Graduation Requirements and 4-Year Planning

A student must earn a minimum of 43 credits as specified in the table below to be eligible for an OPRFHS diploma. A credit is granted for any credit-bearing semester course in which a student earns a passing grade. A student must enroll in at least 4 full-credit courses per semester to be considered a full-time student. Requirements may be altered for Special Education students according to the provisions of their Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Summer field courses may not be used to satisfy any specific graduation requirement; they may be used only to satisfy the elective requirement.

4-Year Graduation Requirements
Subject # of Credits Comments
English 8 credits State requirement
Mathematics 6 credits State requirement - 2 algebra credits, 2 geometry credits, and 2 other math credits
Science 4 credits State requirement - 2 credits must be in a laboratory science
History 4 credits State requirement - 2 world history credits and 2 american history credits
Civics 1 credit  State requirement beginning with the class of 2020
World Lang/Culture 1 credit  
Fine/Performing Arts  1 credit  
Applied Arts 1 credit  
Computer Proficiency 1 credit  
Consumer Education 1 credit State requirement
Driver Ed/Safety Ed 1 credit Students who do not receive Driver Ed. credit but satisfy the state requirement of 30 hours of Safety Ed. in the classroom must earn 1 additional elective credit. 
Health Education 1 credit State requirement - Health Education is taken during the freshman year at OPRFHS as part of the freshman year core P.E. program
Physical Education 6 credits Students who do not receive Driver Ed. credit but satisfy the state requirement of 30 hours of Safety Ed. in the classroom must earn 1 additional elective credit.  Health Education 1 credit Health education is taken during the freshmen year at OPRFHS as part of the freshmen year core P.E. program - State requirement Physical Education 6 credits
Electives 7 credits May be increased due to reasons described above. 
TOTAL 43 Credits  

SAT Exam. The state requires students to take the SAT to receive a diploma. (See State Tests section of this catalog.)

Writing-Intensive Courses: 4 credits: Two credits of writing-intensive coursework must be earned in English, and the other 2 credits may be earned in English or in any other subject in a course deemed writing intensive. The total number of credits required for graduation is not increased by the writing-intensive course requirement. All English courses are deemed writing intensive.
Courses that satisfy the World Languages/Culture requirement:  All World Languages courses except Etymology; the following History Division courses: Global Studies, Asian Studies, African History, Latin American History, Modern Middle Eastern History A, and AP European History.
Courses that satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts requirement: All Visual Arts, Music, and Theatre/Broadcasting courses.
Courses that satisfy the Applied Arts requirement:  All Family and Consumer Science, Technology and Engineering, and Business Education courses except Financial Literacy. Computer Applications, and Computer Applications A  satisfy the Applied Arts requirement only if the student has met the Computer Proficiency requirement by successfully completing Applied Keyboarding/Introductory Microsoft Office.
Courses that satisfy EITHER the Fine and Performing Arts requirement OR the Applied Arts requirement: Introduction to Broadcasting, Radio/Sound Production, Television Production, Newscene, Theatre Technology and Design, Tabula/Photo Design Publication, Directing Workshop.
Courses that satisfy the Computer Proficiency requirement: Applied Keyboarding/Introductory Microsoft Office, Computer Applications, Computer Applications A, AP Computer Science Principles, Student Helpdesk Internship.      [updated 11/11/16].

Using the structure of an 8-period day (7 classes plus lunch), students should list the courses they plan to take at each grade level and in each subject area to satisfy graduation and college admissions requirements.

4-Year Graduation Plan
(# cr = grad requirement)
Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 3 Sem 4 Sem 5 Sem 6 Sem 7 Sem 8
English (8 cr)                
Math (6 cr)                
Science (4 cr)                
History (4 cr)                
Civics (1 cr)                
World Lang/Culture (1 cr)                
Fine/Performing Arts (1 cr)                
Applied Arts (1 cr)                
Computer Proficiency (1 cr)                
Consumer Education (1 cr)                
Driver Ed./Safety Ed. (1 cr)                
Health Education (1 cr)                
Physical Education (6 cr)                
Electives (7 cr)                
Study Hall                
Summer School                


Students planning to attend college should be aware that college admissions requirements may differ from and often exceed the requirements for graduating from high school. Though admissions requirements vary among colleges and universities, students planning to attend college should consider the following recommendations:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of Math
  • Three years of History/Social Science
  • Three years of Laboratory Science
  • Two years of a World Language

Counselors discuss college admissions requirements along with academic demands as they help students identify colleges and universities to which they would like to apply. Students will find specific admissions information  on college websites. In addition to a student’s specific high school courses and credits, other principal factors in considering an applicant for admission to college include

  • The rigor or difficulty of a student’s high school program
  • High school grades
  • Test results, including the ACT, SAT, and Advanced Placement tests
  • Personal qualities, such as motivation, enthusiasm for learning, social adjustment, emotional, maturity, integrity, responsibility, special aptitudes and skills, achievement, and leadership
  • Co-curricular activities and athletic participation, which demonstrate involvement in the life of the school and/or the community