MAHS Promotion & Graduation Requirements

HS student readingAll students in grades 9-12 are required to carry at least 6.5 credits unless after consultation with the principal, guidance counselor, and teachers, it is deemed advisable for a student to carry fewer subjects. A student will not be permitted to drop a subject without the consent of his/her parents and guidance counselor (See Student & Parent Handbook: Drop/Add Policy). Students who withdraw from a course after the initial schedule revision period, will receive the grade they have earned in the course at that time and a notation of "withdrew passing" or "withdrew failing" added to their records. No credit will be given for that course.

A failing student must have remained in the course the entire school year if they wish to get credit in summer school. Only two (2) subjects may be taken, either in summer school or by tutoring. Students being tutored or going to summer school must have the approval of the principal. Before enrolling, the school or tutor must be approved by the Middletown Area School District. Upon Satisfactory completion of a failed subject, the final grade originally received will remain the same; however, credit will be given for the failed course.

Students must successfully complete prerequisite courses in order to enroll in advanced courses. Required subjects, which are needed by students for the next highest classification, are to be given priority over elective subjects and will be scheduled first. Students must repeat all required subjects not previously completed with a satisfactory average. The required average is 60%.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from high school, a student shall demonstrate achievement of the student learning outcomes through the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 22.25 credits. See Board Policy #217 and review with guidance counselor as needed for detailed and current information.

Students must successfully complete a required senior project prior to graduation and achieve "proficiency" as defined by the PA Department of Education.

In accordance with Chapter 14 regulations (relating to course completion and diplomas) an identified student who satisfactorily completes a special program developed by the Individualized Education Program team shall be granted a regular high school diploma regardless of number of established credits earned or senior project described.

Course completion and credit may be granted for independent study, state or local district assessments, correspondence courses from accredited colleges and universities, college based courses taught at the college campus, or other educational experience deemed acceptable by an academic committee consisting of the high school principal, guidance counselor and director of Student Services. Students also have the option of requesting accelerated graduation consideration in accordance with School Board Policy #217.

Act 158 Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2023 and Beyond

Students who will graduate from high school in 2023 and beyond now have options to meet the statewide graduation requirement established by Act 158.

Act 158 of 2018 (Act 158), which was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on October 24, 2018, expands upon the options that students have for meeting Pennsylvania’s graduation requirements. While Act 158 maintains that students will still be required to take the Keystone Exams for federal accountability purposes, students may not be required to achieve proficiency on the Keystone Exams in order to graduate, as long as they meet the requirements set forth by one of the following defined options.

These options, which are outlined below, apply to students who will graduate in 2023 and beyond.

OPTION 1: KEYSTONE PROFICIENCY PATHWAY
Student must earn a proficient or advanced score on all three Keystone Exams: Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.

OPTION 2: KEYSTONE COMPOSITE PATHWAY
Student must earn a composite score of 4452 on the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams. Student must also earn a proficient or advanced score on at least one of the three exams. The student may not earn a Below Basic score on either of the other two exams.

OPTION 3: ALTERNATE ASSESSMENT PATHWAY
Student must earn a passing grade in the course(s) associated with each Keystone Exam on which the student did not earn at a proficient or advanced score. These courses include: Algebra I, 10th grade English Language Arts, and biology. Student must also achieve one of the following:

  • Attainment of an established score on an approved alternate assessment (SAT, PSAT, ACT, ASVAB);
    SAT: 1010
    PSAT: 970
    ACT: 21
    ASVAB: the minimum score required for admittance to the armed services branch during the year the student graduates
    Gold Level on the ACT WorkKeys Assessment;
  • Attainment of at least a ‘3’ score on an Advanced Placement Program exam in an academic content area associated with each Keystone Exam on which the student did not achieve a proficient or advanced score;
  • Successful completion of a concurrent enrollment course (ex. college-in-high school course) in an academic content area associated with each Keystone Exam in which the student did not achieve at least a proficient score;
  • Successful completion of a pre-apprenticeship program; or
  • Acceptance in an accredited 4-year nonprofit institution of higher education and evidence of the ability to enroll in college-level coursework.

OPTION 4: EVIDENCE BASED PATHWAY
Student must earn a passing grade in the course(s) associated with each Keystone Exam that a proficient or advanced score was not earned. These courses include: Algebra I, 10th grade English Language Arts, and biology. Student must also demonstrate three pieces of evidence consistent with the student’s goals and career plans, including:

  • One of the following:
    • Attainment of an established score on the ACT WorkKeys assessment (Silver Level), a SAT subject test (score of 630), an Advanced Placement Program Exam (score of 3);
    • Acceptance to an accredited nonprofit institution of higher education other than a 4-year institution and evidence of the ability to enroll in college-level coursework;
    • Attainment of an industry-recognized credential; or
    • Successful completion of a concurrent enrollment or postsecondary course; and
  • Two additional pieces of evidence, including one or more of the options listed above, or: satisfactory completion of a service learning project; attainment of a score of proficient or advanced on a Keystone Exam; a letter guaranteeing full-time employment; a certificate of successful completion of an internship or cooperative education program; or satisfactory compliance with the NCAA's core courses for college-bound student athletes with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

OPTION 5: CTE PATHWAY
Students, who are Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators, must earn a passing grade in the course(s) associated with each Keystone Exam on which a proficient or advanced score was not earned. These courses include: Algebra I, 10th grade English Language Arts, and biology. Student must also attain an industry-based competency certification related to the CTE Concentrator's program of study or demonstration of a high likelihood of success on an approved industry-based competency assessment or readiness for continued meaningful engagement in the CTE Concentrator's program of study. For further explanation of the CTE Pathway, please see PDE’s Act 6 guidance.

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Senior Project

PRIDE for Life, the senior project, consists of a series of career development activities in grades 9-12. A written Career Action Plan and a career portfolio culminate this project. A short presentation of the plan is given to faculty members. The portfolios will be housed in the counseling office and returned to seniors upon graduation. All graduating seniors must complete all items in their career portfolio, including their written Career Action Plan to be considered a candidate for graduation.

The Physically Challenged Adaptive Fitness Program

Students in need of an alternate program to meet physical education requirements must submit a doctor's note concerning a medical condition. Adaptive fitness programs will be developed on a case by case basis.

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