2608 California Road
Elkhart, IN 46514
(574) 262-5600
Mr. Mark Tobolski - Principal

July 25, 2011

Indiana CORE 40

Students entering the ninth grade must enroll in Indiana CORE 40 and work toward completing the requirements. 
Completion of CORE 40 is required to be considered for admission to Indiana's four-year state colleges.  CORE 40 is recommended for admission to two-year public colleges or entry into the workforce.

CORE 40 Requirements:

1. Complete 28 to 30 credits from this list:  
Language Arts 8 credits in literature, composition & speech
Mathematics 6-8 credits of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus
Science 6 credits in laboratory science from the following:
  2 Biology
  2 Chemistry or Physics and
  2 additional credits from Chemistry, Physics, Earth/Space Science, Advanced Physics
Social Studies 6 credits distributed as follows:
  2 U.S. History
  1 U.S. Government
  1 Economics
  1 World History and/or Geography
  1 additional course from above or other Social Studies area
Physical Education 1 credit (2 semesters)
Health/Safety 1 credit (1 semester)
2. Choosing 8 credits in courses from the list above or the list below:  
Foreign Language Such as Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian or Spanish
Arts Art, Music or Drama
Computer Computer Applications
Career Area At least 6 credits in a logical sequence from technical career area
3. Choosing 2-4 more credits from any courses at your school  


 Indiana Core 40 Effective beginning with the class of 2010

English/Language Arts 8 credits
  Credits must include literature, composition, and speech
Mathematics 6 credits
  2 credits: Algebra 1*
  2 credits: Geometry*

2 credits: Algebra2*                  

(* or complete Integrated Math series I, II, and III for 6 credits.) All students are strongly recommended to take math their senior year.  

Science 6 credits

2 credits: Biology 1        

  2 credits: Chemistry 1 or Physics 1 or Integrated Chemistry - Physics 
  2 credits: any Core 40 science course
Social Studies 6 credits:
  2 credits: US History

1 credit: US Government

  1 credit: Economics
  2 credit: World History/Civilization or Geography/History of the World
Directed Electives 5 credits:
  World Languages
  Fine Arts
Physical Education 2 credits
Health and Wellness 1 credit
Electives* 6 credits (Career Academic Sequence Recommended)

40 Total State Credits Required         

  Local schools may have additional requirements.

* Specifies the number of electives required by the state.  High school schedules provide time for many more electives during the high school years.

All students are strongly encouraged to complete a Career Academic Sequence (selecting electives in a deliberate manner) to take full advantage of career exploration and preparation opportunities.


Indiana Core 40

with Academic Honors minimum 47 credits

For the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma, students must also:
Earn 2 additional Core 40 math credits, and
Earn 6-8 Core 40 world language credits, and
Earn 2 Core 40 fine arts credits, and
Earn a grade of "C" or above in courses that will count toward the diploma, and
Have a grade point average of "B" or above, and
Complete the following:
Two Advanced Placement courses and corresponding AP exams
Academic, transferable dual high school/college courses resulting in 6 college credits
Once Advanced Placement course and corresponding AP exam and academic transferable dual high school/college course(s) resulting in 3 college credits.
Score 1200 or higher combined SAT math and verbal
Score 26 composite ACT
An International Baccalaureate Diploma.

with Technical Honors minimum 47 credits

For the Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma, students must also:

Earn a grade of "C" or above in courses that will count toward the diploma, and
Have a grade point average of "B" or above, and
Complete a career-technical program resulting in 8-10 credits, and
The student must earn a state-recognized certification or certificate of technical achievement in the career- technical program.