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Graduation Requirements

Central York High School is organized into five academies:  the 9th Grade Academy and four major areas of study (Academies) for the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

To receive a diploma from Central York High School, a learner must demonstrate satisfactory completion of 28 credits. These credits must come from a combination of required courses and electives. No course can be used to fulfill more than one graduation requirement.

Learners will take the Keystone Exams for Algebra I, English II, and Biology as required by Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as one of the options to meet graduation requirements for the class of 2022 and beyond. PDE has also provided alternate pathways to meeting graduation requirements.


Language Arts 4 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Social Studies 3 credits (one credit for each of US History, Global Studies and Citizenship)
Science 3 credits (one credit for each of Earth Science, Chemistry, and Biology)
Health/Phys Ed/Driver Ed 2 credits
Electives 13 credits
Total Credits Required 28 credits


NOTE: During a learner’s 4 years at Central York High School, they will have the opportunity to schedule 32 or more credits. This allows 4+ additional elective credits past the 28 needed for graduation, as described above.*To earn a seal designating Academy completion on the diploma, three credits must be earned within the Academy. For details, see Academy Program details in the Course Selection Guide.

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