Earning a Maine Township Diploma
In order to graduate from the Maine Township high schools, students must earn a minimum of 22.75 units of credit including:
- Four units of English.
- Three units of Mathematics.
- Three units in courses offered by the Social Science Department, including one unit in U.S. History and one-half (½) unit in Government
- Three units of a laboratory Science.
- Participation in, or exemption from, Physical Education during each semester of high school enrollment, with the exception of one semester during the sophomore year when all students are required to enroll in Health. The weighted grade point average does not include Physical Education.
- Satisfactory completion of one-half (½) unit of Health. If taken during the school year, the student is exempted from participating in physical education while enrolled in a health course. The grade point average does include the Health grade.
- An examination of the Declaration of Independence, the Flag of the United States, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois known as the Constitution Test.
- One-half unit of financial literacy which satisfies the consumer education requirement. *
- A minimum of 5 units of elective credit. Two units of elective credit must come from the following departments:
- Fine Arts (Music, Speech, Drama, Art), Applied Arts (Family and Consumer Science, Business), Applied Technology and World Languages
* This graduation requirement will take effect with the Class of 2025 and satisfy the State requirement of consumer economics. Successful completion of a course in Introduction to Business, Independent Living, Economics, Current Topics in Economics, Bilingual Current Topics in Economics, or AP Economics satisfies the 1/4-unit requirement of consumer education for the 2021-2022 school year after which those courses will no longer satisfy the State consumer economics requirement.
In addition to fulfilling the above requirements, in order to obtain a District diploma, students must take the state mandated high school accountability exam. Exceptions to this requirement will be permitted if: (i) the student’s individualized educational program (IEP) developed pursuant to Article 14 of the Illinois School Code and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act identifies the state mandated exam pursuant to Section 2-3.64(a) of the Illinois School Code due to the student’s lack of English language proficiency or (iii) the student is enrolled in a program of Adult and Continuing Education as defined in the Adult Education Act.