Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Classes of 2017-2020

Total Credits - A minimum of 22 units of credit are required for graduation from Homewood-Flossmoor High School. One-half unit of credit is earned upon completion of a subject that meets each day scheduled for one semester. The successful completion of a course that meets each day for an entire year is worth one unit of credit. Students are expected to take an average of 5.5 credits per year. At the end of four years, students will have earned the minimum of 22 units required for graduation. Of the 22 units of credit required for graduation, 17 credits must come from the areas listed below:

  • English - 4 units of credit are required, specifically:

One unit of English 1, one unit of English 2, one unit of English 3 and one unit of English 4. Freshmen and sophomores who score at or below the 41st national percentile on a standardized test, and juniors and seniors scoring at or below the 23rd percentile are required to take a Reading course.

  • Mathematics — 3 units of credit are required, specifically: Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry.
  • Science — 3 units of credit are required, specifically: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Social Science — 3 units of credit are required, specifically: World History, United States History (including passing the U.S. and Illinois Constitution tests) and Economics. The Illinois State’s consumer education requirement is fulfilled by successfully completing Economics.
  • Physical Education, Health/Driver/Safety Education — 4 units of credit are required:

Physical Education: A student must be enrolled in Physical Education each semester that he or she is enrolled in school. Enrollment in Health and Safety/Driver Education is considered enrollment in Physical Education.

Health: The required Health course fulfills .5 units of the 4 unit P.E. requirement. Health must be taken during the freshman or sophomore year and includes all topics mandated by the School Code of Illinois.

Driver/Safety Education: The classroom phase of Driver Education is required of all students. Safety education is part of the instruction. Driver Education fulfills .5 units of the 4-unit P.E. requirement. The State of Illinois requires that students have passed eight courses during the previous two semesters prior to taking Driver Education.

  • Additional Requirements — 1 unit of credit is required: State law requires that in order to graduate, a student must pass a test on the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions, Declaration of Independence and the proper use and display of the American flag. State law requires that one unit of coursework be chosen from the following:

A.     Applied Academics

B.      Fine Arts

C.     World Language

D.     Performing Arts