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Graduation Requirements: Part II

Final Exams

Final examinations are an important measure of student achievement and mastery of course content. They provide principals, school improvement teams, and others with an additional means of evaluating the success of the school's instructional program. They provide a measure of quality control, and are responsive to the increasing expectations of the public and the professional staff relative to accountability. Finally, experiences with locally developed final examinations can better prepare students for successful achievement in end-of-course examinations required for graduation.

 General Guidelines

  1. Final examinations must be completed in order to qualify for the awarding of high school course credit.
  2. All students will take a comprehensive final examination in all grade 9-12 subject areas. Exemptions: Students enrolled in high school courses who take college/national examinations at the immediate end of the course are exempt from final examinations. Their final course grade will be the cumulative grade in the course. Upon the recommendation of the teacher and approval of the principal other individual exemptions may occur.
  3. Final examination grades shall be averaged as part of the final course grade and shall count as 20% of the final course grade.
  4. Students who receive special education services are expected to successfully complete their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).Students who receive special education services in general education classes will take final examinations as required by the Individualized Education Plan.
  5. Final examinations shall be based on the contents of the entire course and evolve directly from the approved curriculum.
  6. An objective and/or essay test shall constitute a reasonable portion of the final examination grade in all courses. In addition, portfolios and other performance assessments, etc. may be included in the final examination. The assessment of subject knowledge of the student will incorporate methods appropriate to the state high school assessment and will cause him/her to exhibit higher level thinking skills associated with MSA/HSA and other current learning philosophies.
  7. Time shall be allocated in each course for a review prior to the final examination.
  8. Final examinations will be administered on a half-day basis for students scheduled at the end of the course and will not exceed two hours in length.
  9. The annual County school calendar will indicate the half days for students designated as EXAM DAYS, taking into account the differing schedules among the high schools.

Career Technical Programs

Worcester County Public Schools participates in articulation agreements with community colleges in various states. Students who earn a "B" or better in technical programs that have the content of their curriculum aligned with corresponding certificate and degree programs at the colleges may earn credit for the work they have completed in high school.

The following programs at Worcester Technical High School are articulated with Wor-Wic Community College:

  • Academy of Health Professionals
  • Agriculture Science
  • Business Management & Finance
  • Carpentry
  • Computer Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Services (EMT-B)
  • Manufacturing (CADD)

The programs at Worcester Technical High School have articulation agreements with colleges, unitversities, and trade schools such as:

  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Delaware Technical and Community College
  • Nashville Auto Diesel College
  • Penn State College of Technology
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • University of Northwestern Ohio

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program at Worcester Technical High School has articulation agreements with:

  • Delaware Technical and Community College
  • University of Northwestern Ohio

The Pre-Engineering/Project Lead the Way program and the Biomedical Science program in the STEM Academy have transcripted college credit agreements with Rochester Institute of Technology and Stevenson University, respectively.

Credit is awarded in all cases after a student is accepted into a program of study and is in good standing at the college.

Career and Technology Program Certificates

1.  Career and Technology Certificate (minimum of 24 credits)

Course           Credits

English...............4
Social Studies....3 (U.S. History, World History, & Local,State, National Government)
Science..............3
Mathematics......3
Fine Arts............1
Technology Ed...1
Physical Ed........1
Health/Family Life
Electives............3
Meet Service Learning requirements
Successful completion of an approved career and technology program

2.  Tech Prep Certificate (minimum of 26 credits at Level III or higher) To earn a Tech Prep Certificate, students must be enrolled in a program of studt that articulates college credit. The approved list of Tech Prep Programs appears below.

English...............4
Social Studies....3 (U.S. History, World History, & Local,State, National Government)
Science..............3
Mathematics......3
Fine Arts............1
World Lang........2
Technology Ed...1
Physical Ed........1
Health/Family Life
Electives............3
Meet Service Learning requirements
Successful completion of an approved Tech Prep program with a "B" or better average.

Approved Tech Programs

  • Academy of Health Professions
  • Agriculture Science
  • Automotive Technology
  • Biomedical Science/Project Lead the Way
  • Business Management and Finance
  • Computer Technology
  • Construction Technology
    - Carpentry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Services
  • Heating, Ventilation, AirConditioning, and Refrigeration
  • Interactive MEdia Production
  • Pre-Engineering/Project Lead the Way

Other Considerations

  1. Each student must be enrolled for credit in at least four mahor subjects each year. The major subjects are English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, World Language, Business or an approved CTE program. A work study student must be enrolled in four classes. Two of those four classes must be major subjects.
  2. Credits earned prior to entering high school may count as meeting minimum requirements or credits.

Transfer Credits

The Worcester County Public Schools will accept transfer credits from public or private high schools that are state accredited if the courses are consistent with the County's offerings. In the case of a transfer from a non-accredited high school, the superintendent shall determine by an evaluation whether or not credits earned will be accepted. This evaluation may include the administration of tests, the use of interviews, inspection of transcripts, report cards and other documentation.

In order to receive a Maryland High School Diploma, a student must be in attendance at a WorcesterCounty high school for one full semester preceding graduation in addition to meeting other diploma requirements. Students who meet all the graduation requirements and transfer from another Maryland public high school will have the option of graduating from either high school by agreement of the respective superintendents

School-To-Careers Program

Through Tech Prep programs of study and traditional Work Study opportunities, school-to-career activities expand learning outside the school walls to prepare students for the world of work, post secondary education, or both after high school. Students who participate in Tech Prep programs of study combine courses in specific career and technology areas with a rigorous academic curriculum that prepares them to continue their students after graduation in two or four year institutions of higher learning.

Partnerships with area business, industry, and governmental agencies prepare students by providing opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, job shawing, and paid work experiences. Students recommended by their instructors may elect to spend part of the school day in paid work experiences in an area related to their technical studies. These placements are supervised by the school system. Students may receive up to nine elective credits toward graduation requirements through work-based experiences