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Core Curriculum

Central High School has utilized the Core Curriculum Framework, which has been developed by the School District of Philadelphia as the basis for all courses. It is fully anticipated and expected that every subject and each section of that subject will include instruction that goes beyond the requirements of that curriculum.

Courses listed in this guide are offered based upon available resources and qualified and appropriate enrollment. There is no guarantee that each listed course will be offered. Final decisions will not be made until August.

Credits required for grade promotion

10th grade—5 credits
11th grade—11 credits
12th grade—17.5 credits
Graduation—23.5 credits**

**Credits must be accumulated in the categories below:

2 years of the same language (must be taken at CHS)
4 years of English (Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4)
4 years of History (World, African American, American, and Social Science)
3 years of Math (Math courses must be taken in high school. 8th grade Algebra 1 doesn’t count towards the graduation requirement.)
3 years of Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
4th advanced course (Math, Science, or an AP/IB course that doesn’t count in another category)
1.5 years of Physical Education (1 year of gym and .5 of a year in health)
1 Multi-Disciplinary Project (offered in conjunction with Social Science courses)

Central runs a daily schedule of seven periods. Below is the traditional course load for each grade:

Grade 9
English 1
Algebra 1
World History
Language 1
.5 year of Art, Music or Science
.5 year of Physical Education
Grade 10
English 2
African American History
Language 2


Grade 11
English 3
Algebra 2
American History
PE and Health
Grade 12
English 4
4th year of Math or Science, or an AP/IB elective
Social Science


Click here for Subject Selection Guide

Last modified: October 24, 2017