High School Curriculum Requirements

 

To meet the curriculum requirements for the Opportunity Scholarship, all recipients must receive a "C" or higher on all coursework including:

Students Entering High School After July 2010

    • 4 units of English (courses with major emphasis upon grammar, composition, or literary analysis may be included to meet this requirement).
    • 3 units of Social Studies (such as history, economics, sociology, geography, U.S. government, and similar courses).
    • 4 units of Algebra or Higher Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or other advanced mathematics, as well as accelerated or honors mathematics [algebra] at the 8th grade, shall be accepted). NOT INCLUDED are arithmetic, business, consumer, or general mathematics or similar courses.
    • 4 units of Science, including 3 units of approved laboratory science (courses in biology, chemistry, or physics in which at least one regular laboratory is scheduled each week). Qualifying physical science or earth science courses (with lab) shall be on a case-by-case basis.
    • 1 unit of Fine Arts (in art, theatre, or music, as well as approved extracurricular activity).
    • 2 units of either of the following or a combination of the two:
        • Approved Career and Technical Education Courses
        • Modern or Classical Language (Includes American Sign Language)
    • 1/2 unit of Personal Finance or Economics
    • 1/2 unit of Physical Education
    • 1/2 unit of Health or Health Integration (Students entering high school after July 2013)

Students Entering High School Prior to July 2010

    • 4 units of English (courses with major emphasis upon grammar, composition, or literary analysis may be included to meet this requirement).
    • 3 units of Social Studies (such as history, economics, sociology, geography, U.S. government, and similar courses).
    • 4 units of Algebra or Higher Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or other advanced mathematics, as well as accelerated or honors mathematics [algebra] at the 8th grade, shall be accepted). NOT INCLUDED are arithmetic, business, consumer, or general mathematics or similar courses.
    • 4 units of Science, including 3 units of approved laboratory science (courses in biology, chemistry, or physics in which at least one regular laboratory is scheduled each week). Qualifying physical science or earth science courses (with lab) shall be on a case-by-case basis.
    • 1/2 unit of Computer Science (students will have basic keyboarding skills and have had experience in using computer word processing, database, and spreadsheet packages and in using the Internet or other wide area networks).
    • 1 unit of Fine Arts (in art, theatre, or music, as well as approved extracurricular activity).
    • 2 units of the same Modern or Classical Language (includes American Sign Language).
    • 1/2 unit of Personal Finance or Economics.
    • 1/2 unit of Physical Education or Health.

Students seeking to determine whether coursework at their particular school district will be counted toward units in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Fine Arts, or Modern/Classical Language are encouraged to review the list of approved courses for high school throughout the state in the links provided below

Career and Technical Education courses that have been approved by the Department of Education can be used by students to meet the "Approved career and technical education course," units.

 

 

School Administrators seeking to add a course to the approved school district course list, or modifying courses on the existing list can do so by completing the Core Course Approval Form available by following the link below. Districts seeking to offer Career and Technical Education for core content credit must first seek approval from the Department of Education by submitting the CTE for Core Content Application Form located in the link below.

 

 

Contact Information
Dr. Paul D. Turman
VP for Research & Economic Development
South Dakota Board of Regents
306 East Capital Avenue, Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501
Email: pault@sdbor.edu
Phone: 605-773-3455
Katie Maley
Student Services Coordinator
Email: katiem@sdbor.edu