Graduation Requirements


To graduate from Elmwood Park High School, students must:

► Earn the required number of course credits.

► Pass a required examination on foundational documents essential to U.S. and Illinois government.

► Complete an approved assessment of college and career readiness.

These requirements are explained in greater detail below. Click the section(s) you would like to learn more about. 
 

SUBJECTS

CREDITS

English

4.0 credits

Mathematics1

3.0 credits

Science

3.0 credits

Social Studies2

3.0 credits

Writing

1.0 credit

Health Education

0.5 credit

Physical Education3

4.0 credits

Art / Music

1.0 credit

Business / Foreign Language / Computer Technology4

2.0 credits

1State requirement is a minimum of 1.0 credits of Algebra 1 and one course that must include geometry content.

2State requirement is a minimum of 1.0 credits on the history of the United States or a combination of the history of the United States and American government, and at least 0.5 credits of civics coursework will be required.

3Exemptions may be granted in accordance with District- and state-approved guidelines.

4The credit total from among these subjects must include a minimum of 0.5 credits in Consumer Education.

Every student must pass an examination on the Declaration of Independence, the Flag of the United States, Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois.

Every student must complete a state-approved assessment of college and career readiness.

The principal, in conjunction with the District superintendent, shall have discretion regarding decisions as to what constitutes an assessment of college and career readiness.

Other Information Related to Graduation


In addition to the requirements noted above, students and parents should be aware of the following information concerning EPHS courses, credits, promotion and graduation procedures.
 

Prior approval must be obtained for all courses taken outside of District 401 to assure they meet our academic standards and curricular expectations.

Any student planning to graduate early must petition the principal.

To do so, the student must inform his or her counselor of this intent on or before the end of the student's junior year.

Then the student must complete the appropriate paperwork, which must be approved by the student, parent/guardian, counselor and administration.

Only students who are qualified to receive a diploma may participate in the cap and gown ceremony, with the exception of students who are entitled to participate under Brittany's Law.

A student who qualifies for a diploma after commencement is eligible to participate in the following year's ceremony.

Underclassmen are required to enroll in four courses each quarter they attend Elmwood Park High School.

Senior students have the option, depending on their current graduation progress, to be enrolled for three courses each quarter.

Except for administrative reasons, students will be required to remain in all classes for which they register.

Advancement in grade is based upon academic credits earned, not solely on attendance. All students need to meet the following requirements to be promoted to the next grade level:

FRESHMAN
All students with fewer than seven credits are classified as EPHS freshmen.

SOPHOMORE
All students who have earned at least seven credits but fewer than 13 credits are promoted to sophomore status. As part of these credits, students must have at least one credit in each of the following: English, math, science and social studies.

JUNIOR
All students who complete their sophomore-year requirements and have earned 13 or more credits are promoted to junior status. As part of these 13 credits, students must have at least two credits in each of the following: English, math, science and social studies.

SENIOR
Students who complete their junior-year credit requirements and the state-testing requirement are promoted to senior status.

Reclassification of students takes place at the end of the first-semester marking period and after the completion of the summer school session (January and August).

During commencement, EPHS recognizes those students who graduate with honors and those who are members of the National Honor Society.

VALEDICTORIAN
We recognize as valedictorian of the senior class the senior student who attains the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the eighth semester (16th quarter), and who has been in residence at Elmwood Park High School for a minimum of four semesters (eight quarters).

SALUTATORIAN
The senior student who attains the second highest cumulative grade point average and who has been in residence for a minimum of four semesters (eight quarters) is designated as the salutatorian.

TOP 5 PERCENT & TOP 10 PERCENT
Those students graduating in the top five percent are recognized as Tiger Scholars. Those students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class are also recognized. Both groups are acknowledged at an annual honors breakfast and have priority seating at the graduation ceremony.