Graduation requirements for each year are rapidly changing. Consult with your Guidance Counselor for the more specific information.
Advanced Placement (AP)
“Advanced Placement” (AP) is a program of college-level courses offered at many high schools. Courses are available in many subject areas, including English, history, humanities, languages, math, psychology and science. Colleges may offer credit to students based on their score on the AP Tests, which are given in early May of each year.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a modern assessment that replaces previous state standardized tests. It not only evaluates a student's progress but also provides better information for teachers and parents to identify where a student needs help, or is excelling, so they are able to enhance instruction to meet individual student needs.
Wicomico County Students will take the PARCC tests in English Language Arts (Grade 10), and Algebra I and II.
The PSAT/NMSQT (or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards. With $180 million dollars in scholarships awarded to students that achieve high scores on the PSAT, how you perform on this exam can help you earn scholarship dollars that change the direction of your college planning. The PSAT is much more than a practice test.
All sophomores will take the PSATs. Freshman and Juniors may take the test offered in school for a fee.
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
The Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) are standardized tests that measure school and individual student progress toward the High School Core Learning Goals of the state of Maryland, which were established after passing of the No Child Left Behind Act. The assessments consist of timed exams in Government and Biology. The exams are usually held at the end of their corresponding courses. Each of the exams contains both multiple choice and written response questions.