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Guide to Courses

Pathways to Your Future


Welcome to "Pathways to Your Future," the Guide to High School Credit Courses for Albemarle County Public Schools. This guide is provided as a tool to enable you to embrace learning, to excel in your work and readiness for a career and education beyond high school, and to own your future!

January is the time of year for students to make plans and to choose courses for the coming school year. As a part of this process, the Guide to High School Credit Courses is provided to assist you with course selections and long-term educational and career planning. School counselors, in collaboration with parents and teachers, assist each student in planning a program of study and selecting courses for the next school year.

How to Use this Guide

Process Timeline »
Course Selection Worksheet »

Please download your Course Selection Worksheet, a five-year planning form. This form does not take the place of your career plan; rather, it is meant to be used as a planning worksheet by you, your parents, and your school counselor.

Learn more about career planning​ »

This guide is organized in sections as outlined in the top-left menu. It begins by identifying specialty centers offered at the high school level, so you can think about pathways leading to them. The guide further details department subject areas, including course descriptions. Additional sections include enrichment opportunities, course credit guidelines, and general information, including graduation requirements, our grading scale, athletic eligibility, and more.

Course Descriptions

As you start reading about courses, you will find that each course description has several parts. The listings for courses in this guide include the following information (where applicable):

Course Title & Description

Course(s) that should be passed
before taking this course

Course(s) that should be taken
at the same time as this course

Number of credits received upon passing the course

Course Code
If applicable, this section also indicates the level(s) at which the course is taught. In addition to Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment, the school division offers the following levels of core courses: Standard, Academic/Advanced, and Honors. Learn more on the
General Information page.

Grade(s) in which course is offered (9, 10, 11, 12)

Indicates which school(s) or Specialty Center offers the course

Sequential Electives

Students qualifying for a Standard Diploma or a Modified Standard Diploma must successfully complete two elective courses that are sequential (courses that provide a foundation for further education, training or preparation for employment). Certain courses satisfy the requirement for Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education and for sequential electives.

Key to Icons

SOL Test Required
SOL Test Required
Offered at CATEC

Dual Enrollment

Piedmont Virginia
Community College
Reynolds Community College
Community College

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