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During the Spring of each year, counselors will meet individually with each student to select appropriate courses for the following school year. Our high school operates on a 4x4 block schedule, giving students an opportunity to take four classes a semester or classes totaling eight credits per year. Students must sign up for four classes each semester; please note that there are no study halls available for students. Certain courses are required, but many classes may be selected according to a student's interests. High school students will work toward completing one of the diplomas/certificates listed on the following pages.


The requirements for a student to earn a diploma from a Virginia high school shall be those in effect when that student enters the ninth grade for the first time. Students may be awarded a diploma or certificate upon graduation from a Virginia high school.  

If a student earns credit for a class prior to the ninth grade and decides to repeat the class at the high school, the student will receive the grade (credit) earned at the high school.  Grades earned prior to ninth grade will not be included in determining grade point average (GPA) or rank in class. 

Verified Credit - A verified unit of credit for graduation shall be based on a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction, passing/successful completion of the requirements of the course, and the achievement by the student of a passing score on the End-of-Course SOL test for that course.  

Standard Credit – A standard unit of credit for graduation shall be based on a minimum of 140 clock hours of instruction and passing/successful completion of the requirements of the course.

Standard Diploma - Students awarded a Standard Diploma shall earn 22 specific standard units of credit and the following number of verified units of credit:  two English, one mathematics, one laboratory science, one history/social science, and one verified unit of credit of the student’s choice. All students will fulfill a sequential vocational program meeting state requirements for a marketable skill or will take a program of studies preparing them for further education.

Advanced Studies Diploma - Students awarded an Advanced Studies Diploma shall earn 28 specific standard units of credit and the following number of verified units of credit: two English, two mathematics, two laboratory science, two history/social science, and one verified unit of credit of the student’s choice.

Modified Standard Diploma - The Modified Standard Diploma is intended for students at the secondary level who have a documented disability and are unlikely to meet the credit requirements for a Standard Diploma.  Eligibility and participation in the Modified Standard Diploma program shall be determined by the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) team and the student, where appropriate, at any point after the student’s eighth grade year.  The school must secure the written consent of the parent/guardian and the student to choose this diploma program after review of the student’s academic history and the full disclosure of the student’s options.  The student who has chosen to pursue a Modified Standard Diploma shall also be allowed to pursue the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma at any time throughout that student’s high school career.  The student must not be excluded from courses and tests required to earn a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma. Students pursuing the Modified Standard Diploma must pass the Grade 8 English: Literacy/ Language SOL and the Grade 8 Math SOL as prescribed by the State Board of Education.  Students in a Modified Standard Diploma program who are enrolled in a course that requires an end-of-course SOL test must take the test, but they do not have to pass the SOL test to satisfy the requirement for this diploma.  The Modified Standard Diploma will not be an option for students with disabilities who enter the ninth grade for the first time beginning in 2013-2014. 

Applied Studies Diploma - In accordance with the requirements of the Standards of Quality, students with disabilities who complete the requirements of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) and do not meet the requirements for other diplomas shall be awarded Special Diplomas.  

In accordance with the requirements of the Standards of Quality, students who complete prescribed programs of studies defined by the local school board but do not qualify for diplomas shall be awarded Certificates of Program Completion.  

In accordance with the provisions of the compulsory attendance law and Regulations Governing General Education Development Certificates, students who do not qualify for diplomas may earn a high school equivalency certificate or a General Achievement Diploma. 

In accordance with KGCS Policy JQ, students that are eligible to graduate in the summer shall not participate in the spring graduation ceremony prior to completing all requirements. Eligible summer graduates may be given the opportunity of participating in a ceremony at the conclusion of summer school or the graduation ceremony the following spring. 


1. Governor’s Seal - Students who complete the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of “B” (3.0) or better, and successfully complete at least nine (9) transferable college credits will receive the Governor’s Seal on their diploma.

2. Board of Education Seal - Students who complete the requirements for a Standard Diploma with an average grade of “A” (4.0 GPA or above) will receive a Board of Education Seal on their diploma. 

3. Career and Technical Education Seal - The Board of Education’s Career and Technical Education Seal will be awarded to students who earn a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma and complete a prescribed sequence of courses in a career and technical education concentration or specialization that they choose and maintain a “B” (3.0 GPA or above) average in those courses.

4. Students may receive other seals or awards for exceptional academic, career and technical, citizenship, or other exemplary performance in accordance with criteria defined by the local school board.  


Students who take a minimum of three (3) courses and qualify for the Honor Roll (A's - B's) or Distinguished Honor Roll (all A's) for the first five (5) marking periods are eligible for an academic honor pin.   


Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, students must carry a full academic schedule each semester to be eligible for Valedictorian and/or Salutatorian.

Local Verified Credit

Students seeking a Standard Diploma, who score 375-399 on any Science and/or Social Studies EOC/SOL, have taken the test at least twice and who have passed the course may apply, through their counselor, to request a Local Verified Credit.  A review panel will review information which provides evidence of the student’s achievement of adequate knowledge of the Standards of Learning content. The panel will have discretion in determining the information it will consider. That information may include, but is not limited to, results of classroom assignments, division wide exams, course grades, and additional academic assignments (e.g. papers, projects, essays or written questions) as the panel deems appropriate. Based on the evidence it reviews, the panel, whose decision is final, may: award the verified credit, deny the verified credit, or require participation in a remedial program and retesting, or make additional academic assignments prior to determining whether to award the verified credit.

 Industry Certification

 Students completing the required series of classes to become a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program completer are eligible to take an industry certification test.  Industry Certification Tests are available in the following career areas: Computer Information Systems, Design Multimedia Web Technology, Drafting, HVAC, Marketing, Sports Marketing, Sheet Metal, TV Video Production, Teacher Cadets, Welding, and Workplace Readiness.  The industry certification tests are a state or nationally recognized test that can help a student enter the workforce immediately after high school.











59 & below

All teachers will send Interim Reports at the mid-point of each grading period to inform parents of the student’s grade status at that time.  Parents are encouraged to continue to monitor class progress through communication with teachers and Parent Portal.  It should be understood that a student may be passing at the interim and yet fail that same grading period.



 The subjects below are designated as weighted courses:



Dual Enrollment

Advanced Placement

Add .5 point

Add 1 point

Add 1 point

Honors English 9

DE English 12

AP English 11

Honors English 10

DE Teacher Cadets

AP English 12

Honors English 11

DE Advanced Teacher Cadets

AP Statistics

Honors English 12


AP Calculus

Honors Algebra II


AP Biology



AP Physics

Honors Earth Science


AP Computer Science

Biology II: Advanced Survey


AP Human Geography

Honors Government


AP European History

Honors Earth Science


AP U.S. History

Spanish IV


AP US Government

French IV


AP Psychology

German IV


AP French

German V


AP Spanish

 All Dual Enrollment classes at Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School are weighted.

The AP, Dual Enrollment, and Honor classes at Commonwealth Governor’s School are weighted.



Grade classification is established at the beginning of the school year only.  No grade level changes will occur at the end of the first semester. Students’ grade classification will be as follows:


Grade 9

Less than 5 credits

Grade 10

5-9 credits

Grade 11

10-14 credits

Grade 12

15 or more credits and eligible for May graduation*

*Please Note: Any student with 15 credits who is not eligible to graduate in May 2018 will be placed in Grade 11.  Any Grade 11 student with 15 credits who is eligible to graduate in May 2018 and has written parent permission to graduate early, on file with their counselor, will be placed in Grade 12. Please discuss this option with your counselor.

In accordance with KGCS Policy JQ, students that are eligible to graduate in the summer shall not participate in the graduation ceremony prior to completing all requirements. Eligible students may be given the option of participating in a ceremony at the conclusion of summer school or the graduation ceremony the following spring. 


The Virginia High School League (VHSL) established academic guidelines are as followed:

  1. The student must be enrolled in and passing at least 3 classes.
  2. The student must have passed three subjects for credit during the previous semester.
  3. There are additional eligibility requirements outside of academic coursework. Please contact your counselor or athletic director for additional information. 


In order to participate in Division I or Division II athletics in college and receive athletically-based financial aid, students must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet eligibility standards. The Clearinghouse ensures that students are academically qualified to play by reviewing their high school transcripts.  Students register at the beginning of their junior year.  More information is available at



Students who fail a course during the first term may request to take the course again the second term if space is available. Exceptions include PE classes and Foreign Language classes. Students who fail a course may also go to summer school or take the course again next year.


Adding and dropping classes will be allowed ONLY during the second and third day of each semester.  After the designated days, the students will receive a W/F (Withdraw/Failing) on their transcripts.  After the first interim period, students who withdraw will be assigned an “F” and the grade will be recorded on the transcript and count on GPA/Class Rank.  All withdrawals after the two designated days must be approved by the Principal.



During course registration, students are given ample information, considerable guidance, and sufficient time to carefully select their courses.  Based upon these student requests, teachers are employed, instructional supplies and materials are purchased, and intensive planning is undertaken to construct the best possible master schedule.  Because of these factors, students are informed in the spring that their course selection will be considered final.  Barring grossly mitigating unforeseen circumstances, only in the following situations will be considered upon request: 

Keep in mind that your counselor can only change your schedule if there is a seat available in the class.

