NJ State Minimum* Graduation Requirements by Content Area and Grade 9 Class Course and credit requirements for all students entering grade 9 in:

**Class of 2013 students are required for all of the following except 2.5 credits in Financial, Economic Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy

 2012-2013  2016-2017
LANGUAGE ARTS LITERACY  20 credits aligned to grade nine through 12 standards
 MATHEMATICS  15 credits including algebra I and geometry or the content equivalent**  15 credits including algebra I and geometry or the content equivalent* and a third year of math that builds on the concepts and skills of algebra and geometry and prepares students for college and 21st century careers
 SCIENCE  15 credits including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent** and one additional laboratory/ inquiry-based science course which shall include chemistry, environmental science, or physics 15 credits including at least five credits in laboratory biology/life science or the content equivalent**; an additional laboratory/inquiry-based science course including chemistry, environmental science, or physics; and a third laboratory/inquiry-based science course
SOCIAL STUDIES 15 credits including satisfaction of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and 2; five credits in world history; and the integration of civics, economics, geography and global content in all course offerings
FINANCIAL, ECONOMIC BUSINESS, AND ENTREPRENEURIAL LITERACY 2.5 credits
HEALTH, SAFETY, AND  PHYSICAL EDUCATION 3 ¾ credits in health, safety, and physical education during each year of enrollment, distributed as 150 minutes per week, as required by N.J.S.A. 18A:35-5, 7 and 8
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS 5 credits
WORLD LANGUAGES 5 credits or student demonstration of proficiency
TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY Consistent with the Core Curriculum Content Standards, integrated throughout the curriculum
21ST CENTURY LIFE AND CAREERS, OR CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION 5 credits

130 hours of service over 4 years

TOTAL CREDITS (State Minimum) 120