to assist students and parents/guardians in making the high school experience pleasant, informative and, most importantly, successful. 

Initial placements for rising 9th grade students are determined using a data-based rubric tied to grades, Milestone assessment data and current middle school course placement.  Schools are able to make adjustments to the data-based rubric results, but all placement decisions are at the final discretion of the school administration.

Teachers of pre-requisite core courses (English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) are responsible for making appropriate course recommendations for the next school year.  Teachers in World Languages, CTAE, Fine Arts and Physical Education courses are also able to make recommendations for courses within those elective areas.  In making recommendations, teachers are encouraged to consider student interests, overall course load and placement guidelines.  Schools should review and share data with students and parents/guardians regarding student performance and student behaviors that indicate overall student success in advanced courses.

In determining placement for students who fall short of the criteria, overall aptitude demonstrated by the preponderance of evidence from past academic performance and teacher feedback should be considered, always bearing in mind what is in the best interest of the student.

CCSD Course Offerings