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The Online Academy @ North Hills offers a robust and rigorous curriculum designed to increase student engagement and achievement. Our program features over 105 course offerings for students in grades 7-12 and both core and elective courses in grades K-6.

For more specific information regarding curricular offerings, please use the links to the left of this page to review specific course titles and descriptions from the 2012-2013 elementary and secondary programs of studies. Additionally, you may download the complete 2012-2013 Online Academy Program of Studies for grades 7-12 at the bottom of this page.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the Online Academy @ North Hills are expected to meet the same graduation requirements as students who attend our brick-and-mortar schools. The graduation requirements are listed below.

A minimum of 24 credits, as outlined below, are required to be completed in grades 9-12 in order to receive a high school diploma from the North Hills School District. Additionally, a minimum of 7 credits must be scheduled each year. These requirements are established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the North Hills School District Board of Directors. Students and parents are reminded that in order for students to participate in commencement, all credits and requirements must be satisfied upon the student’s completion of the normal school year. It is the student’s and parent’s responsibility to know the requirements for promotion and graduation and to make plans accordingly.

4.0 credits of English
4.0 credits of Social Studies
3.0 credits of Mathematics
3.0 credits of Science
2.0 credits of Physical Education
0.5 credit of Health
2.0 credits of Arts/Humanities
5.5 credits of electives
24.0 Total Credits and successful completion of the Graduation Project.

In addition, the No Child Left Behind Act and the Pennsylvania Department of Education require all students to demonstrate proficiency in reading and mathematics standards. These standards are assessed in 11th grade using the reading and math sections of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment.

Students who score basic or below basic on the mathematics portion of the 11th grade PSSA will be required to pass Standards of Mathematics (0.5 Credit) in addition to all other graduation requirements, to establish proficient levels and be certified as a graduate.

Additionally, students who score basic or below basic on the reading portion of the 11th grade PSSA will be required to pass Standards of Language Arts (0.5 Credit) in addition to all other graduation requirements, to establish proficient levels and be certified as a graduate.

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