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Graduation Requirements


Because SMIC is based on an American-style curriculum, credits for graduation are earned from Grade 9 through Grade 12. The school operates under a semester system and credits are earned by semester; usually 1/2 credit is earned for successfully completing each semester in a course.

SMIC requires each student to earn four credits in English (language arts and literature) and three credits in each of the following: foreign language, social studies, math, and science. Each student also needs one credit in the following: physical education, visual and performing arts, technology, co-curricular studies and life skills, for a total of 23 credits. Starting with class of 2022, students are required to have 0.5 credits for health as well making it to 23.5 credits in order to graduate. Furthermore, students must earn 100 hours of community service. Please see our Course of Study for full descriptions and further information.

English (4 credits)

Grade 9: Foundations of Western Literature or Foundations of Western Literature Accelerated

Grade 10: Major Works of World Literature or Major Works of World Literature Accelerated

Grade 11: Survey of American Literature or AP English Language and Composition

Grade 12: Survey of British Literature or AP English Literature and Composition

Additional Elective English Courses:

Digital Journalism I, II, III, IV ( Not offered in 2020-21)

Social Studies (3 credits)

Grade 9: The Early Modern World

Grade 10: The Modern World: 1900 – Present OR AP World History

Grade 11: United States History or AP United States History

Additional Elective History and Social Studies Courses-

AP Human Geography
AP Economics
AP Seminar
AP Research
Economics and Personal Finance
Introduction to Chinese Humanities

Math (3 credits)

Three credits of Math are required with all students completing Algebra II at a minimum.

Grade 9: Axiomatic Geometry or Accelerated Axiomatic Geometry or High School Mathematics I

Grade 10: Algebra II with Trigonometry or Accelerated Algebra II with Trigonometry or High School Mathematics II

Grade 11: Pre-Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus, Algebra II

Additional Elective Math Courses-

AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics
Introduction to Statistics ( Not offered in 2020-21)

Science (3 credits)

Grade 9: Biology
Grade 10: Chemistry

Grade 11 or 12: Choose one additional science from the following-

AP Biology
AP Environmental Science
AP Chemistry
AP Physics I
AP Physics II
Exercise and Nutrition Science

Foreign Language (3 credits)

Three credits of foreign language are required based on the student's ability level. Students may choose from the following:


Elementary, Intermediate, or Upper Chinese (placed by ability level)
AP Chinese Language and Culture
Chinese Cultural Traditions and Values
Chinese Performing Arts
Studying Chinese Through Multimedia
Chinese Literature
Business Chinese
Advanced Business Chinese


Spanish I, II or III
AP Spanish

French I, II, or III
AP French (Not offered in 2020-21)

Physical Education (1 credit)

Students attend PE twice a week therefore earning 1/2 credit each year for grades 9 and 10.

Grade 9: Principles of Health and Fitness

Grade 10: Advanced Principles of Health and Fitness

Additional Elective Courses-

AP Psychology
Exercise and Nutrition Science

Health (0.5 credit)

Starting with the class of 2022, students are required to have 0.5 credits of health in order to graduate. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to understand the functioning of their bodies and the importance of making wise decision to protect their health and well-being – all of which help make students healthy individuals.

Life Skills (1 credit)

Students at every grade level attend Life Skills once a week therefore earning 1/4 credit each year for grades 9-12.

These classes provide help to students in dealing with situations that they will encounter in their lives and includes topics such as personality, sexuality, personal relations, organizational skills, coping with bullies, and planning for standardized tests and university.

Visual and Performing Arts (1 credit)

Students may choose from the following:

Art & Creativity
3D Art (Not Offered in 2020-21)
Media Arts
AP Art and Design
Chamber Music Group
Vocal Band
Theater Arts : Acting and Performance
Theater Arts : Advanced Acting and Performance
Theater Arts : Directing and Performance

Theater Arts : Directing and Stage Management

Technology (1 credit)

Students may choose from the following:

Design Technology
Technology Exploration
Video Production
Yearbook Design I, II, III, IV
Computer Programming
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science Principles

Co-Curricular Activity (1 credit)

Students must earn one activity credit by participating in extra-curricular activities such as club, sports and other school activities that take place outside the normal school day.

The Athletic Director, Academic Affairs Director, Student Affairs Director, and Counseling Office can all be consulted for specific requirements and awarding credits.

Electives (2 credits)

Students must earn two credits beyond the required credits and may choose from any of the available courses which have not been previously taken to meet departmental requirements.

Community Service (100 hours)

Students are expected to do some form of community hours (prior approval required) during their high school years (grades 9-12). The school offers an abundance of opportunities for students to serve. Our Student Affairs office can be consulted for community service opportunities and approvals. This requirement is pro-rated for students entering SMIC after grade 9.

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