Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Valley High School, you must have a minimum of 48 credits, including 4 P.E. credits. The specific requirements are as follows:

English and Language Arts

Total required credits: 8

Language and Literature Grade 9 2 credits
Speech Communication Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 1 credit
Fundamentals of Writing Grades 10, 11, or 12 1 credit
Language Arts elective Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 3 credits
Literature course Grades 10, 11, or 12 1 credit
  • Literature and Composition/Fundamentals of Writing (2 credits) fulfills the ninth-grade Language & Literature requirement and the 10th-grade Fundamentals of Writing; students must meet entrance criteria.
  • Debate I/Public Speaking (2 credits) fulfills the Speech Communications graduation requirement and the Language
    Arts elective.
  • Speech Composition (2 credits) fulfills the Speech requirement and the Fundamentals of Writing requirement.
  • Students need to verify Valley course selection to ensure that they meet Language Arts requirements for their
    post-secondary school of choice.

Fine Arts

Total required credits: 1

Fine Arts elective  Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12

Areas: Art, Drama, Music


Total required credits: 6, including algebra, Geometry, and algebra II

Mathematics electives Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12
  • Eighth-Grade Algebra I C must be taken for high school credit.

Physical Education

Total required credits: 4, earning half credit per semester

  • All students will be required to obtain credit in P.E. during each semester of attendance as a requirement for graduation. Exemptions will be granted in accordance with law and policy.
  • Successful completion of the four required units is mandatory during the sophomore year. Requirements can be completed by choosing from electives during the junior and senior years.


Total required credits: 6

General Science Grade 9
Science electives Grades 10, 11, or 12
  • Ninth-grade biology fulfills the Physical Science requirement; students must meet entrance criteria.

Social Studies

Total required credits: 6

Social Studies electives Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 2 credits
U.S. History or American Heritage Grade 11 2 credits
Economics Grade 11 or 12 1 credit
Government Grade 12 1 credit

The information on this page has been updated for the 2019-20 school year.