Core Curriculum

Overbrook High School has utilized the Core Curriculum Framework, which has been developed by the School District of Philadelphia as the basis for all courses. It is fully anticipated and expected that every subject and each section of that subject will include instruction that goes beyond the requirements of that curriculum.

Courses listed in this guide are offered based upon available resources and qualified and appropriate enrollment. There is no guarantee that each listed course will be offered. Final decisions will not be made until August.

Credits required for grade promotion

10th grade—5 credits
11th grade—11 credits
12th grade—17.5 credits
Graduation—23.5 credits**

**Credits must be accumulated in the categories below:

2 years of the same language (must be taken at CHS)
4 years of English (Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4)
4 years of History (World, African American, American, and Social Science)
3 years of Math (Math courses must be taken in high school. 8th grade Algebra 1 doesn’t count towards the graduation requirement.)
3 years of Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)
4th advanced course (Math, Science, or an AP/IB course that doesn’t count in another category)
1.5 years of Physical Education (1 year of gym and .5 of a year in health)
1 Multi-Disciplinary Project (offered in conjunction with Social Science courses)

Central runs a daily schedule of seven periods. Below is the traditional course load for each grade:

Grade 9 Grade 10   Grade 11 Grade 12
Algebra 1  English 2 English 3 English 4
 English 2  Geometry Algebra 2

Math or Science or an AP/IB elective

Biology  Physics Chemistry Social Science
Language 1 A.A. History American History Elective
.5 year Art or Music or Science Language 2 PE and Health Elective
.5 year of P.E. Elective Elective Elective