Graduation Requirements 2013-2014


In order to graduate from Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, students must successfully complete all of the following:


  • 4 credits of English
  • 3 consecutive credits of Mathematics, including 1 credit of Algebra I
  • 3.5 credits of Social Studies, including 1 credit of US History or  (beginning Class of 2017)
    US Government
  • 3 credits of Science, including 1 credit of Biology
  • 1 credit of Arts and Humanities Electives
  • 1 credit of Technology
  • 1 credit of Health/Safety/Physical Education
  • 4 credits of additional electives (may be core courses)
  • 0.5 credit Senior Seminar or equivalent


Total minimum required credits for graduation: 21


In addition to the above PALCS requirements, college-bound students are encouraged to take:

  • An additional credit of Mathematics
  • An additional credit of Science
  • An additional credit of Social Studies
  • At least two consecutive years of the same foreign language


At the present time, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has eliminated the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) at the 11th grade level, and is requiring all students to participate in Keystone Exams following completion of course work in Algebra I, Biology and Literature and Composition.   


In addition to the 21 credit requirement, students must complete Keystone Exams in Biology, Literature and Algebra. The Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School will continue to abide by the regulations and make any changes to the Keystone Exam requirements as directed by the Department of Education.