Graduation Requirements

In the course of a normal four-year program in grades 9 through 12, a student is required to complete satisfactorily the departmental requirements outlined below. One credit unit equals one semester of course work.      

Computer Science .5 unit
English 8 units
Foreign Language 6 units
Health and Physical Education 2.33 units
Mathematics
7 units
Performing Arts 1 unit
Religious Studies 2 units
Science
6 units
Social Studies 6 units
Senior Comprehensive Project .25 units
Visual Arts & Design 1 unit


Students take a minimum of five units each semester. Students may take more than one course per semester in a given subject area with the approval of the department chair and the division director. The various departmental requirements fulfill 39.83 credit units. Students need to earn a minimum of 40 credit units to graduate.

Any alteration in the four-year sequence must be approved by the head of school and the director of the Upper School. Credit requirements for graduation are a minimum standard. The completion of the specified credits prior to the end of the senior year does not entitle a student to early graduation.

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Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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