Students graduating from an Arkansas Public School or Public Charter School must meet or exceed the following state minimum 22 graduation credit requirements as adopted by the Arkansas State Board of Education. Smart Core is the set of course requirements for all Arkansas public high school students. Because we know how important it is to graduate all students ready to succeed in college and career — the Arkansas Department of Education has created a Graduation Requirement and Course Requirement Handout in addition to Smart Core consent and waiver forms. They are available via the links on the right side of this page. Schools should use these forms to help explain to students and parents the importance of completing the Smart Core curriculum and also to provide appropriate information regarding potential negative consequences of waiving a student’s participation in Smart Core.
*Algebra II and a math beyond Algebra II or Computer Science Flex Credit are required if Smart Core. Algebra II and/or fourth math may be replaced by another approved course if Smart Core is waived.
Director of Curriculum and Assessment
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 682-4558
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