|English units (Std.)||4|
|Math units (Std.)||Smart Core: 4, incl. 1 unit each Algebra I, geometry and Algebra II. All students must take a math course in grades 11 or 12.|
Core: 4, incl. 1 unit each algebra or equivalent and geometry or equivalent. All math units must build on the base of algebra and geometry. A 2-year algebra equivalent or 2-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as 2 of the 4-unit requirement.
Notes/Citation: Smart Core: 4th unit chosen from Transitions to College Math, pre-calculus, calculus, Ttrigonometry, statistics, computer math, Algebra III or an Advanced Placement math.
|Social studies units (Std.)||3|
Eff. Class of 2014: 3 (see notes)
Notes/Citation: Pre-Class of 2014: Smart Core: Must include 1 unit each civics or civics/American government, world history and American history. Pre-Class of 2014 Core: Must include 1 unit each world history, U.S. history, .5 unit civics or government. Eff. Class of 2014 (both Smart Core and Core): 3 units, incl. 1 unit each of world history and U.S. history, .5 unit civics. .5 unit economics may count either toward 3 units social studies or toward 6 career focus elective credits.
|Science units (Std.)||Smart Core: 3 lab units|
Core: 3 units, incl. at least 1 unit each of biology or equivalent and a physical science
Notes/Citation: Smart Core: Must be chosen from physical Science, biology or applied biology/chemistry, chemistry, physics or Principles of Technology I & II or PIC Physics
|P.E./Health units (Std.)||1|
Notes/Citation: .5 unit each physical education and "health and safety". No more than 1 unit may be taken in p.e..
Notes/Citation: .5 unit fine arts
|Foreign language (Std.)||0|
|Electives units (Std.)||6|
Notes/Citation: Students must complete 6 units in "career focus" courses.
|Other units (Std.)||.5|
Notes/Citation: .5 unit "Oral Communications"
|TOTAL # units (Std.)||22|
|Other diploma options||State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State does not have policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.|
|Technical notes and citations (Std.)||All students must complete the "Smart Core" requirements unless parent/guardian waives student's participation, in which case the student will complete the "Core" requirements. |
Ark. Admin. Code 005.15.2-14.0
|Planning and Counseling Requirement|
|State requires student to adopt learning plan (not including career pathway requirements)||Yes. All students must complete the "Smart Core" requirements unless parent/guardian waives student's participation, in which case the student will complete the "Core" requirements.|
|Additional Coursework Options and Requirements|
|State has policy on early graduation||Yes. Any student who has earned the credits required by the local school district must "be eligible to graduate from the high school without regard to the grade level the student is enrolled in at the time such credits are earned."|
In addition, state board rules on days and hours of school attendance for students in grades 9-12 specify, "Nothing in these rules precludes a student who has met all graduation requirements from graduating early."
|State has policy allowing students to meet coursework requirements through proficiency||No|
|Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements||No|
|All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus||Yes. All students must complete 6 units in a career focus. All units in the career focus requirement must be established through guidance and counseling based on students' work aspirations.|
|Sources||Learning plan: Ark. Admin. Code 005.15.2-14.0|
Early graduation: ARK. CODE ANN. § 6-18-224; Code Ark. R. 005 19 017
Alignment: Arkansas: High school graduation requirements: Ark. Admin. Code 005.15.2-14.0; College admissions requirements: Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Core for Unconditional Admission
Major: Ark. Admin. Code 005.15.2-14.0