Graduation Requirements- According to the state of Tennessee guidelines, students complete a “Ready Core Curriculum”.  Twenty-two specific credits are required for graduation. 

Course Offerings- Approximately seventy courses are offered in the following areas:  English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Personal Development, Business and Computer, Agriculture, Health Science Technology, Human Services, and Manufacturing Technology. 

Dual Enrollment Classes-
Dresden High School currently offers Dual Enrollment classes to juniors and seniors in the areas of English, Math, U.S. History, Music History, Sociology and Public Speaking. Other courses may be available online.

Dresden High School

Graduation Requirements

Ready Core Curriculum


Courses                                     Number of Credits


English Language Arts                  4

Mathematics                                4*

Science                                       3**

Social Studies                              3***

Lifetime Wellness                         1

Physical Education                       .5

Personal Finance                         .5

Foreign Language                        2****

Fine Arts                                     1

Elective Focus                              3

Total                                           22

*Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II plus one additional math course the senior year. All students must be enrolled in at least one math class per year.

**Two of the credits must be Biology I and Chemistry or Physics. One additional lab science is required.

***U.S. History, World History and U.S. Government/Economics are required.

****Both credits must be in the same language.


Additional Components of the High School Policy


End-of-Course Testing

End-of-Course Tests- End of course examinations will be given in English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, U.S. History, Biology I, and Chemistry.


ACT Testing

Students will take the ACT Test in the 11th grade.


Graduating with Distinction

Students may graduate with distinction if they attain a B average or above and complete at least one of the following:

-- earn nationally recognized industry certification

-- attend a Governor’s Schools

-- participate in All State

-- selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist

-- score a 31 or higher composite ACT score

-- earn 12 or more hours of college credit


Graduating with Honors

Students who score at or above the benchmarks on the ACT Test or the equivalent on the SAT test will graduate with honors.  The ACT benchmark scores are as follows: English Score 18, Math Score 22, Reading Score 22, and Science Score 23.      

Foreign Language Waiver

Students will complete two units of the same foreign language and one unit of fine arts except in limited circumstances (students not planning to attend the university), schools may waive the two units of foreign language and one unit of fine arts to expand and enhance their elective focus. Parents and students must sign a Foreign Language Waiver Request that states: “My child will not be attending a university. I, therefore, request that the school waive my child’s state requirement to take two units of a foreign language and/or one unit of fine art. I understand that in lieu of foreign language/fine art that my child will have to take additional focus group elective classes in order to meet graduation requirements.”