Priority: Globally Competitive Students
Category: Miscellaneous Graduation Policies
Policy ID Number: GCS-L-007
Policy Title: North Carolina high School Diploma Endorsements
Current Policy Date: 03/06/2014
Other Historical Information: 05/02/2013
Administrative Procedures Act (APA) Reference Number and Category:
Students enrolled in North Carolina high schools shall have the opportunity to earn Endorsements to their High School Diploma beginning with the graduating class of 2014-2015 based on the following criteria:
I. Students shall meet all requirements set forth in State Board Policy GCS-N-004 “State Graduation Requirements” related to earning a high school diploma.
II. Endorsements identify a particular area of focused study for students. Students may earn a Career Endorsement, a College Endorsement, and/or a North Carolina Academic Scholars Endorsement.
III. The requirements for earning these endorsements are defined below:
a. Career Endorsement:
i. Except as limited by N.C.G.S. §115C-81(b), the student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Math I, II, III or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course aligned with the student’s post-secondary plans. Acceptable fourth math courses for the Career Endorsement include any math course that may be used to meet NC high school graduation requirements, including applied math courses found in the Career and Technical Education domain.
ii. The student shall complete a CTE concentration in one of the approved CTE Cluster areas (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/cte/curriculum/);
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
- Business, Management and Administration
- Education and Training
- Government and Public Administration
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
- Marketing, Sales and Service
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
iii. The student shall earn an unweighted grade point average of at least 2.6.
iv. The student shall earn at least one industry-recognized credential. Earned credentials can include Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) at the Silver level or above from WorkKeys assessments OR another appropriate industry credential/certification.
b. College Endorsement (2 options):
Option 1 – College Endorsement
i. The student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Math I, II, III or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course aligned with the students post-secondary plans. The fourth math course must meet University of North Carolina system Minimum Admission Requirements or be acceptable for earning placement in a credit-bearing college math class under the North Carolina Community College System’s Multiple Measures Placement policy.
ii. The student shall earn an unweighted grade point average of at least 2.6.
Option 2 – College/UNC Endorsement
iii. The student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Math I, II, III or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course that meets University of North Carolina system Minimum Admission Requirements which include a mathematics course with either Algebra II, Math III or Integrated Mathematics III as a pre-requisite;
iv. The student shall complete three units of science including at least one physical science, one biological science and one laboratory science course, which must include either physics or chemistry;
v. The student shall complete two units of a world language (other than English);
vi. Students shall earn a weighted grade point average of at least 2.5.
c. North Carolina Academic Scholars Endorsement:
i. Requirements for Academic Scholars program are set forth in State Board Policy GCS-L-003.
IV. Students may earn more than one Endorsement.
V. Students are not required to earn an Endorsement in order to receive a diploma.
History Note: Authority G. S. 115C-12(40)
Session Law 2013-1
Eff: June 2013