• East Brunswick Public Schools Course Guide | 2021-2022


    High School Preparation for College

    Post-Secondary Entrance Requirements

    Your post-high school goals should guide and determine the types of courses that you will take during your high school years.   The vast majority of colleges require that you complete a minimum of 16 Carnegie units.  East Brunswick High School graduation requirements will automatically satisfy 15 of the 16 Carnegie unit requirements.  A Carnegie unit is a college preparatory course taken in the academic areas of language arts, mathematics, science, world language and social studies.  Each full year course from the above mentioned areas counts as one Carnegie unit while a semester course is half of a Carnegie unit.  In 2019, 93% of our graduates went on to post-secondary education.  Past studies indicate that our students who do not immediately go on to post-secondary institutions will ultimately do so within three years of their graduation.  Therefore, our program of studies and graduation requirements focus on preparing all students for post-secondary success.

    College Requirements in Carnegie Units

    Subject

    Community College

    Competitive College

    Very Competitive College

    Most Competitive College

    Language Arts

    4

    4

    4

    4

    Social Studies

    3

    3-4

    4-5

    4-5

    Lab Science

    3

    3

    3-4

    4-5

    World Language (same language)

    2

    2-4

    3-4

    3-5

    Mathematics
    Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Minimum

    3

    3-4

    4-5

    4-5

    Carnegie

    15 

    16-19

    18-20 

    20+

    Academic Units

    (75+ credits)*

    (80-95+ credits)

    (90-100+ credits)

    (100+ credits)

    * East Brunswick credits

    Colleges differ greatly in their requirements for admissions. It is therefore incumbent upon students to optimally prepare themselves for eligibility to the largest number of institutions. The majority of East Brunswick graduates take four years of mathematics and four years of science during their high school years to prepare themselves for the challenges of higher education.