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The Cranston Public Schools Diploma System. General Overview of Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGR). 24 Credits Required Courses Working Portfolio and Graduation Portfolio/Presentation Community Service (20 hours over 4 years) Standardized Assessments: NECAP

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The Cranston Public Schools Diploma System

General Overview of Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGR)

  • 24 Credits

  • Required Courses

  • Working Portfolio and Graduation Portfolio/Presentation

  • Community Service (20 hours over 4 years)

  • Standardized Assessments: NECAP

  • Comprehensive Course Assessments (Final Exams)

  • Individualized Learning Plans (ILP)

PBGR: Credits

  • 24 credits

  • Credit is awarded for final grade of D (65) or higher (However, 4 year colleges require a grade of C minus or higher)

  • Depending on the course, student will receive 1.0, .5, or .25 credit(s)

PBGR: Required Courses

  • Students must complete:

    4 credits in English

    4 credits in Math

    3 credits in Science

    3 credits in Social Studies (1 credit must be US History)

    .5 credit in Computer Technology

    .5 credit in Fine Arts

    1 credit Physical Education (.25 each year)

    1 credit Health Education (.25 each year)

    7 additional credits in elective courses

PBGR: The Working Portfolio

  • The Working Portfolio consists of artifacts and accompanying reflections

  • Artifacts are assignments/assessments/common tasks that show evidence of proficiency in communication, problem-solving, technology, research, health, and the fine arts

  • Artifacts are uploaded into the digital portfolio system (RIEPS)

  • After school support is available for assistance with portfolio assignments

PBGR: The Graduation Portfolio/ Presentation

  • Completed in Senior Year

  • Students select a specific number of artifacts from their Working Portfolio to become part of their Graduation Portfolio

  • Students present their Graduation Portfolios to a panel of 3 or 4 adults in March/April of Senior Year.


  • Every student is required to participate in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) during their junior year

  • Students are expected to score at least Partially Proficient on the Math and English Assessments

PBGR: Comprehensive Course Assessments

  • Students are required to complete final exams in all courses.

  • Final exams represent a percentage of the students’ final grade in the course.

PBGR: Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)

  • Students must participate in the ILP Goal Setting activities in the high school advisory program. Through the ILP students develop and reflect on academic, career, and personal/ social goals.

PBGR: Community Service

  • Students must complete 20 hours of community service over 4 years of high school. It is anticipated that all students complete the community service requirement by the 2nd quarter of grade 12.

  • Details on the new community service component of PBGR are still being finalized.

Admission to Four Year Post Secondary Institutions

  • Requirements differ from PBGR requirements

  • General rule: Students should strive to earn no lower than a C minus (70) in a challenging program of studies

  • Consult Cranston Public Schools’ Program of Studies for course descriptions to determine appropriate course of study for admission to technical, 2 year, or 4 year post secondary institutions (available at

Basic Admission Requirements for Public Four Year Institutions: Courses and Credits

  • 4 credits of English

  • 3 credits of Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)

  • 2 credits of Social Studies

  • 2 credits of lab Science (Foundations of Physics, Chemistry and Biology)

  • 2-3 credits of Foreign Language (Level 1 and Level 2)

  • .5 credits of fine arts

  • 4.5 credits in additional electives

  • Resources on specific colleges and programs are available at

Basic Admission Requirements for Public Four Year Institutions: Standardized Assessments

  • PSAT in sophomore year for practice (best for honor level students)

  • PSAT in fall of junior year for additional practice and qualification for National Merit Scholarship

  • SAT or ACT in spring of junior year

  • SAT Subject Test (if needed) as soon as possible after completion of advanced courses (spring of junior year/fall of senior year)

  • SAT/ACT in fall of senior year

High School Programs: Cranston Area Career and Technical Center

  • CACTC offers the following programs:

    • Aquaculture- Finance/Marketing

    • Child Development- CISCO Networking

    • Culinary & Pastry Arts- Pre-Engineering/Robotics

    • CAD/Drafting- Graphic Communications

    • Computer Technology- Medical Pathways,

    • Residential Building Repair & Remodeling

  • Application process begins in the fall of Freshman year

  • Open House/Parent tours in January

  • For more information visit

High School Programs:The New England Laborers’/Construction Career Academy Charter School

  • Students can attend the New England Laborers Construction Career Academy in Freshman year.

  • Programs available:

    • Construction Craft Technology

    • World of Work Exploration

      For more information visit their website at

The Freshman Year Schedule

  • Students will be required to fill a 7 period schedule. All students will take:

    - English 9

    - Social Studies (World History 1 or Democracy in Action)

    - Math

    - Science (Foundations for Physics)

    • Phys Ed 9 /Health 9

      - If schedule allows-students should complete the fine art/ technology requirement in freshman year

Remainder of schedule will depend on students’ needs and goals

  • College bound students should select a World Language (Spanish, French, or Italian)

  • Some students will be required to take Targeted or Intensive Reading (These are Federally mandated courses)

  • Complete Fine Art requirement and Technology requirement in Freshman year if possible

  • Students who qualify for Special Education Services will need to be scheduled for the appropriate support class.

How to stay informed at the high school level:

  • Attend high school freshman orientation in the summer

  • Attend high school Open Houses each year.

  • Sign up for High School List Serv to receive email updates

  • Read High School newsletters and mailings

  • Read notices on quarterly report cards and progress reports

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