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: 05/02/2013
Other Historical Information:
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
- 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 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):
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).
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