Academic Requirements

Students at Newark Catholic are expected to take a rigorous schedule of college preparatory courses. There are some things to consider as you prepare for the future.


Please note: Much of this information below is copied from the Academic Handbook or the Parent-Student Handbook. Please use those documents as the official policy in case there are any discrepancies in the information below.

Newark Catholic Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of 24 credits is required for graduation.



4 units


½ unit


4 units

  Physical Ed ½ unit (2 semesters)

4 units

  Freshman Foundations* ½ unit

3 units

  Fine Arts 1 unit
Social Studies

3 units

  Electives 3½ units

*  This was a keyboarding credit or proficiency assessment up through the Class of 2018.  The Class of 2019 and beyond are required to take Freshman Foundations.

Ohio’s New Graduation Requirements

Beginning with the Class of 2018, Ohio’s graduation requirements have changed.  View the PDF to see what it takes to earn a diploma in Ohio.   Ohios-HS-Graduation-Path

  • Satisfy state and school credit requirements (24 credits for NCHS), AND

  • Take the state assessments, AND

  • Achieve one of the following three: 

    • Earn 18 points on the state tests, OR

    • College readiness score on a national college entrance exam, OR

    • Skill certification and passing WorkKeys score.

Part of the graduation requirements for the Class of 2018 and beyond is taking the new state assessments.  Check out the ODE Guidance Document regarding taking the state tests.    Student Participation in State Tests

Honors Diploma

This diploma includes criteria set by the State of Ohio. A student who earns an Honors Diploma satisfies at least 7 of the 8 listed criteria:

  1. English – 4 units
  2. Mathematics – 4 units (beginning with Algebra 1)
  3. Science – 4 units, including 2 advanced science credits (Chemistry, Physics, Biology 2, Environmental Science)
  4. Social Studies – 4 units
  5. Foreign Language – 3 units (3 of one language, or 2 each of 2 languages)
  6. Fine Arts – 1 unit
  7. GPA 3.5 or greater
  8. ACT 27 or greater

National Honor Society

Students are eligible to apply for membership to the Newark Catholic Chapter of the National Honor Society in the fall of their junior year. If they do not satisfy all of the requirements of the club, students can reapply the fall of their senior year. Selection is based on the 4 pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.


Please refer to our National Honor Society page for more information

Athletic Eligibility

A student is ineligible to participate in his/her sport if any of the following occur:

  • 2 “unsatisfactory” reports from teachers (either both in conduct or both in academics), or an in-school or out-of-school suspension; student is unable to participate from Tuesday to Tuesday.
  • A GPA less than 1.900 or a failure of more than one academic course for a grading period will force an ineligibility for the following grading period.