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.
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
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
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
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.
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