1.                  If you are in a course you already passed.

2.                  If you failed the course, registered for the course again and were assigned the same teacher.

3.                  If you are in a course that you did not choose on your course selection sheet.

4.                  If you received a course that you have not met the pre-requisite for.

5.                  If you are trying to balance your course load by semester.

Students who meet one or more of the above criteria or who have unusual problems with their schedules should confer with the school counseling department during the summer break.  All schedule changes must be completed by the designated dates, the second and third days of the semester.


                                    SEQUENCING OF COURSES

English - Students must take the appropriate grade-level English course each year until graduation.  Juniors who have failed a course may take two levels in consecutive terms to progress to grade level.  Under no circumstances may students take two English courses in a single term.

Foreign Language - Students are advised to take one level of a foreign language per year. 

Mathematics - Students may take more than one course per year. Please discuss this option with your counselor.

Science – Students are advised to take one required science course per year.  They should take more than one required science course only during the two semesters prior to graduation.


The only students who will be permitted to graduate before completing eight semesters are those seniors who have written permission from their parents or are 18 with a signed waiver.  There will be no January graduation ceremony.  All students who complete their graduation requirements at the end of the first semester may return for the June graduation ceremony.  Students also have the option of graduating in three years. This requires written permission of parents. Junior graduates will be ranked with the Senior class. Only students who have attended high school for four years will be designated as valedictorian or salutatorian. Students interested in either of these options need to meet with their counselor to plan accordingly.


In order to be exempt from exams, the student must meet each of the criteria below:

  1. Must have an “A” average in the class; 2. Must have no more than four unexcused absences from the class; 3. Does not have a discipline referral that resulted in Out of School Suspension; and 4. Passed any applicable SOL test during the semester.


Students must take exams on the designated exam days each semester.  If an absence is required, the student must complete the pre-approved absence form (available in the main office) and get administrative approval prior to the absence.  If a student is ill on an exam day, the student and/or parent shall contact the teacher within 48 hours to schedule a makeup exam.  Students must turn in an excusable note for being absent within 3 days of the absence to the attendance office in order for the absence to be excused.


AP is a program of college-level courses and exams that give high school students the opportunity to receive advanced placement and/or credit in college. The courses are available to students who are qualified and meet the background requirements.  Upon completion of the AP course, students will take the nationally administered examination in May.  Based on their score, students may receive college credit or advanced standing for each course taken.

Colleges are well aware (and studies show) that AP students, when compared with non-AP students are:

•              Better prepared academically on all college admission measures of ability and achievement

•              More likely to specialize in majors with tougher grading standards

•              More likely to complete more course work and to take a greater number of higher-level courses

                Less likely to drop out of school

•              More likely to perform significantly better over four years in their course work

•              More likely to be successful in terms of leadership and significant accomplishments

•              More likely to graduate with a double major

•              Twice as likely to go into advanced study such as Ph.D. programs, medicine, and law

If you are doing college-level work in high school in an AP or honors course, the AP examination can offer the following benefits:

•              The opportunity to sharpen your academic skills, allowing you to enter college with the confidence that you can succeed

•             Exemption by most colleges and universities from introductory courses and permission to take higher-level courses, enabling you to move ahead in areas of interest,                    and perhaps to complete your degree requirements earlier

•              An opportunity to demonstrate to college your ability and willingness to tackle more difficult courses

•              Academic credit that can give you a head start at more than 2,800 colleges

•              Tuition savings - finish college earlier

•              Time to explore subject areas that you would not otherwise be able to study and time to pursue internships or to study abroad

•              The opportunity to set a challenge for yourself and experience the satisfaction of meeting it

•              Eligibility for honors and other special programs open to students who have received AP recognition

The following AP courses are typically offered at KGHS. Please speak with your counselor to determine availability and pre-requisites. 


AP English Language

AP English Literature

AP Calculus

AP Statistics

AP US History

AP Human Geography

AP European History                   

AP US Government

AP Biology

AP Physics I

AP Computer Science    

AP French

AP Spanish

AP Psychology

*Additional AP Courses are available at CGS and through Virtual Virginia


The Early College Scholars program allows eligible high school students to earn at least 15 hours of transferable college credit while completing the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma. To qualify for the Early College Scholars program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. have a “B” average or better;
  2. be pursuing an Advanced Studies Diploma;
  3. take and complete college-level course work (i.e. – Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Dual Enrollment) that will earn at least 15 transferable college credits; and
  4. sign an Early College Scholars Agreement (included at back of booklet).

