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High School Diploma Program
Curriculum and Graduation Requirements

Our school provides flexibility in curriculum and serves various kinds of students, ranging from homeschoolers who wish to earn an accredited traditional diploma to young adults who have left traditional schools to working adults. You will notice that we try to provide slightly different requirements to suit the needs of different students rather than putting everyone into one pre-cut form.

High school students in our diploma program can also earn college credits through our Postsecondary Division. By taking classes in the Postsecondary Division, high school students can earn both high school and college credit at the same time.  Students can thus arrive at college already with college credits to their name.  (Note that CALCampus screens students for enrollment in college courses so that students are not placed into courses that are too advanced for them).


College-Bound
Career-Bound/General Diploma
Full-Time vs. Part-Time
Electives and Advising

Curriculum for College-Bound Students

Students whose aim is to attend college will be interested in our curriculum for college-bound students. Note that certain college-bound students may be eligible for advanced level courses from our Postsecondary Division. Here are the overall requirements for students planning for college:

(4) Language Arts/English
(4) Social Sciences (includes American history, government, economics; world geography/world history)
(3) Mathematics
(2) Natural Science (physical and biological)
(1) Humanities Elective
(1/2) Fine Arts/Performing Arts
(1/2) Health Education
(1) Physical Education
(1) Applied Computer Applications
(3) Electives

Minimum Total: 20 credits

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Curriculum for Career-Bound Students and General Diploma

Students who are not planning to attend college, but whose aim is to go into the workforce soon after graduation or to earn their diploma for personal enhancement, will be interested in our career-bound/general diploma curriculum. This curriculum also appeals to working adults who may need a diploma for advancement within the workforce. We recognize adults' learning that may have come from non-school sources.

In this curriculum, you will notice that fewer math courses are required. As a result, there is more room in the schedule for career-oriented electives, such as paralegal, business, and computer courses. Here are the requirements for the career-bound/general diploma:

(4) Language Arts/English
(4) Social Sciences (includes American history, government, economics; world geography/world history)
(2) Mathematics (consumer math; algebra)
(2) Natural Science (physical and biological)
(1) Humanities Elective
(1/2) Fine Arts/Performing Arts
(1/2) Health Education
(1) Physical Education
(1) Applied Computer Applications
(4) Electives

Minimum Total: 20 credits

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Courses are accepted in transfer from prior high school studies and secondary level homeschool studies. Any courses not already taken are provided by CALCampus to fulfill the graduation requirements. Course descriptions follow:

English, Humanities, Foreign Language, Fine Arts
Mathematics
Social Sciences
Natural Science and Health
Business and Professional Studies
Computer Science

Through analysis of your prior high school/homeschool academic record (and for adults, your employment and training resume), we provide our students with an individualized course plan that fulfills the requirements for your high school diploma.

Notes:

  • American History (includes full-year survey of American history; New Hampshire residents will also study NH state history and government)
  • American Government (includes also Voter Responsibilities and study of the US Constitution)
  • Research Procedures (required)
  • Law & Society (Senior Paper)
  • Applied Computer Applications (students are automatically awarded high school credit for their Internet Research, Internet Communications, and Applied Word Processing as a result of doing our program)
  • Physical Education: You might wonder how someone in an online program can do physical education. We have planned for this. PE is fulfilled in one's location as an Independent Study, following instructions provided by CALCampus. Students may do a variety of personal activities or arrange for group participation in one's locale. Flexibility is designed into our PE so that even physically challenged students can fulfill the requirement.

All students will exhibit mastery of the fundamentals of Reading Comprehension, through the successful completion of a pretest in reading comprehension. If the pretest results show that remediation is needed, students will be provided with individualized course study tailored to the weaknesses revealed through the diagnostic pretest.

Students in our College-Bound curriculum are required to document unpaid service to their community prior to graduation. This can also include unpaid service for a religious organization. Colleges and employers value community service experience.

Students under 23 years of age are required to pass three proctored Competency Examinations after completing their course work and prior to graduation. These cover Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

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Full-Time vs. Part-Time

We recognize the fact that some students may have jobs, family responsibilities, or for any other reason may not have the time and wherewithal to attend full-time. We allow students to choose their preferred status and number of courses per 12-week term so that they can better afford their program and better fit it into their home and work schedule.

Most students take three courses per 12-week term, which is considered full-time and allows one to complete his/her diploma program in one year if entering with two years of prior high school study. We do allow part-time status which would be taking only one or two courses at a time; but that will take you longer to graduate, depending on how many courses you need.

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Electives, Advising, and Career Planning

Students planning on entering colleges in the future should plan on taking more than the minimum core curriculum. Students with career goals in mind have the option of taking a variety of electives in career fields. We provide academic and career counseling and will suggest appropriate courses to supplement the core, upon your request.

The student has some flexibility in the course selection for electives. Selection of electives is done between the student and the Director. Some students enter with many of their electives already completed from prior schooling. Others need to take electives through CALCampus.

Upper level high school diploma students may enroll in courses from the CALCampus Postsecondary Division, if they fulfill the pre-requisites for the course and have approval of the Director and instructor. CALCampus offers many courses that can help prepare a student for careers in business and legal studies. We also offer a good selection of elective courses in the humanities and social sciences.

The CALCampus Director and Faculty welcome questions from current and prospective students concerning academic advising. Communication is done via e-mail with students to answer such questions. CALCampus also provides career planning information for its students.

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