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(1) Four years of language arts.
(2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
which must be English and the other of which may be English
or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive
courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other
(3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and
one of which may be an Advanced Placement computer science
course if the pupil successfully completes Algebra II or an
integrated mathematics course with Algebra II content.
(4) Two years of science.
(5) Two years of social studies, of which at least one
year must be history of the United States or a combination
of history of the United States and American government
and, beginning with pupils entering the 9th grade in the
2016-2017 school year and each school year thereafter, at
least one semester must be civics, which shall help young
people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and
attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and
responsible citizens throughout their lives. Civics course
content shall focus on government institutions, the
discussion of current and controversial issues, service
learning, and simulations of the democratic process.
School districts may utilize private funding available for
the purposes of offering civics education.
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(6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American
(D) vocational education
, or (E) speech
(f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform
school districts of standards for writing-intensive
(f-5) If a school district offers an Advanced Placement
computer science course to high school students, then the
school board must designate that course as equivalent to a high
school mathematics course and must denote on the student's
transcript that the Advanced Placement computer science course
qualifies as a mathematics-based, quantitative course for
students in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (e)
of this Section.
(g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils
entering the 9th grade
in 1983-1984 school year and prior
school years or to students
with disabilities whose course of
study is determined by an individualized
This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not
to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school
year or a prior
school year or to students with disabilities
whose course of study is
determined by an individualized
(h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the
27-22.05 of this Code and the
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act.