Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Graduation Requirements 

Required Subject Areas


Required Courses

Humanities (ELA and Social Studies) - minimum of 9 credits



English 1, 2, 3, 4

All students are required to meet a performance standard for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing.

Social Studies


Modern American History, 1Cr.

Civics, .5Cr.

World Languages


Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, Language & Culture A/B

Fine Arts Elective


Courses in Art or Music

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) - minimum of 9 credits



Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, and a math elective

All students are required to meet a performance standard for Mathematics.



Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry*

Career and Technical Education


Courses in Engineering and Technology, Business and Finance, Family Consumer Science

STEM Elective


Courses in Math, Science, CTE, Business and Finance, Family Consumer Science

Physical Education and Health

Physical Education


.5 Cr each year



.5 Cr Grade. 9 Health and .5 Cr Grade 11 Health

Additional Credit Requirements

Elective credits beyond Required Subject Areas


Credit in Mastery-Based Diploma Assessment


Required Total Credits


All juniors are required to take Chemistry to prepare for the NGSS assessment.
The third credit can come from other electives if a student has a final grade below a 65. 

Mastery Experience Credit

Students in the class of 2023 and beyond will be required to earn one credit through a demonstration of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that form our Bristol Vision of the Graduate.  During the 2017 session, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act 17-20 amending the High School Graduation Requirements and included the requirement of “one credit mastery-based diploma assessment.”   This mastery credit will empower students to take ownership of their learning as they work through flexible routes toward a culminating experience in which students will demonstrate their ability to be self-sufficient and contribute meaningfully to our global society. Students will earn this credit byu following one of four pathways. Greater detail can be found here: Mastery Experience Credit Information. (link when completed)

Mastery Experience Annual Timeline

Freshmen Year

Exploratory year, review ME courses and options to obtain credit. Share the Bristol Public School’s Vision of a graduate, as an expectation for their impending project.             

Sophomore Year

Students can choose to enroll in a ME designated class, complete a student directed ME project, or continue to explore options

Junior Year

Aim to enroll in a ME designated class OR complete Student Directed ME by the end of the year.

Senior Year

If a student has not earned Mastery Experience credit a Defined Career or Mastery Seminar class must be completed.

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