Policy Manual

** Policy Identification
Priority:** Globally Competitive Students

** Policy Title:** North Carolina high School Diploma Endorsements

** Current Policy Date:** 05/02/2013

__Other Historical Information__:

__Statutory Reference__:

__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 one or more of the following endorsements: (i) Career Endorsement, (ii) College Endorsement, and/or (iii) 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 or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course aligned with the student’s post-secondary plans;

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

- Finance

- Government and Public Administration

- Health Science

- Hospitality and Tourism

- Human Services

- Information Technology

- Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

- Manufacturing

- Marketing, Sales and Service

- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

iii. The student shall earn a grade point average of at least 2.6 (unweighted).

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

i. The student shall complete the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course aligned with the students post-secondary plans; and

ii. The student shall earn a grade point average of at least 2.6 (unweighted).

Option 2

iii.
The student shall complete the
Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or
Integrated Math I, II, III and a fourth mathematics course that meets the
minimum admission requirements for UNC universities which include a mathematics
course with either Algebra II **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. Two units of world languages (other than English);

vi. Students shall earn a grade point average of at least 2.6 (unweighted).

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*