All courses taken for high school credit will be included on the student transcript. Courses taken in grades 9-12 will be considered when calculating the grade point average (GPA).
Courses taken for high school credit in grades 7-8 will be listed on the student transcript as a letter grade but will not be considered when calculating the grade point average (GPA).
Union Minimum Graduation Requirements:
Total.............24 units and/or sets of competencies
College Preparatory/Work Ready Curriculum
*Students may ‘opt-out’ of the college preparatory / work ready curriculum and meet the district’s current minimum diploma requirements by having a parent/guardian sign a release form.
Additional Testing Requirements
In addition to the course requirements of the current standard diploma or the course requirements of the college preparatory/work-ready curriculum, all students must meet the following testing requirements to earn a high school diploma.
For more information about graduation requirements, please contact your student's school counselor.
Achieving Classroom Excellence
In June 2006, Oklahoma lawmakers passed one of the most significant pieces of education legislation in state history. Achieving Classroom Excellence, or “ACE,” totally changes what students, starting with the class of 2012, must do to earn a high school diploma.
Instead of graduating after passing certain courses, the new law requires students to additionally pass four “end-of-instruction exams.” The four must include Algebra I and English II and two from the following: Algebra II, Geometry, English III, Biology and U.S. History. End-of-instruction exams have been used in Oklahoma for some time, but passing them has not been required for graduation previously.
In efforts to strengthen Oklahoma’s economy and improve educational opportunities, this legislation was passed to ensure graduates have skills for the workplace — the ability to write well, read technical materials and reason mathematically. ACE is an attempt to ensure graduation requirements are high, diplomas are meaningful and students are motivated to master skills needed in the 21st century.
Union has always promoted a rigorous curriculum and high academic expectations, but it is important that parents and students are aware of the higher accountability these end-of-instruction exams pose. It will take a conscious effort for all of us to ensure our students meet the challenge. Consistent student attendance, good study habits and a focus on classroom achievement will be key to academic success. Parents can encourage academic progress through a stable home environment, frequent communication with teachers and reinforcing a positive attitude toward school. We look forward to partnering with you in Achieving Classroom Excellence!
Major Elements of ACE
ACE: Intervention Strategies
End-of-instruction tests will be administered at the end of each course. Students who fail any of the four end-of-instruction tests have up to three chances to pass per calendar year.
Many students will do well without any extra help. For those who need it, Union has tutoring, reading and math support programs and an opportunity to take double academic sections rather than electives to assist students.