In order to receive a core technical certificate for an occupational, technical or vocational education program, a student must earn a minimum of 40 credits. Full-time students, in order to graduate, must earn 140 credits and meet all New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. All shared-time students must carry a minimum of ten credits each semester and 20 credits for each year. All fulltime students must carry a minimum of 20 credits per semester and 40 credits per year. For students in specialized programs that are approved by the Board of Education, the principal may grant an administrative waiver. All such requests must be submitted in writing. If the building principal approves the request, he/she will process it to the superintendent with a recommendation.
Minimum credits for advancement to the next grade shall be as follows:
Grade 10 – 35 credits including all NJDOE Core Curriculum Content Requirements
Grade 11 – 70 credits including all NJDOE Core Curriculum Content Requirements
Grade 12 – 105 credits including all NJDOE Core Curriculum Content Requirements
To graduate – 140 credits including all NJDOE Core Curriculum Content Requirements
The reason students need to recover failed courses and remain within five credits each year of graduation is that due to the course requirements and sequencing of career and technical classes, students are not afforded additional elective credits to make-up failed courses. Students who fail courses can recover credits through summer course offerings or online classes. Students who do not meet the minimum credits for advancement to the next grade may be removed from the program and return to their resident high school.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) CALCULATIONS
Grade point averages are calculated on two scales. GPA is stated as simple or weighted.
GPA formula (simple)
Grade points multiplied by potential credit earned divided by sum of potential credit
GPA formula (weighted)
Grade points plus added value multiplied by potential credit = calculation
Calculation divided by potential credit = weighted GPA
A = 4
B = 3
C = 2
D = 1
F = 0
College classes receives 1 additional GPA point on scale
Honors classes receives 0.5 additional GPA point on scale
The class rank is based upon a student’s weighted GPA. Class rank for full time students is considered on the number of full time students at the Career and Technical High School in that grade level regardless of academy or program.