Graduation Requirements

  • Graduation Requirements

    To graduate from a Providence Public School, a student must earn at least 21 course credits in certain content areas, participate in at least one college and career-readiness exam and complete one diploma-based assessment or approved student project.


  • 1 I High School Course Credit Requirements 


    To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 21 Credits as follows:


    • 4 English Language Arts
    • 4 Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
    • 3 Social Studies
    • 3 Science
    • 2 World Language*
    • 2 PE/Health
    • 0.5 Art
    • 0.5 Technology
    • 0.5 Financial Literacy
    • 2 Additional Course Credits


    *Exemptions to the World Language requirement for students with disabilities will be determined by IEP teams as appropriate.


    **This can be completed through a Personal Finance or other approved course, showing mastery by product for 2024 graduation cohort. 1.5 to 2 additional elective credits will be required for those identified students, depending on how the Financial Literacy course is completed.

  • 2 I College and Career Readiness-Based Exam


    The tests and assessments listed below measure students’ reading, writing,  and math skills. To graduate, students must complete at least one of the following:


    • PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
    • SAT (Formerly the Scholastic Assessment Test, now known simply as SAT)
    • ACT (American College Test)
    • AP (Advanced Placement)
  • 3 I Performance-Based Diploma Assessment


    A performance-based diploma assessment consists of a series of multifaceted assignments that serve as a culminating  demonstration of a student’s applied learning skills and knowledge of one or more content areas. 



    Diploma Options for Students Taking the Rhode Island Alternate Assessment 

    Students eligible for the alternate assessment as noted in the  student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may receive a diploma by meeting the following graduation requirements:


    • Completion of the 21 credits as outlined in Part 1 with modified curriculum
    • Completion of a senior project
    • Participation in the State Alternate Assessment


    Appeals Process: Any student who fails to meet the school district's minimum requirements for graduation has the right to appeal that determination. Information on the appeals process can be found in the district's Graduation Requirements Policy at

Contact Us

  • For more information about your child’s performance, please contact his/her Guidance Counselor. School contact information is provided below.


    360 High School
    182 Thurbers Ave. [Call 274-4603]


    Alvarez High School
    375 Adelaide Ave. [Call 456-0676]

    Central High School
    70 Fricker St. [Call 456-9111]

    Classical High School
    770 Westminster St. [Call 456-9145]

    E-Cubed Academy
    812 Branch Ave. [Call 456-0694]


    Hope High School
    324 Hope St. [Call 456-9161]

    Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex
    182 Thurbers Ave. [Call 456-1781]

    Mt. Pleasant High School
    434 Mt. Pleasant Ave. [Call 456-9181]

    Providence Career & Technical Academy
    41 Fricker St. [Call 456-9136]