As established by the Board of Directors of the Spring Grove Area School District and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, each candidate for graduation shall have earned at least 25 credits and proficiency on the appropriate Keystone exams (beginning with the Class of 2019). All students must successfully complete the following minimum requirements to qualify for a diploma:



    Pass four (4) credits in Grades 9-12*

    Social Studies

    Pass four (4) credits in Grades 9 - 12, which will include American Society


    Pass three (3) credits in grades 9 - 12**


    Pass three (3) credits in Grades 9 - 12

    Physical Education/Health Education

    Pass two (2) credits in health/wellness, which will include Introduction to Sports and Fitness and Health Education, and two elective Physical Education courses

    Arts and Humanities

    Pass two (2) courses in Grades 9 - 12 (Art, Music, World Language)

    Practical Arts

    Pass two (2) courses in Grades 9 - 12 (Technology Education, Family and Consumer Science, Business), which will include Career Skills


    Additional credits chosen by the student

    *Students who score "Basic" or "Below Basic" on the Keystone Literature Assessment are required to take the course Enhanced Reading  Skills 12  during the senior year.  
    **Students who score "Basic" or "Below Basic" on the Keystone Algebra 1  Assessment are required to take the course Enhanced Math Skills 12 during the senior year.
    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established academic standards that define what students should know and do in a core set of subjects. Standards give students a solid foundation in the basics and provide consistent targets for students, teachers, and parents.  Four proficiency levels illustrate students' achievement of Pennsylvania's Academic Standards as measured by the Keystone Assessments.  The four proficiency levels are as follows:
    Advanced:      superior academic performance
    Proficient:       satisfactory academic performance
    Basic:              marginal academic performance
    Below Basic:  inadequate academic performance
    As mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, beginning with the Class of 2022, students must demonstrate success in one of the five Graduation Pathway Options per Act 158.
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Keystone Assessment was not administered in Spring 2020.  Spring Grove Area School District declined scheduling the make-up exam for the entire Spring 2019-2020 cohort of students.  This action was approved by the Spring Grove Area School District Board of School Directors at the June 22, 2020, meeting.