6:300-E2 – State Law Graduation Requirements

The School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-22, as amended by P.A. 94-676 (eff. 8-24-05), contains the following course requirements in order for a student in Illinois to receive a high school diploma. Other graduation requirements, including additional course requirements if any, are contained in Board policy 6:300, Graduation Requirements.

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State Law Graduation Requirements

105 ILCS 5/27-22 Sec. 27-22.

Required high school courses.

(a) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 1984-1985 school year through the 2004-2005 school year must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete the following courses:

  1. Three years of language arts;
  2. Two years of mathematics, one of which may be related to computer technology;
  3. One year of science;
  4. Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government; and
  5. One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language or (D) vocational education.

(b) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2005-2006 school year must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete all of the following courses:

  1. Three years of language arts.
  2. Three years of mathematics.
  3. One year of science.
  4. Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government.
  5. One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.

(c) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2006-2007 school year must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete all of the following courses:

  1. Three years of language arts.
  2. Two years of writing intensive courses, one of which must be English and the other of which may be English or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other graduation requirements.
  3. Three years of mathematics, one of which must be Algebra I and one of which must include geometry content.
  4. One year of science.
  5. Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government.
  6. One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.

(d) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2007-2008 school year must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete all of the following courses:

  1. Three years of language arts.
  2. Two years of writing intensive courses, one of which must be English and the other of which may be English or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other graduation requirements.
  3. Three years of mathematics, one of which must be Algebra I and one of which must include geometry content.
  4. Two years of science.
  5. Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government.
  6. One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.

(e) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil entering the 9th grade in the 2008-2009 school year or a subsequent school year must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully complete all of the following courses:

  1. Four years of language arts.
  2. Two years of writing intensive courses, one of which must be English and the other of which may be English or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other graduation requirements.
  3. Three years of mathematics, one of which must be Algebra I and one of which must include geometry content.
  4. Two years of science.
  5. Two years of social studies, of which at least one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government.
  6. One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C) foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.

(f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform school districts of standards for writing intensive coursework.

(g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils entering the 9th grade in 1983-1984 school year and prior school years or to students with disabilities whose course of study is determined by an Individualized Education Program. This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not apply to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school year or a prior school year or to students with disabilities whose course of study is determined by an Individualized Education Program.

(h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the provisions of Section 27-22.05 [required course substitution].

Date Approved: April 10, 2007