Four-Year Course Plan Guidelines


Below are planning guidelines to help students select classes for each of their four years at Elmwood Park High School.

Click any of the sections to see the courses required or recommended for that year.
 

REQUIREMENTS

EPHS GRADUATION

COLLEGE BOUND1

English

English 9

English 9 (Regular or Honors)

Math

Algebra IA/IB2 or Algebra I

Algebra I or Core-Plus Math I Honors3

Science

Biology

Biology (Regular or Honors)

Social Studies

Civics

Civics or AP Human Geography

Physical Education

PE I/II

PE I/II

Writing

Effective Writing

Effective Writing

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective (1.0 credits)
Core-Plus Math II Honors if Core-Plus
Math I Honors also taken (1.0 credits)4

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective (1.0 credits)
World Language is strongly recommended

1College-bound students: If you plan to attend a four-year college/university, it is recommended that you take the following: 4 English, 4 Math, 3+ Science, 3+ Social Studies, 2+ World Language — and that you take them all at the highest academic level that is appropriate. (These recommendations are in addition to other graduation requirements.)

2Algebra IA/IB is a year-long course that requires one elective course to be scheduled as Algebra IB. 

3Students who take Core-Plus Math I Honors take Core-Plus Math II Honors as one elective course in order to be on track to AP-level mathematics.

4See footnote 3 above.

REQUIREMENTS

EPHS GRADUATION

COLLEGE BOUND

English

English 10

English 10 (Regular or Honors)

Math

Geometry

Geometry or Core-Plus Math III Honors

Science

Chemistry

Chemistry (Regular or Honors)

Social Studies

World History

World History or AP World History1

Physical Education

PE I/II

PE I/II

Elective

Health (0.5 credits)

Elective (0.5 credits)

Health (0.5 credits)

Elective (0.5 credits)

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective (1.0 credits)
World Language is strongly recommended

1AP World History is a two-credit course, requiring one elective credit to be used for the second semester of the course.

REQUIREMENTS

EPHS GRADUATION

COLLEGE BOUND1

English

English 11

English 11 (Regular or Honors) or
AP English Language & Composition

Math

Algebra II

Algebra II, Core-Plus Math IV Honors,
AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB

Science

Physics

Physics or AP Physics 1

Social Studies

U.S. History

U.S. History or AP U.S. History

Physical Education

PE I/II

PE I/II

Elective

Consumer Education

Consumer Education

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective (1.0 credits)

1All AP courses listed in the College Bound column are two-credit courses, requiring one elective credit to be used for the second semester of the course.

REQUIREMENTS

EPHS GRADUATION

COLLEGE BOUND1

English

English 12

English 12 (Regular or Honors) or
AP English Literature & Composition

Physical Education

PE I/II

PE I/II

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Math Selection:
Math Modeling, Pre-Calculus,
AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Science Selection:
Anatomy & Physiology Honors,
AP Chemistry or AP Physics 2

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Social Studies Selection:
AP Government2 or other
Social Studies elective

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective

Elective (1.0 credits)

Elective (1.0 credits)

1All AP courses listed in the College Bound column are two-credit courses, requiring one elective credit to be used for the second semester of the course, with the exception of AP Government, which is a one-credit course.

2Unlike the other AP courses listed in the College Bound column, AP Government is a one-credit course. See footnote 1 above.