Credit Distribution

Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022

To graduate from West Hartford Public Schools, a student must satisfactorily earn a minimum of 21.75 units of credit and must have met the credit distribution requirements.  Students must also meet four performance standards: literacy, mathematics, science and technology.  

A. English: 4.0 credits

B. Mathematics: 3.0 credits

C. Science: 2.0 credits

1 credit in Physical Science
1 credit in Life Science

D. Arts and/or Career & Technical Education: 1.0 credit

E. Social Studies: 3.0 credits

1 credit in Modern World History
1 credit in U.S. History
 .5 credit in American Government
.5 credit in an elective

F. Physical Education & Health: 1.75 credits

G. Electives*:  7.0 credits

TOTAL: 21.75 credits

Class of 2023 and thereafter

For classes graduating in 2023 and thereafter, a student must satisfactorily earn a minimum of 25 credits and have met the credit distribution requirements.  Students must also meet performance standards in literacy, mathematics, and science.

A graduate must earn 25 total units inclusive of the following.

A.  Humanities (9 units)

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of Social Studies
    - inclusive of 1 unit of US History
    - inclusive of 1 unit of World History
    - inclusive of ½ unit of American Government / Civics
  • 1 unit of World Language
  • ½ unit of the Arts

B.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (9 units)

  • 3 units of Mathematics
  • 3 units of Science
    - inclusive of 1 unit of Physical Science
    - inclusive of 1 unit of Life Science

C.  Physical Education and Health (2 units)

  • 1 unit of Physical Education
  • 1 unit of Health Education

D.  Mastery Experience (1 unit)
E.  Electives (4 units)

TOTAL: 25 credits

*any subjects chosen outside of the basic requirements for graduation

Legal References:
Public Act 17-42, An Act Concerning Revisions to the High School Graduation Requirements
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-5c, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-14n, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-16b, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-221a, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-223a

Earning Credit

Credit is granted on a semester basis. For each semester of successful work in a subject meeting five times per week .5 credit is granted. For subjects meeting less than five times a week, such as PE and Health courses, .25 credit is granted.

WHPS students successfully completing either Algebra 1 or programming equivalent to year one of a high school World Language course taken at the middle school level, may have these courses recognized for credit on their high school transcript with a grade of PASS.

On occasion, students may request taking a course outside of their home school and apply it to the graduation requirements. A request for external course credit must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment in any such course work. Grades earned in external courses are recorded as PASS on student transcripts and are not factored into the GPA. 

No credit will be given when a student repeats a subject for which he/she has already received credit except in the performing music courses, in special work experience programs and in other individual cases with prior approval.

Note: Attendance policy violations may result in the loss of credit. Attendance violations involving the potential loss of credit are subject to administrative reviewSee the student handbook for details of the attendance policy.

Minimum Credit Requirements for Grade Advancement

Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022:

  • Grade 10:  4.0 credits
  • Grade 11:  9.0 credits
  • Grade 12:  15.0 credits

Class of 2023 and thereafter:

  • Grade 10:  5 credits
  • Grade 11:  11 credits
  • Grade 12:  17 credits

Early Graduation and/or Early Admission to College

It is expected that most students will graduate from high school after having attended for four years (grades 9-12) and having earned the required number of credits.

A student contemplating graduating in three (3) years should inform their school counselor by the end of his/her sophomore year. A formal written request to graduate early must be submitted in writing to the principal.  Specific details outlining the reasons for this request must be clearly indicated. Upon approval, the student is moved into the senior class and must meet all graduation requirements.

Grading System

The following grading system is in use. Please note plus and minus is not computed into GPA.

Letter Grade Numerical Equivalent
A+ 97-100
A 93-96
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D+ 67-69
D 63-66
D- 60-62
F 0-59

* Grades for Health will be included in G.P.A. PE classes are not included.

Academic Honors and Grade Point Average (GPA)

At the end of each quarter, students who achieve an average of 3.60 or higher in all credit subjects with no grade below a “C” receive maximum honors (at least five such subjects must be on a letter-grade basis). Those who earn an average of 3.0 to 3.59 on a similar basis receive general honors.

In arriving at averages:

  • A = 4
  • B = 3
  • C = 2
  • D = 1

An extra .5 is added to the GPA value for each honors or Advanced Placement course. If an honors and AP course are offered in the same subject, the honors course is then weighted by adding a .25 (i.e. Honors Biology).

