A total of 22 units are needed to graduate, with 17 credits to become a senior, 12 credits to become a junior, and 6 credits to become a sophomore. For the purpose of AIMS testing, the grade status is determined by the year of entry in school (cohort year).
Students are encouraged to take additional credits for enrichment, a broader background, and post high school preparation. A student must have attended for one full semester during the senior year and meet all other requirements for graduation from PHS.
Participation in the commencement ceremony is a privilege. Students who choose to participate must submit a completed commencement packet.
If all requirements are not met, the student is not eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Credits Required for Graduation Classes of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
English – 4 credits
Math – 4 credits
Science – 3 credits
U.S./AZ History – 1 credit
U.S./Arizona Government – .5 credit
World Geography – .5 credit (Classes of 2013 and 2014 only)
World History – 1 credit
Economics – .5 credit
Physical Education – 1 credit
Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education – 1 credit
Computer Applications – .5 credit (Classes of 2013 and 2014 only)
*Online – 1 credit
*Electives sufficient to earn 22 credits – 5 credits
TOTAL – 22 CREDITS
*Beginning with the class of 2015, students are required to take a minimum of 1 credit online in order to graduate.
24 Credits are required for Graduate with Distinction Honors (additional requirements are listed on the Student Recognition web page).