About Graduation Requirements

The Martin County Board of Education in conjunction with the NC State Board of Education and the General Assembly establish graduation requirements.  As they are ever changing and currently under review, these resources should be viewed as a guide only.

Attached to the right is the official High School Planning Guide for Martin County Schools.  

Course Descriptions: A description of courses is provided in the planning guide on pages 24 - 44.  Please keep in mind that not all courses listed in the guide are offered at Riverside High School.

FRC: Future Ready Core

The FRC or Future Ready Core is the series of graduation requirements required for most students to graduate high school.

Students may take honors courses when available to meet requirements.  Please also look at the dual enrollment credits that may be taken to satisfy graduation requirements.  These are available for your review on this page as well.

The CCRG legislation requires high school juniors, with a GPA between 2.2 and 2.799, who do not meet career and college ready benchmarks, to take CCRG courses in English and Math.  This will be new the 2020 - 2021 academic year and will be embedded in Math III and English IV.

2021 - 2022 High School Registration Guide

FRC: Graduation Requirements Video

FRC Graduation Requirements

OCS: Occupational Course of Study Graduate

The OCS or Occupational Course of Study graduation guidelines are for students with an IEP who have this course of study identified in their Individual Education Plan.

Not all students with an IEP follow the OCS graduation guidelines; however, all students that follow the OCS graduation guidelines have an IEP.

If you are uncertain as to what course of study you follow, please reach out to your EC Case Manager or School Counselor for clarification.

OCS: Graduation Requirements Video

Graduation Checklists

Future Ready Core

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Math Options

Students in North Carolina need four credit units in Math to meet graduation requirements.  For FRC students, your fourth level of math should be aligned with your post-high school plans.

If you are planning on attending a 4-year college or university after high school you have to be careful your 4th math meets graduation requirements and admission standards for college.  Generally, this means you have to pass at least one of these higher level math options:

  • Math IV     

  • Advanced Functions & Modeling (for 2019-2020 & earlier)

  • Pre-Calculus

  • MAT 171 or MAT 172 at Martin Community College

If you do not plan to attend a 4-year college or university; any of the above listed math courses will meet your 4th math requirements, but you may also take Accounting as your 4th Math from 2020-2021 and after or Principles of Business and Finance from 2019 - 2020 and earlier.

Promotion Standards

Martin County Schools' requirements for placement at grade levels beyond 9th grade are as follows:

From 9th to 10th grade:

6 credit units including English I and 1 additional core credit.

From 10th to 11th grade:

12 credit units including English I, English II and 3 core credits.

From 11th to 12th grade:

18 credit units including English I, English II, English III and 5 core credits.

Promotion Standards Info. Page

Course Levels

For all grades earned in 2015 - 2016 and beyond, percentage grades will be converted to quality points in the following manner:

Letter grade     Standard Course        Honors             AP/College

A = 90 - 100                    4                    4.5                      5

B = 80 - 89                      3                    3.5                      4

C = 70 - 79                      2                    2.5                      3

D = 60 - 69                      1                    1.5                      2

F = Less than 60              0                     0                        0 

Course Level Options:

Honors: Available on campus look at course description in catalog.

AP Courses: Available through NCVPS.

College Courses: Offered at Martin Community College for those who qualify.

Course Options

You'll find many courses at Riverside High School are offered in the traditional classroom setting with a face-to-face instructor. Most of these courses are offered at both the standard and honor levels.

In the event you are looking for something different, Riverside High School has the following course options for those students who qualify:

North Carolina Virtual Public Schools:

NCVPS is an online medium to offer courses at standard, honors and AP levels of rigor.  These are for classes not offered at Riverside High School campus and students must meet certain parameters.  Please talk with your school counselor if you are interested in one of these courses and have a course identified. 

Martin Community College:

College-Level courses for students that qualify.  Courses are available under the Career & College Promise Program for both courses that transfer for college credit and CTE / Career & Technical Education Courses. 

Career & College Promise

Career & College Promise offers North Carolina high school students a clear path to success in college or in a career.  Tuition is free to all students who maintain a "B" average and meet other eligibility requirements.  The CCP courses count for high school credit and towards students' GPA.

There are two pathways to choose from.  Both pathways have criteria which must be met to participate.

College Transfer:

The College Transfer Pathway can lead to an Associate in Arts for non-STEM majors OR an Associate in Science for STEM majors.

Technical Career:

The Technical Career Pathway focuses on Career & Technical Education clusters and can lead to a credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career.

Additional Information

Early Graduation

Riverside High School offers a mid-year graduation ceremony for students that qualify and choose to graduate early.  This ceremony provides the same dignity and experience as the traditional end of year ceremony.  The mid-year ceremony is generally smaller, which allows students to invite unlimited number of guests.

There is a process and deadline to apply for early graduation.  It is imperative that you communicate your intentions with your school counselor.  At your senior meeting (usually completed by the end of September) please make sure you tell your school counselor your intentions regarding early graduation so that the appropriate forms can be completed.  Failure to do this could impact your ability to graduate early. 

Graduation Recognitions:

Diploma Endorsements

The state recognizes this student's who go above and beyond the minimum graduation requirements by offering a series of Endorsements.  The Endorsement is recognized on their diploma.  Each endorsement has a series of criteria that must be met in order for the student to earn said Endorsement on their diploma.  Please see page 21 - 23 in the High School Planning Guide for criteria for each Endorsement.

SUPPORT DURING CORONAVIRUS: Please email or schedule a phone conference from registration page.

COVID-19 Crisis Protocol

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are following guidelines established by the governor, NC Board of Education, NC DPI and Martin County Schools' Board of Education.  Social distancing will will be strictly enforced for everyone's safety; therefore, all conferences will be completed via telephone or electronic video conferencing.

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Williamston, NC 27892
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Kelvin Chadwick 
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