For students who entered ninth grade in 2009-10, an additional math class was required for graduation. Rather than three math classes, students now must have four math credits in addition to their other requirements to graduate. These math requirements are aligned to a particular pathway that students can take as they finish their high school career.
Students will select a pathway to follow that will determine which math course they will choose to complete the fourth math. As a result, students will now graduate with one of three endorsements on their diploma:
College-UNC: Students who meet the requirements for admission to a UNC System university
- For the UNC system students, expectations include Algebra I or Math I, Geometry or Math II, Algebra II or Math III and either Advanced Functions and Modeling, Discrete Math, Pre-Calculus, Integrated Math IV, AP Statistics, or AP Calculus
For students who attend other colleges, expectations include Algebra I or Math I, Geometry or Math II, Algebra II or Math III and a fourth math from any mentioned for the UNC Pathway students or Analytical Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability and Statistics, or Mindset.
College: Students who meet the requirements for admission to a non-UNC system university/college, community college, or technical school
Career: Students who meet the requirements for the Career endorsement (completing a CTE Concentration plus earning either a WorkKeys certification at the Silver level or above or other industry-recognized credential.
- For those students preparing to go the Career route, they may take Algebra I or Math I, Geometry or Math II, and two other mathematics course from the above or a selected group of Career Technical Education courses.
These courses have been granted the equivalent of mathematics courses since the content required within the Blueprints of the course parallel at least 50% of the Common Core State standards required in other math courses.
One final note, students who have learning disabilities or are taking the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) also have CTE course options for their math as well.