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Academic Planning

Graduation Requirements

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Atlanta College & Career Academy

Course Placement   & Selection Process

Rising 9th Grade Student Info

Online Classes & Credit Recovery


Zell Miller GPAs

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APS Graduation Requirements

Language Arts:  4 Credits

  • 9th Grade Lit

  • 10th Grade Lit

  • American Lit

  • 12th Grad Lit


Math:  4 Credits

  • Algebra 1

  • Geometry

  • Algebra 2

  • 4th Core Math Course

Science:  4 Credits

  • Biology

  • Physical Science or Physics

  • Chemistry, Environmental Sci, Earth Systems or AP/IB Science

  • 4th Core Science Course

Social Studies:  3 Credits

  • American Govt (.5 Credit)

  • World History

  • US History

  • Economics (.5 Credit)

World Language:  2 Credits

  • Minimum of 2 credits of the same language

    • Recommended 2 credits taken in HS for college admissions


Pathway Career Tech/Fine Arts:  1 Credit

  • Pathway Completion requires 3 credits in the same career tech or fine arts program

  • Pathway completion is pre-requisite for Work-Based Learning program


Phys Ed/Health:  1.5 Credits

  • Health (.5 Credit)

  • Personal Fitness (.5 Credit)

  • Phys Ed Elective (.5 Credit)

    • Students may exempt Health & Personal Fitness requirement with completion of JROTC pathway

    • Students may exempt Phys Ed Elective requirement with 2 seasons of participation in varsity sports or marching band


Electives:  4 Credits

Community Service:  .5 Credit

Grad Reqs

Additional Graduation Requirement

High School Course Credits

  • 1 Semester class = .5 credit

  • 1 Yearlong class = 1 credit (.5 earned per semester)

  • A final semester grade of 70 or higher is required to pass a course and earn the .5 credit 

  • Grades for yearlong classes are not averaged across semesters

  • 8 total classes per semester = 4.0 credits


End of Course Tests (EOCs)

  • End of Course Tests are the state of Georgia mandatory state standardized exams for high school

  • End of Course Test scores count as 20% of a student’s final grade in the corresponding class.

  • EOC Course Classes:

    • 11th Grade/Amer Lit

    • Algebra 1

    • Biology

    • US History


Grade Level Promotion & Placement

  • Grade level placement is determined by the total # of course credits earned

  • Promotion is based on the total # of credits a student has at the start of each school year

    • 12th Grade:  18 credits

    • 11th Grade:  12 credits

    • 10th Grade:  6 credits

    • 9th Grade:  <5.5 credits

Download Printable Graduation Requirement Checklist

APS Grading Scale

  • The lowest passing grade is a 70

  • All Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Core Dual Enrollment level courses are given 10 honors point to all final passing semester grades to recognize the additional rigor of these courses.

  • Individual grades on the transcript include the additional 10 honors points.

Unweighted               Weighted                

A = 90 – 100                 A = 90 – 110                          

B = 80 – 89                  B = 80 – 89                     

C = 70 – 79                  C = 70 – 79                     

F = Below 70                F = Below 70                

Grading Scale

Calculating GPAs

Students can locate their official GPA on their current high school transcript.

Numeric Grade Averages on a 100-point Scale (NGA)

  • NGAs are the official GPA used in Atlanta Public Schools

  • NGAs are calculated on a 100-point scale using the final numerical grades from all attempted high school credit bearing courses.

  • High school level courses taken in middle-school are included on the transcript, but are not be factored into the NGA

  • Unweighted NGAs do not include the 10 honors points which are subtracted before the calculation.

  • The weighted NGA is the average used to calculate class rank, including valedictorian and salutatorian


Grade Point Averages on a 4.0 Scale (GPA)*

  • Conversion of numeric grades to quality point scores includes high school credit courses taken in grades 9-12.

  • The quality point GPA score is calculated as a support to students as they apply to colleges and/or universities.

  • The following scale is used by APS to convert course numeric grades to course quality point scores.


*This is not the GPA calculation used by the Georgia Student Finance Commission to determine HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility. For information on the calculation and tracking of HOPE GPAs visit:


Class Rank

  • Class rank is calculated using the cumulative, weighted numerical grade point average.

  • Unofficial class rank will be released in the fall semester of senior year

  • Class rank determining valedictorian and salutatorian will be calculated after 1st semester grades of senior year are finalized and will be released in February of senior year

  • Class rank is not final or official until a student has completed all graduation requirements.


Online Classes & Credit Recovery

Online course work, for credit recovery and for initial credit, is offered at North Atlanta High School through the Atlanta Virtual Academy (AVA). AVA is free of charge to APS students is the only online course platform approved by APS.


Students may take online classes during the day as part of their NA schedule, beyond the day in addition to their NA schedule or take all courses online as a full-time AVA student. Students must apply for all online courses and be approved by assigned counselor. Parents are responsible for ensuring the student has regular access to a computer with internet.


Online class start and end dates are aligned with semester start and end dates on the APS academic calendar. Students can access their online course 24/7 and are required to complete all the assigned online class coursework by the end date with a passing grade.


Online Credit Recovery Classes:

  • AVA credit recovery classes are available for students who fail a core academic course required for graduation. Most graduation requirements are available on AVA Credit Recovery.

  • The grade the student earns in the credit recovery course will not replace the failing grade but will be added to the student’s transcript and calculated in the GPA along with all other attempted HS courses.

  • The NCAA WILL NOT accept Credit Recovery course credits for student athletes (will accept Initial Credit courses only)


Initial Credit Classes:

  • AVA Initial Credit classes are available for students need to take a class beyond the regular school day to make room in their schedule or to take a course that is not offered at North Atlanta.

  • Initial Credit classes are those where the student has not previously attempted to take the course.

  • Initial Credit courses in core academic subjects require NAHS administrator approval.

Click here to submit an AVA Class Course Request for Summer Semester


To see all AVA course offerings, visit:

For more information about AVA Virtual School and Full-Time online registration options, please visit:

AVA Full Time Flex Program

AVA's Full Time Online program offers students an option to take a full 6 course schedule through an asynchronous self-paced learning model with teacher facilitation as needed.


APPLICATION WINDOW for 2024-25 School Year:  Feb 12, 2024 – Mar 14, 2024

  • Enrollment into the AVA Full Time Flex for 2024-2025 SY beginning August 1, 2024 will be granted to all applicants. 

  • Applications will be accepted online or by appointment at the Department of Student Assignment, located at: 130 Trinity Avenue (2nd Floor), Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

  • To apply online and for more information on the AVA program, please visit their website at

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IB Prog

The IB Programme at NAHS

North Atlanta is an International Baccalaureate World School. 

  • All 9th and 10th graders are participants in the Middle Years Program (MYP). 

  • Students make elect to pursue IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) or IB Career-Related Programme (IBCP) in their 11th grade year. 

  • Baseline admission criteria for both include an 85 average in core classes in grades 9 and 10; minimum Lexile 1150; successful completion of the MYP Personal Project


Student in IBDP or IBCP are required to take a prescribed set of classes as well as complete various projects and beyond the regular school day activities.

  • Nearly all IB classes are taught as 2-year courses

  • IBDP course requirements: Students are required to take a total of 7 IB courses (1 Literature, 1 Math, 1 Science, 1 Social Studies, 1 World Language, 1 CTE/Fine Art or additional Science, and Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

  • IBCP course requirements: Students are required to take a minimum of 3 IB courses and selected pathway courses (2 or more IB courses, IB Personal/Professional Skills (PPS) and Pathway Program course) 

For complete information about the IB programs offered, please see the IB Program Website at

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