The Arizona State Board of Education establishes the requirements for graduation from high school. The minimum course of study and competency requirements are outlined in Title 7 Chapter 2 of The Arizona Administrative Code. The minimum course of study State Board Rule is R7-2-302.
The table below summarizes the minimum credit requirements for high school graduation in Arizona, starting with the graduating class of 2017. Please note that school districts and charter schools may, at their discretion, establish additional graduation credit requirements for their students.
English or English as a Second Language
History & Social Science
Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education
Locally Prescribed Courses
Key highlights from R7-2-302 are listed below.
Mathematics (1) Three credits containing course content in preparation for proficiency at the high school level on the statewide assessment and aligned to the Arizona Mathematics Standards for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. These three credits shall be taken beginning with the ninth grade unless a student meets these requirements prior to the ninth grade. (2) The requirement for the third credit covering Algebra II, may be met by, but is not limited to the following: a math course comparable to Algebra II course content; computer science, career and technical education and vocational education, economics, science and arts courses as determined by the local school district governing board or charter school. (3) The mathematics requirements may be modified for students using a Personal Curriculum.
Science (4) Three credits of science in preparation for proficiency at the high school level on the statewide assessment.
History and Social Science (5) History and Social Science will minimally consist of one credit of American history, including Arizona history; one credit world history/geography; and one-half credit of government and one-half credit of economics. NOTE: Specific course requirements are outlined in R7-2-302.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2017, high school graduates are required to pass (60/100) a civics test identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As a courtesy, the Arizona Department of Education, with help from the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and Arizona educators, has developed a mostly multiple choice version of the required test.
Passing AzM2 is not a state requirement for graduation; however, local schools may choose to develop their own academic requirements related to the AzM2 assessment. See the AzM2 webpage for more information about this state level summative assessment.
Pursuant to state statute, the State Board of Education adopted a menu of locally procured achievement assessments for grades 9-12, referred to as the Menu of Assessments, to measure pupil achievement of the state academic standards. Local school districts and charter schools will be able to select an assessment from the Menu to administer in high schools for 11th grade students. Assessments on the menu must: (1) Be high quality; (2) Meet or exceed the level of rigor of the state academic standards; and (3) Be able to be scaled for accountability purposes (A.R.S. 15-741.02).