Thursday, October 19, 2017
 

Course of Study

The Arizona Academic Scholars Course of Study is built upon the requirements of the federal grant awarded under the Center for State Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education in November, 2004. The 2013 course of study has been updated to reflect the increased high school graduation requirements passed by the Arizona State Board of Education. This course of study reflects the rigor which both national and state education and business leaders have determined are necessary for success in both post-secondary education and the workplace of the 21st century.

CourseHigh SchoolArizona State University*Academic Scholars Graduating
2012 or Before2013 or After
English4 credits (1/2 credit of speech and debate allowed)4 credits (only literature and composition courses)4 credits (English I through IV)4 credits (English I through IV)
Math2 credits4 credits (through advanced math)3 credits including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II
(4 credits of math is encouraged)
4 credits including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a higher level math with Algebra II or equivalent as a prerequisite**
Science2 credits3 credits lab science (one unit each in 3 of four areas: biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science)3 total credits with 1 credit in each of 3 different disciplines including Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Physics preferred, AZ university system-approved Lab Science or Earth Science accepted*)3 total credits with 1 credit in each of 3 different disciplines including Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Physics preferred, AZ university system-approved Lab Science or Earth Science accepted*)
Social Studies2 1/2 credits (US and Arizona government, world history/geography)2 credits3 credits including Geography, World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government/Civics and Economics3 credits including Geography, World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government/Civics and Economics
LanguageNone2 credits2 credits of the same language other than English2 credits of the same language other than English
Fine Arts/Career and Technical Education (CTE)1 credit fine arts or vocational education1 credit of fine artsN/A2 credits from either fine arts and/or CTE
* Lab Science or Earth Science may not qualify for the Academic Competitiveness Grant for Pell qualified recipients
** Equivalent as approved by ADE
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