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September 16, 2003

What is the "Core 40"?

It is a list of the basic academic subjects that would be taken in a general college preparatory high school program: 4 years of language arts, 3 years of science, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of math, one semester of physical education, one semester of health, and additional electives in the areas of computer technology, foreign language, arts, and career-area subjects, to make a total of 40 semester credits.

This is still below what some colleges require. For instance, many selective colleges require two years of a foreign language, or two laboratory sciences. We strongly recommend you visit the websites of several colleges your student might want to attend to view their entrance requirements.

Some colleges treat one college semester of a course (3 credit hours) as the equivalent to two high school semesters. See, e.g., University of Oregon's webiste.

View the official description of Indiana's Core 40 (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

 Other Resources

The Education Roundtable's P-16 Plan in Indiana: P-16 Threatens Private Education