Diploma of Distinction Consideration Form Class of 2018
Rio Rancho Public Schools Diploma of Distinction Program is an initiative that encourages students to take challenging courses while in high school. This course of study gives students the foundation they need to succeed in a technical school, community college, university, the military, or industry. In order to be recognized with a Diploma of Distinction, a member of the Class of 2018 must meet the requirements listed below:

Rio Rancho Public Schools Diploma of Distinction – requires completion of 28 credits with no grade lower than a C. Weighted course letter grades will not be adjusted.

• 4 *English credits – English 9, 10, 11, 12
• 4 *Social Studies credits – NM History/Geography, World History, US History, Economics/Government
• 4 *Science credits – Must include: Earth & Space/Conceptual Physics**; two of the following: Chemistry, Biology, or Physics: as well as one additional science elective.
• 4 *Math credits – Must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Trigonometry equivalent or higher College Algebra, AP Stats (Financial Algebra, transitions to college math, or Everyday Stats do not qualify)
• 2 World Language credits in the same language
• 1 Physical Education credit
• .5 Health credit (starting with the class of 2016)
• 0.5 Technology credit
• 0.5 Fine Arts credit
• 7.5 elective credits
• Students must have a 3.0 GPA at the end of semester 7 (the fall semester of the senior year)
• Students must earn two credits of AP (Advanced Placement) coursework.

*AP (Advanced Placement) or Pre AP courses may be substituted for standard level courses (i.e., AP English 12 may be substituted for English 12).
**An alternate 9th grade science course may be substituted for incoming transfer students.


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