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Academic Planning

The Guidance Department of Black River High School makes available this handbook as a guide to your high school academic program. You must remember that the recommendations are general. The only true program is one that you have chosen with:
  1. Careful and resourceful consideration
  2. Your future in mind
  3. Counseling and advisement with an eye to employment trends
  4. Post secondary school prerequisites
Parents are encouraged to contact the Guidance Director with any questions or concerns about the course selection process at (802) 875-4742.

Graduation Requirements and
Recommended Program for College

Minimum Requirements for Graduation Recommended Program for Competitive Colleges
English 4 Credits English 4 Credits
Mathematics 3 Credits Mathematics 4 Credits
Science 3 Credits Science 4 Credits
Social Studies 3 Credits Social Studies 4 Credits
Health  .5 Credit Health         .5 Credit
Fine Arts 1 Credit    Fine Arts 1 Credit
Physical Education 1.5 Credits Physical Education 1.5 Credits
Electives 11 Credits*
(10 Credits- 2020)
(9 Credits- 2021)
(8 Credits- 2022+)
Foreign Language    2-3 Credits 
(same language)
    Electives                    *
Total 27 Credits* Total      *
*A total of 27 credits is required for graduation at Black River High School for the Class of 2019. 
26 credits will be required for the Class of 2020
25 credits will be required for the Class of 2021
24 credits will be required for the Class of 2022 and on

  Students are also required to perform 40 hours of community service and to be certified in CPR/AED (training provided by the school).

In order to progress to the next grade level, students must earn the following number of credits:
For Grade 10:  5 credits
For Grade 11:  12 Credits
For Grade 12:  20 Credits

Specific course requirements for core classes are provided in the Course Description document attached below. Each student can carry a maximum course load of seven (7) credits each year while carrying no fewer than four (4) credits.  Seniors who meet the requirements may qualify for senior privileges.

Suggested Sequence of Courses: 

Freshman  Sophomores
English 9 English 10 Mythology
Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, or Geometry Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II
World History I World History II
Intro Chem and/or Intro Physics Laboratory Biology and/or
Intro Chem/Physics
Foreign Language Foreign Language
Physical Education Health
Fine Arts Physical Education
Juniors  Seniors
American Literature or Honors American Lit British Literature or AP English
Geometry, Algebra II, or Pre-Calc Prob & Stats, Pre-Calc, or Calculus
US History or AP US History AP US History or Social Studies elective
Lab Bio or Lab Chemistry Lab Chem, Lab Physics, or AP Bio
Foreign Language Foreign Language
Electives Electives
Technical Education Program Technical Education Program
As a school, we are committed to providing a quality education for all students through a range of courses that allow all students to meet the graduation requirements. When planning a program for your remaining years at BRHS, you should remember that the courses listed in the Course Descriptions are proposed course offerings and that selected courses are offered only in alternate years.  
Jessica Russ BR FAC,
Mar 12, 2018, 9:33 AM