Starting with the Class of 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has mandated graduation requirements for all students in the Pennsylvania public school system.
Options (only one is required):
- Score proficient or advanced on each Keystone Exam – Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.
- Earn a satisfactory composite score on the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams. The passing composite score is 4452.
- Earn a passing grade on the courses associated with each Keystone Exam, and satisfactorily complete one of the following:
- Alternative assessment (PSAT >969, ACT >20, ASVAB >30)
- Advanced coursework (AP >2, concurrent enrollment courses such as Penn College NOW)
- Pre-apprenticeship program through Penn College
- Acceptance in to a 4-year nonprofit institution of higher education for college-level coursework
- Earn a passing grade on the courses associated with each Keystone Exam, and pass the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) or the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) assessment in an approved Career and Technical Education concentration.
- Earning a passing grade on the courses associated with each Keystone Exam, and demonstrate readiness for post-secondary engagement through three pieces of evidence from the student’s career portfolio aligned to student goals and career plan.
Local graduation requirements are set by the South Williamsport Area School Board of Education to align with local expectations and State law.
Graduation requirements are: a minimum of 24 credits for regular education students, 23 credits for one-year career and technical education students, and 22 credits for two- or three-year career and technical education students. Required courses include: four credits each in English and mathematics, three credits each in social studies and science, 0.5 credits in physical education, and 0.5 credits in health. The balance of credits is comprised of electives.