CourseofStudy

It’s a simple truth, most jobs require education after high school. Some careers offer specialized training, others require advanced degrees, but today’s students need to be prepared for how to learn, not just what to learn. This means challenging yourself now, so you have the tools and understanding to learn more advanced techniques in the future. Research shows students who complete coursework at or above the New Hampshire Scholars Core Course of Study have better options for the future. That means more job offers, better job offers, and higher salaries.

Remember, the Core Courses listed below are minimal requirements to graduate as a NH Scholar.  We encourage students to complete a foreign language course and Algebra I in middle school.  This will allow you to hit the ground running in 9th grade.  But remember, you still need to take four years of math and two years of foreign language in high school regardless of your middle school curriculum.  Also, be aware that many selective colleges do require two to three years (four to six semesters) of the same high school foreign language to qualify for admissions.

Please visit your guidance office as your high school may require additional items approved by NH Scholars.  The statewide average GPA for NH Scholars graduates is 3.4.  But remember, if you do not successfuly complete a course for credit, it does not count.

In addition to the original NH Scholars Core listed below, students can now further personalize their education and be recognized for pathways with NH Scholars STEM Emphasis and NH Scholars Art Emphasis. Please click here for the new pathway opportunities. NH Scholars Pathways and Flyer

To review requirements for each pathway, select from the list below:

  • Standard Core Course of Study
  • STEM Core Course of Study
  • Arts Core Course of Study

NH Scholars Standard Core Course of Study

COURSES YEARS
EnglishEnglish I, English II, English III, English IV 4
Mathematics Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and one other competency 4
Science Including 3 years of Labs chosen from Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, etc. 3
Social Studies Chosen from U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Economics,Government, Psychology, and others as approved by individual schools 3.5
Languages Two years of the same language other than English 2
STEM Course of Study
COURSES (3.2 Minimum GPA) YEARS
English English I, English II, English III, English IV 4
Mathematics Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and one other competency 4
Science Including 3 years of Labs chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and others as approved by individual schools 4
Social Studies Chosen from U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Economics,Government, Psychology, and others as approved by individual schools 3.5
Languages Two years of the same language other than English 2
STEM Atleast one more year chosen from Technology, Engineering, Computers, Advanced Manufacturing, Science, Math, CTE Program, Project Lead The Way, and others as approved by individual schools 1
Arts Course of Study
COURSES (3.2 Minimum GPA) YEARS
English English I, English II, English III, English IV 4
Mathematics Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and one other competency 4
Science Including 3 years of Labs chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and others as approved by individual schools 3
Social Studies Chosen from U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Economics,Government, Psychology, and others as approved by individual schools 3.5
Languages Two years of the same language other than English 2
Arts Chosen from Visual Arts, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Graphic Design, and others as approved by individual schools 2