Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Class of
 Number of credits that must be earned 132 132 132 132
 Number of courses that must be taken and passed: **
English *** 4 4 4 4
Mathematics 3 3 3 3
Social Studies **** 3 3 3 3
Science 3 3 3 3
Physical Ed. ***** 2 2 2 2

Students must adhere to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

MCAS requirements (or comprehensive exam as determined by DESE) to receive a diploma.

* Seniors must earn a minimum of 28 credits in their senior year to graduate.
** A unit is equivalent to two trimesters in all disciplines except for Wellness/Physical Ed.
One trimester satisfies a unit in Wellness/Physical Ed.
*** The four English courses that satisfy this requirement are exclusive of electives.
**** All students must pass three courses in social studies, one of which must be American History 2.
***** All students must pass two units of Wellness/Physical Education, one of which must be a comprehensive health course.


Please see the MHS Handbook for additional clarification regarding graduation requirements.


Provided the student meets the eligibility requirement, failures must be made up in summer school before a student is able to proceed to the next appropriate English course. Seniors will be required to enroll in the evening school English class to meet this requirement.


Every student must earn 132 credits (out of a possible 150 or 88%) to graduate. Class placement is determined by the number of years that a student has attended high school. Transferring students will have their previous school's transcript evaluated and graduation will be based upon the same 88% standard.

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