A grade of ‘P’ (Pass) does not impact the calculation of GPA, but could impact honor roll eligibility. A grade of ‘D’, ‘F’, ‘Z’ or ‘Inc’ (Incomplete) in any subject including physical education will exclude a student from honors.

Students must carry a minimum of 5.0 credits (enrolled in 5 classes per semester) plus PE per year to be considered both a full-time student and eligible for Honor Roll status. Any independent study work (DIS) would be considered an addition to these minimum requirements.

District Performance Standards

Each local and regional board of education shall specify the basic skills necessary for graduation, and for each graduating class thereafter, and include a process to assess a student's level of competency in such skills. Assessment criteria shall include, but shall not exclusively be based on, the results of the state's mastery examination. West Hartford students must meet Performance Standards Requirements in the areas of literacy, math, science.   Students who meet the state benchmarks for college and career readiness will have evidence of this achievement recorded on the test record component of their high school transcript.

A. Literacy - Reading:  Students read and comprehend complex texts independently demonstrating proficiency in summarizing, identifying author’s purpose/ text structure, main idea and appropriate evidence, understanding words in context, and analyzing key details.  Writing:  Students will construct written work that demonstrates  an awareness of organizational structure, development of ideas through elaboration and evidence, and application of a formal style including the proper use of standard English conventions.

B. Math:  Students solve problems, explain their reasoning, and justify solutions in writing. Students will also demonstrate procedural fluency and conceptual understanding of core mathematical content within the domains of number and quantity, algebraic reasoning, geometry and measurement, data analysis, and patterns, logic, and modeling.

C. Science:  Students plan and conduct an investigation or investigate a case study to answer an identified problem. Students analyze data to identify patterns/trends and construct an explanation using evidence.

Meeting the District Performance Standards

A. National and State Examinations: The primary means for students to meet the District Performance Standards in literacy, mathematics and science will be through performance on national and state assessments.

  • Students meet the district performance standards by earning a score of 480 on the SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) assessment and 520 on the SAT Mathematics section. 
  • Students meet the district performance standards by scoring at a proficient level on a set of predetermined subscores in EBRW (History/Social Studies Cross Test-20, Science Cross Test-20, Words in Context -7, Command of Evidence-6) and in mathematics (History/Social Studies Cross Test-20, Science Cross Test-20, Heart of Algebra -7, Problem Solving and Data Analysis -6).
  • Students meet the district performance standards in science by earning a score of proficient or higher on the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) assessment.

  • Students meet the District Performance Standard by achieving a college and career readiness benchmark on the ACT examination in English (22), Reading (18), Math (22) or Science (24).

B. College Level Course Examinations:

  • Students meet the District Performance Standard by earning a grade of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement tests in English, U.S. History, Math, or Science

  • Students meet the District Performance Standard by earning a grade of 70 or higher on a UConn/Early College Experience examination in designated classes.

C. District Assessments:

  • Students meet the District Performance Standard by demonstrating proficiency through a portfolio review of specific assessments in their English, social studies , math and science courses.

  • Students meet the District Performance Standard by scoring at proficient or higher on the district proficiency assessments and or projects in their senior year.


Failure to Meet the Graduation Requirements

If a senior is not eligible for graduation with the class due to not earning the minimum required graduation credits and/or performance standards, then the student may:

A.  Enroll in summer school and meet the requirements or

B.  Enroll in courses pre-approved by the administration and meet the requirement or

C.  Make special arrangements for re-testing to meet the performance standard as outlined in section I or

D.  Return to high school as a fifth year student and meet the requirements


Students in jeopardy of not graduating due to failure of meeting the graduation requirements students and families will be notified in January of the students junior year. Students who have not met the district performance standards will also be notified pending the release of the state assessment results.


Power School Parent Portal

The Parent Portal is an integrated tool that allows parents to use any computer with Internet access to view specific information about their child/children, including items such as attendance, assignments and grades. We believe that this tool will further enhance the communication between parents and teachers and aid in our partnership as we work to provide the best education possible. If you do not have Internet access at home, please visit any branch of the West Harford Public Library or other community resource centers where computers are available, such as the Elmwood Community Center.

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