Graduation Requirements

In this document, you will find charts containing the current list of New Jersey assessment requirements in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for high school graduation for the Class of 2016, the Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019, and the proposed requirements for the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

High School Graduation Assessment Requirement 

NOTE:  You must have 125 credits or more to graduate from Piscataway High School

Subject Area

Current Minimum of NJ High School Graduation

Recommended for College Entrance

Types of Courses to Take



4 years (20 credits)

4 years (20 credits)

Composition; American, English & World Literature

Health & Physical Education

4 years (20 credits)


PE: 1,2,3,4



3 years (15 credits)

4 years (20 credits

Algebra I & II; Geometry; Trigonometry or

Pre-calculus; Calculus




3 years (15 credits)


3-4 years

(15-20 credits)

Biology; Chemistry; Physics; electives such as Anatomy, Astronomy, or advanced basic science courses

History/ Social Studies


3 years (15 credits)

3-4 years

(15-20 credits)

World History, US History 1 & 2; Government & Politics


World Language


1 year (5 credits)

2-4 years of a consecutive language

(10-20 credits)

Languages offered at PHS: Spanish, French, Italian, & Chinese

(various levels)

Visual/Performing Art

1 year (5 credits)

Contingent on student’s post HS interests

Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, Consumer Science

21st Century Life Skills/Career & Technical Education


1 year ( 5 credits)

Contingent on student’s post HS interests

Business courses, Computer Technology, Broadcast, Publication, ROTC


Financial Literacy


½ year (2.5 credits)


Personal Finance, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Business Org.



Used to meet additional requirements towards total amount of credits


Academic or Vocational courses pertinent to the student’s interest