The Manheim Township School District Program of Study operates under a curriculum plan where all students who meet the requirements for graduation receive identical diplomas. A total of 22 credits including specific designated courses and successful completion of a Graduation Project are required to meet graduation requirements. Transcripts of students transferring into the district will be evaluated on an individual basis.
- 1st Requirement: Course Work (22 Total Credits)
- English - 4 credits
- Social Studies - 4 credits
- Arts & Humanities - 1 credit
- Credits may consist of Art, Music, Family & Consumer Science, World Language, and Reading courses, as well as English, Social Studies, and select Tech Ed courses (Design-Build 1 & 2, Architectural Design, Engineering Technology 1 & 2, Graphics 1 & 2) above and beyond those required for graduation.
- STEM - 7 credits
- Science: Biology + Physical Science or Life Science + 1 additional science credit
- Math: Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B + 2 additional math credits (Algebra II and Geometry recommended)
- Student-selected courses from the Science, Math, or Tech Ed STEM offerings to complete the 7 credit minimum
- Health - ½ credit
- Physical Education - 1 ½ credits
- Students enrolled in an approved half-day (11th grade) CTC Program or a full-day (12th grade) CTC program may have modified Physical Education graduation requirements.
- Financial Literacy - ½ credit
- Elective Courses - 3 ½ credits
- 2nd Requirement: Career Readiness Graduation Requirement (see below)
- 3rd Requirement: Completion of Keystone Exams (see below)
Career Readiness portfolio (Crp)
Starting with the Class of 2025, students who complete their grade level Career Readiness Portfolio requirements and also meet additional criteria in the areas below may be considered for an MT Endorsement to be awarded their Senior Year. More information will be shared with students during the school year.
- GPA Requirements – unweighted GPA of 75% or higher
- Attendance Requirements – 95% or higher
- Demonstration of the Township Ten!
- Evaluation from Teacher or Employer
- Experiential Learning – must have two of the following:
- Industry-recognized credential
- Demonstration of industry skills through CTC
- Successful completion of a service learning project – minimum of 10 hours
- Letter guaranteeing full-time employment or military enlistment
- Completion of an internship, externship, or cooperative education program
Industry Based Learning Indicator/Work-Based Learning Experiences
Another measure of Future Ready PA Reporting, the Industry-Based Learning Indicator is designed to evaluate how students are engaging in work-based and classroom-based activities by the end of 12th grade. Recognizing that industry-based learning activities should be developed and sustained throughout a student’s secondary level education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education recommends that school districts monitor students’ annual progress towards meeting the indicator.
The following experiences qualify for the Industry Based Learning Indicator:
- Industry Standards-Based Competency Assessments (NOCTI/NIMS): Score competent or advanced on Industry Standards-Based Competency Assessments (NOCTI/NIMS) by the end of the 12th grade.
- Industry Recognized Credential: Earn at least one industry recognized credential between grades 7 & 12.
- Work-based Learning Experience: Complete a work-based learning experience between grades 7 & 12 as listed below.
- Job Shadowing (3 separate job shadows, at minimum of 3 hours each)
- Cooperative Education Programs
- Career Mentoring
- Community-based Work Programs (students with IEPs)
- Community Service (60 Hours)
Industry-recognized credentials measure competence in core content and performance standards in a specific set of work-related tasks. These activities must connect and align with a student’s career interest, training, and workforce demands. There are many benefits to students obtaining industry-based credentials:
- Shows that students are job-ready in a specific set of skills and knowledge required and recognized by business and industry
- Helps students stand out in today’s competitive job market
- Adds value to student transcripts for postsecondary education
- Adds value to student resumes when obtaining entry-level positions
- Students are able to earn recognition for their demonstration of these identified performance standards in a specific set of work-related tasks
- Additionally, a student who earns an industry-recognized ot Pcredential may satisfy Graduation Pathways 4 and/or 5
Students who participate in any of the work-based learning experiences above or earn an industry-recognized credential should submit the Industry-Recognized Credential and Work-Based Learning Experience Report Form to the Counseling Office. Industry-recognized credentials will also be added to the student’s transcript. Students enrolled in the Career and Technology Center do not need to submit documentation.
MTHS is actively working to expand the opportunities that students have to earn industry-recognized credentials through courses offered to students and through additional programming. Please stay tuned to announcements and consult with the HS Counseling Office for details.
AP Exam Registration Process
Within the past few years, the College Board, creators of Advanced Placement (AP), announced significant changes to the AP exam ordering process, including deadlines, late fees and cancellation fees that will be mandated for all schools and all students.
Now, all students will decide whether or not to take exams and order their exams through The College Board by early November 2023. Payment is also due for the exams in Total Registration by this same deadline, as registration and payment are a two-part process. All students who register after this deadline will be assessed $40.00/exam late fee. In addition, a $40.00/exam cancellation fee will be assessed for any exam order canceled after the November deadline.
It is important that all families are aware of these changes, especially as students begin registering for their 2023-2024 courses. Please keep in mind that these changes are being mandated by the College Board and were not decided by the school. Additional details regarding the College Board’s process and the specific deadline will be made available to AP students at the beginning of the school year.
The Keystone Exams are state-developed end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Each Keystone exam, Algebra I, Biology, and Literature is designed in modules that reflect distinct, related academic content common to the traditional progression of course work. Students will be offered multiple opportunities to pass the Keystones. Remediation for each of the exams will be offered for any student needing/requesting it.
Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, all students will be required to demonstrate proficiency on these exams or complete an alternative pathway to be established by the state as a prerequisite to graduation.
An explanation of the alternative pathways will be made available to all in the near future. MTHS will be communicating these alternatives to our students at the earliest possible date.
MTSD students in the Classes of 2023 and beyond (2024, 2025, etc.) will be held to the requirements of both (a) the Manheim Township High School Educational Planning Guide and (b) recent legislative changes instituted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) that provide five (5) “Pathways to Graduation” summarized below:
You are also welcome to visit PDE’s Graduation Requirements website for more information.