Grading System & Graduation Requirements

Grading System

Milton Hershey School’s educational program is a standards-based curriculum. This means that students must master the expectations for what a student should know and be able to do for a particular subject and/or grade level before they may be permitted to advance to a new area of learning or grade level in school.

Students receive a grade in achievement, effort, and conduct. These marks are recorded on report cards along with teacher comments. Copies of the report card are forwarded to the student, the houseparents, and the parent or sponsor at the end of each marking period. Additionally, progress reports are sent out as necessary. The School has an Honor Roll system for grades three through twelve.

Graduation Requirements

We believe that education and career choices are inherently dependent upon one another. Our Senior Hall program serves three main purposes:

  • To prepare all students to be life-long learners
  • To prepare all students for advanced post-secondary training
  • To prepare all students to enter the world of work

To do that, we provide a high school program that integrates internships/job shadowing, high performance expectations, the latest technology, and many career/technical resources.

To qualify for a Milton Hershey School diploma, a student must earn the following minimum number of credits during the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. In addition, students must obtain their drivers license and pass the Milton Hershey School swimming certification test.

Program of study:

Subject Credits
English 4.0
Mathematics 3.0
Social Studies 3.0
Science 3.0
World Language 1.0
Visual & Performing Arts 1.0
Wellness and Life Skills 3.0
Career/Technical Program 4.0
Electives 6.0
TOTAL 28.0

Tutorial Assistance and Remediation

Students who find that they need extra help in subject areas should discuss their needs with their instructors or houseparents. Special tutoring sessions are held for students at the student’s request or at the request of an instructor.

In the elementary and middle school programs, it is probable that students might not recognize the need for assistance. Teachers and houseparents will most often initiate additional help for students. Parents/sponsors should direct questions to the student’s houseparents, teachers, or the administrator in charge of the program.

Students in the high school program are expected to assume more responsibility for contacting teachers for remedial help. However, teachers, houseparents, and parents/sponsors should take an active role in realizing a student’s needs and in taking the initiative to assist whenever necessary.

Should the student require more intensive support, houseparents, teachers or parents/sponsors should refer the student to the Intervention Team.

In high school, students earn credits in a cumulative fashion. The following is a minimum number of credits that students must earn during the school year in order to progress toward graduation in four years and to be promoted to the next grade level. This includes credits that are earned during Summer School programming: promotion/retention decisions are not final until after Summer School concludes.

  • 9th grade= 5 credits earned in order to be promoted to 10th grade
  • 10th grade=13 credits earned in order to be promoted to 11th grade
  • 11th grade=20 credits earned in order to be promoted to 12th grade

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