Academic Standards and Graduation Requirements

Academic Standards
Students in the Charter School of Excellence are expected to meet the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in section 4.12 of 22 PA Code. Students attending the Charter School of Excellence will be provided instruction in the following standards areas:

Graduation Requirements
Perseus House Charter School of Excellence
High School Education – Graduation Requirements

Public education prepares students for adult life by attending to their intellectual and developmental needs and challenging them to achieve at their highest level possible. Public education provides opportunities for students to:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills.
  • Develop integrity.
  • Process information.
  • Think critically.
  • Work independently.
  • Collaborate with others.
  • Adapt to change.

Instruction in the high school program shall focus on the development of abilities needed to succeed in work and advanced education through planned instruction. Curriculum and instruction shall be standards based and shall provide all students opportunities to develop skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluation and problem solving, and information literacy.

Requirements for high school graduation shall include course completion and grades, completion of a culminating project, mentoring and results of local assessments aligned with academic standards. Planned instruction includes objectives of planned courses, instructional units, and interdisciplinary studies.

Students attending the Perseus House Charter School of Excellence will be provided instruction in the following standards areas:

  • Language arts, integrating reading, writing, listening, speaking, literature, and grammar.
  • Mathematics, including problem-solving, mathematical reasoning, algebra, geometry, and concepts of calculus.
  • Science and technology, including life sciences, earth and space sciences, chemical sciences, and physical sciences.
  • Social Studies, including civics, government, economics, geography, and history.
  • The arts.
  • Use and application of microcomputers and software.
  • Health, Safety, and physical education.
  • Family and consumer science including principles of consumer behavior, knowledge of child health, and child care skills.

The Perseus House Charter School of Excellence program of instruction is delivered through standards based instruction and assessment. In order to complete requirements for graduation, students must successfully complete the following 22 Standards Based Units in the following areas:

Language Arts (4 Standards Units)

Mathematics (4 Standards Units)
Integrated Math
Advanced Topics

Social Studies (4 Standards Units)
Personal Development

Science (3 Standards Units)
Integrated Science
Environmental Science
Life Science
Advanced Topics

Research/Project (1 Standards Unit)

Technology (2 Standards Units)

Wellness/Fitness (2 Standards Units)
Family consumer Science
Physical Fitness

The Arts (2 Standards Units)
Students who attain a score at the proficient or advanced level on any State assessed discipline administered in grade 10, 11, or 12 shall be granted a Pennsylvania Certificate of Proficiency or Distinction for that discipline.