Subject Area


    Advanced Credits


    SOL Tests for Verified Credit



    2 (Locally Awarded Assessment in Writing and EOC Reading)



    1 (Algebra I; or Geometry; or Algebra II)



    1 (Biology; or Chemistry; or Earth Science)

    History and Social Science4


    1 (World Geography; or World History I; or World History II; or US/VA History

    Health and Physical Education



    Foreign Language5



    Economics and Personal Finance



    Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education  (CTE)






    On-line Course6



    Student-Selected Tests7


    Career & Technical Education Course (CTE)

    Emergency First Aid/CPR9







    Students may earn an Advanced Studies Diploma by earning the required standard and verified units of credit as specified in the chart above.

    1The fifth English credit must be Advanced Composition, Research Methodology and Design, AP Language and Composition or (ACE) DE Composition and Language.

    2 Courses completed to satisfy the math requirement shall include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and at least one additional math course above the level of Algebra II (Trigonometry, Probability and Statistics, AP Statistics, Math Analysis/Pre-Calculus or Calculus.)

     3 Courses completed to satisfy the science requirement shall be selected from the following: Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Biology, AP or DE Biology, Earth Science, AP Environmental Science, Ecology, or Physics.

    4 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and two courses either in world history or geography or both.

    5 Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include three years of one language or two years each of two languages.

    6 On-line course will be required for graduating beginning with the freshmen Class of 2013-2014.

    7A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career and technical education, economics, or other areas as prescribed by the Board of Education in 8 VAC 20-131-110.

    8At least one college level Dual Enrollment or Advanced Placement course must be satisfactorily completed.

    9Beginning with first time ninth grader students in the 2016-2017 school year, requirements for the standards and advanced diploma shall include a requirement to be trained in emergency first aid, CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators, including hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform CPR. 


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    Verified Unit of Credit

    A verified unit of credit is awarded for a course in which the student earns a standard unit of credit and achieves a passing score on a corresponding end-of-course SOL test or a substitute assessment approved by the Board of Education.  Students who are enrolled in a career and technical program area and pass a certification exam and/or licensure may earn a student-selected verified credit. A student-selected test for verified credit may come from any end-of-course SOL test that is not already satisfying a required verified credit. Local verified credits will be awarded in accordance with Henry County School Board Policy.

    Standard Unit of Credit

    A standard unit of credit is awarded for a course in which the student successfully completes the objectives of the course.