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6.Electives (including a maximum of four credits in religion)―8 units.
7.Total―23 units.

D.Beginning with incoming freshmen in 2009-2010, all ninth graders will be enrolled in the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum.

1.After the student has attended high school for a minimum of two years, as determined by the school, the student, the student's parent, guardian, or custodian may request that the student be exempt from completing the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum.
2.The following conditions shall be satisfied for consideration of the exemption of a student from completing the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum.
a.The student, the student's parent, guardian, or custodian and the school counselor (or other staff member who assists students in course selection) shall meet to discuss the student's progress and determine what is in the student's best interest for the continuation of his educational pursuit and future educational plan.
b.During the meeting, the student's parent, guardian, or custodian shall determine whether the student will achieve greater educational benefits by continuing the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum or completing the Louisiana Core Curriculum.
c.The student's parent, guardian, or custodian shall sign and file with the school a written statement asserting their consent to the student graduating without completing the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum and acknowledging that one consequence of not completing the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum may be ineligibility to enroll in into a Louisiana four-year public college or university. The statement will then be approved upon the signature of the principal or the principal's designee.
3.The student in the Louisiana Core Curriculum may return to the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum, in consultation with the student's parent, guardian, or custodian and the school counselor (or other staff member who assists students in course selection).
4.After a student who is 18 years of age or older has attended high school for two years, as determined by the school, the student may request to be exempt from completing the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum by satisfying the conditions cited in Subparagraph 2.c with the exception of the requirement for the participation of the parent, guardian, or custodian, given that the parent/guardian has been notified.

E.For incoming freshmen in 2009-2010 and beyond who are completing the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum, the minimum course requirements shall be the following.

1.English—4 units, shall be English I, II, III, and IV
2.Mathematics—4 units, shall be:
a.algebra I (1 unit) or algebra I-Pt. 2;
b.geometry;
c.algebra II;
d.the remaining unit shall come from the following: financial mathematics, senior applications in math, advanced mathematics I, advanced mathematics II, pre-calculus, calculus, probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, or a locally-initiated elective approved by BESE as a math substitute.
3.Science—4 units, shall be:
a.biology;
b.chemistry;
c.two units from the following courses: physical science, integrated science, physics I, physics of technology I, aerospace science, biology II, chemistry II, earth science, environmental science, physics II, physics of technology II, agriscience II, anatomy and physiology, or a locally initiated elective approved by BESE as a science substitute.
i.Students may not take both integrated science and physical science.
ii.Agriscience I is a prerequisite for agriscience II and is an elective course.
4.Social Studies—4 units, shall be:
a.1 unit of civics or AP American government, or 1/2 unit of civics or AP American Government and 1/2 unit of free enterprise;
b.1 unit of American history;
c.1 unit from the following: world history, world geography, western civilization, or AP European history;
d.1 unit from the following: world history, world geography, western civilization, AP European history, law studies, psychology, sociology, African American studies, or religion I, II, III, or IV.
5.Health and Physical Education—2 units.
6.Foreign Language—2 units, shall be 2 units from the same foreign language or 2 speech courses.
7.Arts—1 unit, shall be fine arts survey or one unit of art, dance, music, or theatre.
8.Electives—3 units.
9.Total—24 units.

F.For incoming freshmen in 2009-2010 and beyond who are completing the Louisiana Core Curriculum, the minimum course requirements for graduation shall be the following.

1.English—4 units, shall be English I, II, III, and IV or senior applications in English
2.Mathematics—4 units, shall be:
a.algebra I (1 unit) or algebra I-pt. 1 and algebra I-pt. 2 (2 units);
b.geometry;
c.the remaining units shall come from the following: algebra II, financial mathematics, senior applications in math, advanced mathematics I, advanced mathematics II, pre-calculus, calculus, probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, or a locally initiated elective approved by BESE as a math substitute.
3.Science—3 units, shall be:
a.biology;
b.1 unit from the following physical science cluster: physical science, integrated science, chemistry I, physics I, physics of technology I;
c.1 unit from the following courses: aerospace science, biology II, chemistry II, earth science, environmental science, physics II, physics of technology II, agriscience II, anatomy and physiology, an additional course from the physical science cluster, or a locally initiated elective approved by BESE as a science substitute.
i.Students may not take both Integrated Science and Physical Science.
ii.Agriscience I is a prerequisite for agriscience II and is an elective course.
4.Social Studies—3 units, shall be:

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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