Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Credits required to be a:

  • Sophomore: 5
  • Junior: 11
  • Senior: 17
  • Graduate: 23

GCA Graduation Requirements

A total of 23 units are needed to meet graduation requirements.

Four (4) Credits of English/Language Arts

(1 credit each) (R=required)

  • 9th Grade Literature & Composition (R)
  • Brittish/World Literature
  • American Literature: (R)
  • Multicultural Literature

(Various options: AP® and DE classes)

Four (4) Credits of Mathematics

(1 credit each) (R=required)

Algebra I (R)
Geometry (R)
Algebra II (R)
Advanced Mathematical Decision Making/Practical Math

(Various options: Foundations of Algebra, Algebra/Geometry, Geometry/Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, DE Math, AP Math)

Four (4) Credits of Science

(1 credit each) (R=required)

  • Physics (R)
  • Biology (R)
  • Chemistry/Earth Systems/Environmental Science/AP®Science (one is required)
  • Forensic Science

(Various options: AP®Science, DE Science, transferred Science course)

Three (3) Credits of Social Studies


  • (World Geography is a 1.0 credit elective taken by 9th grade students to prepare them for 10th grade courses: World Literature and World History)
  • World History (1 credit) R
  • US History (1 credit) R
  • Economics (0.5 credit) R/American Government (0.5 credit) R

One (1) Credit of Health (0.5) and Physical Education (0.5)

  • General Health: (0.5 credit)
  • Personal Fitness: (0.5 credit)

Three (3) Credits of CTAE/Modern Language/Fine Arts

(Any combination below)

Students are encouraged to select 3 credits in a focused area of interest:

  • CTAE—Career Pathway
  • Modern Language/Latin—Students seeking admission to a four-year college or university in Georgia must take a minimum of 2 units in the same language.
  • Fine Arts—Area of Interest

​Four (4) Additional Elective Credits:

4 credits in addition to courses prescribed above


100 supervised hours of community service will earn student 1.0 credit as a service learning elective. (encouraged, not required)