SBHS Graduation Requirements

Requirements for Graduation - State and District

New Jersey High School Assessment:


Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness
Class of 2016, 2017, and 2018 will be required to pass one part of the P.A.R.C.C. Assessment Test. Under current plans, the new PARCC assessments are expected to be used as the high school graduation exam starting in 2020.  



The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers - a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These computer- based K-12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.


PARCC assessments have replaced the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) that was required for all high school juniors in past years.  It is important to note that PARCC assessments will be given throughout a student's high school career, as the required English and Math courses are taken and completed (e.g. English I, II, III and Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II). Under the current plans, the new PARCC assessments are expected to be used as the high school graduation exam starting in 2019. The New Jersey Department of Education has listed the following substitute competency tests as alternatives to the PARCC assessments for the classes on 2016, 2017, and 2018.  (This information was taken from the New Jersey State Department of Education website as of July 9, 2015.)

PARCC Substitute Competency Tests

SAT Critical Reading or Math
Passing Score: 400
ACT Reading or Math
Passing Score: 16
ACT Aspire
Passing Score: 422
Passing Score: 31
Accuplacer Write Placer
Passing Score: 6
Accuplacer Math
Passing Score: 76
Passing Score: 40

NJDOE Portfolio Appeal
For students who do not meet the above competencies.


End of Course State Examination in Biology I

All students taking the first-level Biology course are required to take this test at the end of the year. First-level Biology courses include: General Biology, Biology I and Honors Biology I.      


South Brunswick High School students must earn 125 credits, of which 105 must come from the following required courses:


Course Requirements



English I, II, III, IV

4 years / 20 credits

Social Studies

3 years / 15 credits (Government & Economics/ U.S. History/Global Studies)


1 year (3.75 credits / 1.25 credits) for each year of high school; typically

PE 9/Adolescent Issues

PE 10/Driver Education

PE 11/Adult Issues

PE 12/Senior Health.


3 years / 15 credits


3 years / 15 credits (a Physical Science, a Biological Science, and any other Lab Science)

World Language

2 years / 10 credits (of the same language)

Fine Arts

1 year / 5 credits

21st Century Skills

1 year / 5 credits

Personal Financial Management

1 Semester/2.5 Credits


Early Graduation

Completion of the minimum credit requirements for graduation in less than four years is possible if planned early in the student’s high school career. A student should declare this intention prior to the end of sophomore year.  The student's counselor will meet with the student and the parents and help in weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the decision.  The final decision for a student’s early graduation rests with the principal after a close review of graduation credits.


Students must meet all graduation requirements, including the completion of 125 credits, in order to participate in the school’s graduation ceremony.