Guidelines for Post Secondary Education

  • It is recommended that students pursue a challenging course of study in preparation for post-secondary education. This includes four years of English, math, science, and history as well as 3-5 years of a foreign language. For specific information about the requirements associated with the college or university of interest, please refer to the college/university website for more details. Students work with their guidance counselor over the course of four years to create a post-secondary plan that is appropriate for them.Students planning to attend one of the state universities should be attuned to the continuing discussion about requirements for particular schools.  If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to discuss issues with your counselor.

    Minimum Curriculum Requirements for Entrance to Massachusettes' Universities 

    The minimum entrance requirements for state universities include 16 units of college-preparatory course work.

     English 4 years, college-preparatory
     Math 4 years, college-preparatory (Algebra I and II, and Geometry/ Trigonometry
     Sciences 3 years (two units with laboratory, e.g. Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
     Social Sciences  2 years
    Foreign Language
    2 years of the same language (3 or more years recommended)
     Electives  3 years, chosen from English, Math, Natural Sciences, Social Studies or Foreign Language

    Minimum Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) 

    A minimum grade point average in college-preparatory course work at the end of the seventh semester is required for Category I - Freshman Applicants. Honors and Advanced Placement level courses should be given extra weight.