Students receive a certificate upon completion of the Early College Scholar program at graduation. The Virginia Department of Education pays the cost of Virtual AP tuition and test fees for students who sign an Early College Scholars Agreement.  Transferable college-level course work includes: DE English 12, DE Physics, AP courses, and Teacher Cadets.


Early College Scholars may enroll in Virtual Virginia Online AP Courses. Virtual Virginia course offerings are only available for those classes that are not taught at KGHS. In some cases of scheduling conflict or special circumstances of credit accrual, acceleration or enrichment, exceptions can be made to this policy. Students are encouraged to meet with their counselor to discuss their plans for Virtual Virginia courses BEFORE April 1. Students must enroll in these courses by May 15 and attend a regularly scheduled classroom environment at KGHS. A contract is required.   Adding and dropping classes will be allowed ONLY during the second and third day of each semester.  After the designated days, the students will receive a W/F (Withdraw/Failing) on their transcripts.  After the first interim period, students who withdraw will be assigned an “F” and the grade will be recorded on the transcript and count on GPA/Class Rank.                                                                                                                                                                                              


Credit recovery, credit accrual, acceleration and enrichment courses are also available using Apex Learning at KGHS. This option will be considered for some students where the need to recover only one or two course credits is all that stands between them and graduation from high school. These students will have already satisfied seat time requirements for a course in which they were unsuccessful — and may have learned a significant amount of what was expected of them. These students are seeking an opportunity to accelerate through the required course material to earn those final credits. 


Grades 9-12

The Commonwealth Governor’s School (CGS) is an academic year governor’s school that provides gifted and highly motivated high school students with a challenging, differentiated, and interdisciplinary program in science, mathematics, social sciences, and English.  This half-day program utilizes real-time interactive audio/visual technology, field experiences, and team teaching to create a regional community of learners from Stafford, King George, and Spotsylvania Counties.  Students take all classes at KGHS.

The CGS curriculum is problem-based, student-oriented, and designed to focus on community issues of environment, development, and service.  High speed Internet access, desktop video conferencing, and e-mail enable students to reach worldwide resources for special interest projects and in-depth research.  Advanced Placement options are available.  Students participate in electives and activities at their home-based high school.

Visit the CGS website at  See your school counselor for application information.  Application deadline is usually at the start of second semester.

Subject Area

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade


Honors English 9

Honors English 10

AP English Language and Composition*

AP English Literature and Composition


Honors Algebra II

Honors Geometry w/ Trig


Honors Math Analysis w/ Discrete Topics

Honors Math Analysis w/ Discrete Topics


AP Calculus BC

AP Calculus BC


AP Statistics


AP Environment Science

AP Biology*

DE Chemistry#*

AP Physics B

Social Studies

AP European History*

AP US Government

AP US History*

AP Human Geography*


2 week summer session (optional)

2 week summer session (optional)



Research (optional)


*SOL/EOC Test Administered

#College credit available through dual enrollment

All AP classes have an AP exam at the end of the course


 Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School

Grades 10 - 12

Focus:    Marine and Environmental Studies

Mission:  The Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science provides a community of learners with the opportunity to explore connections among the environment, math, science, and technology and develops leaders who possess the research and technical skills, global perspective, and vision needed to address the challenges of a rapidly changing society.

Serving:  Students from Caroline, Essex, Gloucester, King George, King William, King and Queen, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond County, and Westmoreland Public Schools

Site:  Caroline School Board Office – Students are transported by King George County transportation from King George High School.


10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Block 1 and 2


Algebra II and Trigonometry


Foundations in Science



Environmental Science I



Environmental Science II

Block 3 and 4


KGHS Classes

KGHS Classes

KGHS Classes


Admission Criteria:         

  • ·         High ability rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.
  • ·         Have a “B” average.
  • ·         Score 85% or higher composite/total score on a standardized achievement and/or ability test OR an 85% or higher on a math or science/quantitative subtest.
  • ·         Have successfully completed the following: Algebra I, Geometry, and Earth Science.

To apply, rising sophomores, juniors and seniors should see their counselor and request an application or access one from the KGCS website when available. Application deadline is usually at the start of second semester. Visit the CBGS web-site at:

  •            Interested students who do not meet the above criteria must provide a letter of explanation with application.
  • ·         All courses meet or exceed the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements, as well as offer Dual Enrollment credit through Rappahannock Community College.
  • ·         Admission decisions will be made at the local school division level.


Notice of Non-Discrimination

King George County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Elizabeth Yezierski, Supervisor of Human Resources
PO Box 1239
King George, VA 22485