• Students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2021-2022 must pass the following courses and earn at least 22 credits:

    Four sequential English credits which shall be:
    1. Starting with English I
    2. English II
    3. English III
    4. English IV
    Four Mathematics credits which shall be either:
    1. NC Math 1, 2, and 3 and a fourth mathematics course to be aligned with the student’s post high school plans
    2. In the rare instance a principal exempts a student from the Future-Ready Core mathematics sequence, except as limited by N.C.G.S. §115C-81(b), the student will be required to pass: NC Math 1 and Math 2 plus two additional courses identified on the NC DPI Math options chart.

    Note:  Credit shall be awarded for Math I, II, III if taken prior to the 2016-17 school year.

    Three Science credits which shall be:
    1. a physical science course
    2. Biology
    3. an earth/environmental science course
    Four Social Studies credits which shall be:
    1. Founding Principles of the United States of America and North Carolina:  Civic Literacy
    2. Economics and Personal Finance
    3. American History
    4. World History
    One Health and Physical Education credit:
    1. Students are required to successfully complete CPR instruction to meet Healthful Living Essential Standards as a requirement for high school graduation.
    2. Accommodations/alternative assessments for students identified by ADA or IDEA will be provided.
    Two Elective credits of any combination from either:
    1. Career and Technical Education (CTE) or
    2. Arts Education or
    3. World Language

    Note: For clarification, possible elective combinations may include 2 World Language credits; or 1 CTE credit and 1 Arts Education credit; or 2 CTE credits; or 1 Arts Education credit and 1 World Language credit; or other combinations from a, b and c. 

    Four Elective credits from the following (four-course concentration recommended):
    1. Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    2. ROTC
    3. Arts Education (e.g., dance, music, theater arts, visual arts)
    4. Any other subject area or cross-disciplinary courses (e.g., mathematics, science, social studies, English and dual enrollment courses) 


    Policy Code: 3460 Graduation Requirements

    The Vance County Board of Education (the “board”) recognizes the importance of setting rigorous graduation requirements to help ensure that students are receiving an education that will prepare them to be career and college-ready and productive members of society.

    In order to graduate from high school, students must meet the following requirements:

    1. successful completion of all course unit requirements as described in Section A; and
    2. successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction.

     In addition, Vance Co. Early College High School aligns with VGCC Associate Degree requirements and NCDPI/VCS Future-Ready Core Course of Study as outlined below:


    Courses Required*

    State Requirements

    Local Requirements


    4 sequential (English I, II, III, and IV)


    (ENG 111, ENG 112, and ENG 231 or 232 satisfies English III graduation & associate degree requirements)



    4 (NC Math 1,2, and 3 and a fourth math course aligned with the student’s post-high school plans.)

    (Advance Functions & Modeling, MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 263, MAT 271, or MAT 272 satisfies fourth math graduation requirement)



    3 (a physical science course, Biology, and earth/environmental science)


    Social Studies

    4 (including American History:  Founding Principles, Civics and Economics; American History Parts I and II; and World History)****


    (HIS 131 and HIS 132 satisfy American History Parts I & II graduation & associate degree requirements for VCECHS 4-yr. graduates)



    1 (HEA110 & PED110 satisfies Health/PE graduation requirement)



    6 (2 World Language*****)


    (college course credits satisfies elective course graduation requirements)






    *** Students seeking to complete minimum course requirements for UNC universities must complete four mathematics courses, including a fourth math course with Math III as a prerequisite.  The math options chart is available here.

    **** American History:  Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics must follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) in its entirety and may not be satisfied by an AP/IB/CIE course, dual enrollment, or any other course that does not fully address the NCSCOS.

    ***** Students seeking to complete minimum course requirements for UNC universities must complete two credits of a single world language.

    VCECHS is a component of NCDPI Career & College Promise. See Dual Credit Allowances Chart for Career & College Promise dual credit allowances here. 

    VCS Graduation Board Policy may be obtained via VCS Schools link.


    VCECHS Early Graduation Requirements (less than five years)

    Spring semester of sophomore year, students are to inform VCECHS high school counselor and college liaison of intent to graduate in four years to discuss high school and college course graduation requirements.

    Only students with no more than one high school and eight college courses -by the end of the spring semester of their junior year-will gain consideration for approval to graduate in four years.

    Early graduates must complete all NCDPI/VCS high school graduation requirements and VGCC Associate Degree course work prior to graduation.

    Students must remain academically in good standing in VGCC to maintain enrollment in Vance County Early College H.S.