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Graduation Requirements

Dare County Schools Graduation and Promotion Standards

A student must:

  • Successfully complete his/her maximum potential for earning course credits over a four-year span less four credits. (Maximum potential is defined as an individual's opportunity to earn all high school credits available in a given year.)
  • Pass the required courses for the Future-Ready Core Course of Study or meet the requirements of the FRC Occupational Course of Study.
  • Complete a Graduation Project. The Graduation Project showcases skills learned throughout high school and includes four components: a research paper, a portfolio, a product and a presentation. 


With the use of "MAXIMUM POTENTIAL CREDITS" minus four as the method of determining graduation standards, there is not a single fixed number of credits required for all students. Differing schedules during students' high school careers may result in differing maximum potential credits.