Graduation Requirements

Credits for graduation from high school begin accumulating in the ninth grade for all students and may begin to accumulate for some courses in the eighth grade.  A student must meet the requirements in one of the four courses of study outlined below in grades nine through twelve in order to qualify for graduation. 

Early or Mid-Year Completers

      Students completing all graduation requirements at the end of the first semester may opt to graduate “mid-year” during their senior year. Please note that this option forfeits all rights to end-of-year senior activities; including, but not exclusive to, Senior Day (picnic), Spring Athletics, Prom (unless as a guest), and Graduation.  A special Mid-Year Graduation Ceremony will be held in January to honor Mid-Year Completers. 


All students must earn 28 credits in order to graduate from North Buncombe High School 

All students, (except those on the Occupational Course of Study) need to pass the following courses to graduate:

  • English I, II, III, IV
  • Algebra I or Math I, Geometry or Math II, Algebra II or Math III, and one other math beyond Algebra II or Math III
  • Earth Science, Biology, and a Physical Science
  • World History, Civics, US History (Class of 2015)

World History, American History I, American History II, & Civics (Class of 2016, 2017, 2018)

  • Health & PE 

All students must complete the Future Ready Core Courses to receive a high school diploma.  In addition to completing the Future Ready Core Courses, each student must successfully complete the Graduation project (part of English IV), and pass EOC exams for English II, Algebra I or Math I, and Biology. 

Electives should be chosen from courses that fit your after high school plans.  These can be chosen from the Career Technical courses, the Arts (Music, Theatre or Art), JROTC, PE and any academic area that interests you.  It is important that you complete a 4 course Career Cluster or Concentration. 

*2 years of the same foreign language are REQUIRED by most 4 year colleges.  Students going to a 4 year college must take these courses 

The Occupational Course of Study will continue to be available for those students with disabilities who are specifically identified for this program. For the 2010-2011 school year and after, the state has determined that OCS students will be administered EOC’s  for:

            Algebra I or Math I following Occ Math II

            English I following Occ English II  

            Biology following Occ Science II



The UNC system has minimum admission requirement standards. Most of the colleges in the UNC system have additional admissions requirements.  Check with your counselor, the college admissions offices, and catalogues. Students are encouraged to contact the college/university of their choice for more admission requirements.  

M.A.R. Requirements

English - English I, II, III, IV

Math - Alg. I or Math I, Geometry or Math II, Alg. II or Math III, and higher-level math course for which Algebra II or Math III is a prerequisite.

Science – Earth/Environmental Science, Biology, and a physical science.

Social Studies – Civics, World History, and U.S. History or American History I and II.

Foreign Language – At least two courses of the same foreign language are strongly recommended and required by most.

Electives - Based on your class's graduation requirements

A math course and a foreign language course in the 12th grade are recommended. 


(Students entering 9th grade 2012-2013 and beyond.  Other grade levels should see their guidance counselor.)

The Academic Scholars Program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 (un-weighted) from the following:

English                                                4

Mathematics                                       4

Algebra I/Math I, Geometry/Math II, Algebra II/Math III, and one unit of advanced mathematics for which Algebra II is a prerequisite. 

Science                                                3

Earth Environmental Science, Biology, and one from either Chemistry or Physics

Social Studies                                     4

Economics/Civics, World History, American I and II

Foreign Language                               2

Two levels of the same language

Health and Physical Education          1

Concentration Completer                   4

CTE, JROTC, Arts, Foreign Language, other subject area

Additional Advanced Level Courses     2

Electives                                               4

TOTAL                                                 28



   Students are subject to revocation of driving license or driving permits under North Carolina law. 

1.   Dropout Prevention/Driver’s License (House Bill 769)

2.   Lose Control, Lose Your License (Senate Bill 57) 

Dropout Prevention/Driver’s License

This law came into effect August 1, 1998.  The Dropout Prevention/Driver’s License legislation reflects a coordinated statewide effort to motivate and encourage students to complete high school.  The revocation of a student’s driving permit or license will result if a student is unable to maintain adequate progress or drops out of school.  Adequate academic progress will be evaluated at the end of each semester.  A student must pass five out of six courses each semester (three out of four, if the high school is on a 4 x 4  block schedule) in order to be eligible to receive a Driving Eligibility Certificate.  Students not meeting these criteria will lose their permit/license for a semester.  A student who drops out of school will lose his or her driver’s permit or license.  Principals and/or a principal’s designee will be able to issue Driving Eligibility Certificates to students based on hardship.  Cases of hardship must reflect specific circumstances that are beyond the control of the student, his or her parents, or the school.  The specific hardship circumstances are divided into four categories:

1.     Medical Considerations

2.     Work-Related Considerations

3.     Exceptional Children Considerations

4.     Other Considerations

In all cases of hardship, documented proof must be submitted.  It is also the responsibility of each school and/or LEA to maintain a record of students given Driving Eligibility Certificates.  This legislation does not affect students who have attained a high school diploma, a G.E.D., an adult high school diploma, or those students who are 18 years of age.

Lose Control, Lose Your License

This law came into effect July 1, 2000.  The law will suspend a student’s permit or license for one year.  The legislation directs public schools, community colleges, and nonpublic schools to notify the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles whenever a student is given an expulsion/suspension for more than 10 consecutive days or an assignment to an alternative educational setting for more than 10 consecutive days for one of the following reasons:

1. The possession or sale of an alcoholic beverage or an illegal controlled substance on school property.

2. The possession or use on school property of a weapon or firearm that resulted in disciplinary action under G.S. 115C-391(d1) or that could have resulted in that disciplinary action if the conduct had occurred in a public school.

The physical assault on a teacher or other school personnel on school property.