It's a simple truth: most jobs require education after high school. Some careers offer specialized training, others require advanced degrees, but today's students need to be prepared for how to learn, not just what to learn. This means challenging yourself now, so you have the tools and understanding to learn more advanced techniques in the future. The State Scholars Core Course of Study is basic to acceptance at most 4-year colleges and recommended for students pursuing 2-year Degrees and Certificate Programs. It is also recommended by employers for potential employees entering the workplace upon graduation from high school.
Remember, the Core Courses listed below are minimal requirements to graduate as a NH Scholar. However, we recommend students complete four years of math and three years in a foreign language. The State Scholars Core Course of Study is as follows:
English I, English II, English III, English IV
Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
Including Biology, Chemistry, Physics (lab-based)
Chosen from U.S. History, World History, World Geography, Economics, Government
Two years of a language other than English
Research shows a strong positive correlation between the academic rigor of a student's high school course of study and the completion of a postsecondary program of study. In fact, 86% of all NH Scholars graduate immediately enrolled in a college or university the following fall. Taking rigorous courses puts you on the path to having many options for education beyond high school.