In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, students must fulfill the department requirements, 100 total credits, and the state of Massachusetts requirements.
REQUIREMENTS BY THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS
Students must earn a competency determination in each of the following three disciplines via the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS): English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering.
Students must satisfy one of the following two conditions to earn a competency determination in English Language Arts and Mathematics: meet or exceed the Proficient threshold scaled score of 240 on the grade 10 MCAS tests, or meet or exceed the Needs Improvement threshold scaled score of 220 on the grade 10 MCAS test and fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP). The fulfillment of an Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP) may require a student to complete additional course work beyond that required of Newton North High School for graduation.
To earn a competency determination in Science and Technology/Engineering a student must meet or exceed the Needs Improvement threshold scaled score of 220 on one discipline-specific high school science and technology/engineering MCAS test (biology, chemistry, introductory physics or technology/engineering). Most students at Newton North High School take the introductory physics test in the spring of their freshman year.