Graduation Requirement

Credit Requirements

Students must register for courses as required to meet curriculum and school graduation requirements. A student must register for a minimum of 5.75 credits during each semester; exceptions to this will be allowed only by special permission by the Principal. Students must take and pass a core English and Math course per year. Credits are awarded based on contact hours; thus, year-long courses that meet every day are worth 1 credit, and semester-long courses which meet every day are worth .5 credits, etc. Any course taken beyond the number of credits required in a given subject area is regarded as an elective in that subject area.

Community Service Requirement

To meet our ESLR of inspiring altruism and creating socially responsive graduates, TAS students will engage in a required Community Service Program that will empower them to experience what it means to be committed and give purposeful service to others. TAS students will learn how to serve productively with charities, community organizations, at local events; and also engage in simple acts of service to others.  Some of these settings may be unfamiliar and challenging, but dealing with complex social issues will expand their view of themselves and the world, of which they are a part. They will emerge as global citizens with empathy, independence, resilience, and humility, and come to understand that through their individual actions they make a positive difference in the lives of others.


  • Every student must complete a minimum of 40 hours. (This requirement will be phased in according to the following schedule:  Class of 2017 – 20 hours; class of 2018 – 30 hours; class of 2019 – 40 hours)
  • Community service hours are a graduation requirement.
  • Students cannot be paid for service.
  • Community Service can only take place before or after regular school hours.
  • All activities must have counselor approval and required paperwork must be signed and maintained by the student.

Examples of, but not limited to, eligible activities:

  • Fundraising for service clubs and charities.
  • Assisting with community events.
  • Assisting in a senior’s residence.
  • Coaching sports teams and helping to organize sports related activities with younger students.
  • Participating in environmental projects such as community clean up, recycling programs, building a community garden, planting trees, flowers.
  • Assisting with Brownies, Girl/Boy Scouts or other clubs.  Not being a member, but helping with activities or events.  If you are in the Scouts, you can count the specific community service you do with them as hours.
  • Tutoring students, offering craft, music, dance classes for students.
  • Helping with graduation ceremonies, dances.
  • Help your neighbor who may have difficulty leaving their home: clean the yard, take out the trash.
  • Summer volunteering projects abroad.
  • Volunteer in a leadership role with youth at your church, temple or religious affiliation.
  • Involvement with political initiatives to bring awareness to specific causes.
  • Volunteer at orphanages, social or animal welfare organizations.
  • Help with Parent Night, Back to School.
  • Participate in charitable initiatives; food drives, holiday drives for food or toys.