Advanced Studies Diploma
Course AreaAdvanced Studies Credit:
9th Graders Beginning Fall of 2011 - Spring 2018
Advanced Studies Credit:
9th Graders Beginning Fall of 2018 and Beyond
26 Credits# of Verified 26 Credits# of VerifiedEnglish42 4 2Mathematics 142 4 1
Lab Science 2 – Four (4) courses from among three of these Lab Science areas: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics42
History 3 – World History to 1500 A.D./World Geography, World History after 1500 A.D./World Geography, Virginia/United States History, and Virginia/United States Government42
4 1Health and Physical Education2 2 World Language 4 (3 years of one language or 2 years each of two languages, 2+2 option)3 (or 4)3 (or 4)Economics and Personal Finance1 1 Electives (depending on language option) 3 (or 2) 3 (or 2) Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education 1 1 Student Selected Test 5 1Total 26 9 26 5
1Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I; Geometry; Algebra, Functions and Data Analysis; Algebra II or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.
2Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines: earth sciences, biology, chemistry or physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.
3Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include US and Virginia History, US and Virginia Government, and one course in either world history or geography or both. The Board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement.
4Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives as required by the Standards of Quality.
5Students may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career and technical education, economics or other areas as prescribed by the Board in 8 VAC 20-131-110.
6Students who complete a career and technical education program sequence and pass an examination or occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, or trade or professional association or acquires a professional license in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia may substitute the certification, competency credential, or license for (1) the student selected verified credit and (2) either a science or history and social science verified credit when the certification, license, or credential confers more than one verified credit. The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the Board of Education as an additional test to verify student achievement.
7Pursuant to Section 22.1-253.13:4, Code of Virginia, credits earned for this requirement shall include one credit in fine or performing arts or career and technical education.