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Lower Merion School District


Minimum Graduation Requirements

Students are urged to make the best use of their time by enrolling in courses at appropriate levels of challenge that will offer them a rigorous program of studies throughout their four years. This generally means that students should earn more than the minimum number of credits required for graduation. A total of 21 credits are required for graduation and a diploma from Lower Merion School District. All students are required to take the minimum of 5.25 credits each year. NOTE: These graduation requirements are governed by Lower Merion School Board Policy.

These credits are in the following areas:


Four Courses Minimum

  • English 1: 1.0 credit
  • English 2: 1.0 credit
  • Grade 11: 1.0 credit (Additional full year English course)
  • Grade 12: 1.0 credit (Additional full year English course)

Social Studies (Recommended Sequence)

Four Courses Minimum

  • Global Studies 1 (Grade 9): 1.0 credit
  • Global Studies 2 (Grade 10): 1.0 credit
  • US History (Grade 11): 1.0 credit
  • US Government (Grade 12): 1.0 credit


Three Courses Minimum

  • Mathematics Courses: 3.0 credits


Three Courses Minimum

  • Science Courses: 3.0 credits

Arts & Humanities Electives

Arts and Humanities, as defined by the PA Department of Education, include courses in the humanities (English and/or Social Studies courses beyond the minimum graduation requirements listed above), World Languages, Music, Art, Family Consumer Science, Business Education, and Technology Education. No other coursework can be counted in this area.

Health and Physical Education

8 semesters (2 semesters per year-one per semester) of PE plus one year of Health

  • PE 9: 0.33 credits
  • PE 10: 0.33 credits
  • Health (Grade 10): 0.667 credits
  • PE 11: 0.33 credits
  • PE 12: 0.33 credits

Senior Project

Seniors, as a condition of graduation, complete a culminating Senior Experience.

  • Senior Project: 0.5 credits