4.5 credits English
3.0 credits Mathematics
3.0 credits Science (Must successfully complete three (3) full-year Science courses: biology, chemistry and physics)
4.0 credits Social Studies
2.0 credits Arts or Humanities or both
0.5 credit Health
2.0 credits Physical Education
5.0 credits Electives
0.5 credit Graduation Project
1.0 credit PSSA
Arts and Humanities courses are taught by the following departments: Art, English (elective), Modern Languages, Family and Consumer Sciences, Industrial Technology, Music, Social Studies (elective).
The previously listed courses are the required courses necessary for graduation. Should a student fail any of these required courses, they must be repeated either in summer school, if available, or the following academic year in order for a student to remain on schedule to receive a Norwin High School Diploma. Students who take summer school courses will receive a passing grade (60%) on their transcript.
Graduation from Norwin High School will be based on the successful completion of 25.5 credits. The one additional credit will be awarded upon the completion of the 11th grade PSSA in writing, reading and mathematics. Each test will carry 1/3 credit weight.
Writing - .34 Reading - .33 Mathematics - .33 = 1 Credit
The District will assign a percentage grade to each PSSA score as follows:
Advanced = 100% (A)
Proficient = 91% (B)
Basic = 81% (C)
Below Basic = 69% (D)
These grades will appear on the students’ report cards and transcripts during the third term of the senior year. Students will have the opportunity to improve their scores by taking the PSSA re-test in grade 12. Students who are not proficient on their junior reading and/or math PSSA test will also be required to take the Building Reading and/or Mathematical Foundations II course(s) during their senior year.