Annual Credit Requirements

  • All students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of courses to total 6.5 credits annually. Course credit loads between 6.5 and 7.0 credits are quite common, especially for students wishing to continue study after high school at competitive colleges and universities.

    Seniors must enroll in enough courses during the senior year to meet requirements to acquire the 22.5 credits necessary for graduation. Under unusual circumstances, with the approval of the Principal a student who has failed to meet graduation requirements may participate in graduation ceremonies. The diploma will be held until all credits are certified.

    Promotion Requirements

    In order to be promoted to the next grade, a student must meet the following requirements:
    (Note: As graduation requirements are reviewed, thresholds for promotion are also being reviewed)

    • 9th to 10th Grade: 5.5 credits
    • 10th to 11th Grade: 11.5 credits
    • 11th to 12th Grade: 17 credits

    Students who have not earned enough credits to be promoted will be notified by a counselor over the summer. If students are able to successfully make up their credit deficiency through summer school or through work in the subsequent school year, they may rejoin their original class.

    Keystone Exams Pathways to Graduation

    PA Act 158, shifts Pennsylvania’s reliance on Keystone Exams as the sole path for meeting state mandated graduation requirements, and now provides alternatives for high school students to demonstrate readiness for postsecondary success. Formerly, a student’s path to graduation was passing all three Keystone Exams: Algebra I, Literature, and Biology or completing the Project Based Assessments (PBA) for each subject area. Beginning with the Class of 2022, students can fulfill the state graduation requirements by completing one of the five pathways described below. Additional information on Keystone Exams Pathways to Graduation is available at

    1. Scoring proficient or advanced on each of the three Keystone Exams.
    2. Earning a satisfactory combined score on the three Keystone exams. The passing composite score is 4,452. A proficient score on any Keystone exam is 1,500.
    3. Earning a locally established minimum grade in the Radnor High School course associated with each Keystone Exam, and satisfactorily completing one of the following: a) a minimum cut score on an alternative assessment (PSAT, SAT, ACT), b) advanced coursework (AP level or dual enrollment courses), (c) pre-apprenticeship, or (d) acceptance in a four year nonprofit institution of higher education for college-level coursework.
    4. Earning a locally established minimum grade on a Radnor High School course that is associated with each Keystone Exam and pass the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) or the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) assessment in an approved Career and Technical Education concentration.
    5. Earning a locally established minimum grade on a Radnor High School course that is associated with each Keystone Exam and demonstrating readiness for postsecondary engagement through three pieces of evidence from the student’s career portfolio aligned to the student goals and career plan. Examples of evidence will include SAT subject tests, AP level dual enrollment coursework, higher education acceptance, a community service project, or completion of an internship, externship, co-op, or full-time employment.