Graduation Requirements

Students who have entered Baylor in a lower grade or who enter Baylor in the ninth grade must earn at least 23 credits in the upper school to graduate. Students who enter Baylor in any grade past the ninth grade must have at least 19 approved credits to graduate from Baylor. If students enter Baylor in the 10th grade, 16 of those approved credits must be Baylor credits. If students enter Baylor in the 11th grade, 11 of those approved credits must be Baylor credits. If students enter Baylor in the 12th grade, 5 of those approved credits must be Baylor credits.

When calculating credits, please note that a course that lasts one year is equal to 1 credit, while a course that lasts one semester is equal to 0.5 of a credit.

All Baylor students must take six classes. Additionally, every Baylor upper school student is required to pass a minimum of four courses (excluding athletic requirements). Failure to do so may jeopardize a student’s ability to return to or to graduate from Baylor.

Upper School Departmental Requirements

English: Four credits are required. Students must take a full year of English at each grade level.

Fine Arts: One credit is required. Students may earn that credit by taking either one course that lasts for a year or two courses lasting one semester each.

World Language: Two credits are required. All students are required to take two consecutive years of the same language in the upper school.

Mathematics: Four credits are required. Students must complete the basic sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II and also take one course beyond Algebra II. Students must take a full year of math at each grade level.

Science: Three credits are required. Students may fulfill that requirement by taking biology, chemistry, and physics. Students who have demonstrated proficiency in science and have taken the necessary prerequisite courses may, with the approval of the department, take an AP science course in place of the physics requirement.

Social Studies: Three credits are required. Students ordinarily fulfill this requirement by taking World History I, World History II, or AP World History, and US History or AP US History.