Receiving High School Credit for Algebra I and Geometry

  • Middle schools students may elect to receive high school credit for Algebra I and Geometry taken prior to the freshman year.  In making this informed decision, students and parents should carefully read and consider the following information:

    • Students receiving a B- or better each semester must take the next level math course.
    • Students must earn a C- or higher during both semesters in order to earn high school credit.
    • Students earning a C- or below are strongly encouraged to retake the course to meet the prerequisites for the next level course within the discipline.
    • Courses taken for high school credit will be factored into the student's grade point average.
    • Courses taken for high school credit while a student is in middle school may count as Core 40 or Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma math requirements.

     However, the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma requires students to complete four years of mathematics.  At least three of these years must be taken during grades 9-12.  Students who do not take a fourth year of math in high school must take a quantitative reasoning course in its place.  Many 4-year universities require or strongly recommend a fourth year of math.  These schools do not recognize credits awarded during middle school when evaluating math requirements.  Mathematics credits earned prior to entering 9th grade may meet specific course requirements for a Core 40 diploma, but three years of mathematics must be completed during grades 9-12.  Students must be enrolled in a mathematics or quantitative reasoning course each year the student is enrolled in high school.


    Parents and students often wonder how receiving credit in middle school will impact the student's grade point average (GPA).  Here are a few examples of GPA computations to help support you in making this important decision.

    Complete the "Mathematics - Letter of Understanding" by the end of your junior year in order to receive high school credit.
    Additional questions may be directed to the NHS Guidance Department.