Graduation Resources

Graduation Requirements

Beginning in 2013-2014, all students in grades nine through twelve will follow these graduation requirements. Twenty-two (22) units will be required for graduation. Of these twenty-two (22) units, sixteen (16) will be specified units. Of these units, the following are required:

SMART CORE: Sixteen (16) units

English: Four (4) units – 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th

Oral Communications: One-half (1/2) unit

Mathematics: Four (4) units (all students under Smart Core must take a mathematics course in grade 11 or 12 and complete Algebra II.)

  • Algebra I or Algebra A & B* which may be taken in grades 7-8 or 8-9 Geometry or Investigating 
  • Geometry or Geometry A & B* which may be taken in grades 8-9 or 9-10
    *A two-year algebra equivalent or a two-year geometry equivalent may each be counted as two units of the four-unit requirement for the purpose of meeting the graduation requirement, but only serve as one unit each toward fulfilling the Smart Core requirement. 
  • Algebra II
  • Choice of: Transitions to College Math, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, Statistics, Computer Math, Algebra III, or an Advanced Placement Math (comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable).

Natural Science: Three (3) units with lab experience chosen from

  • Physical Science
  • Biology or Applied Biology/Chemistry 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics or Principles of Technology I & II or PIC Physics

Social Studies: Three (3) units

  • Civics - One-half (1/2) unit 
  • World History - One unit 
  • U. S. History - One unit

Physical Education: One-half (1/2) unit
Note: While one-half (1/2) unit is required for graduation, no more than one (1) unit may be applied toward fulfilling the necessary units to graduate.

Health and Safety: One-half (1/2) unit

Economics: One half (1/2) unit – dependent upon the certification of the teacher teaching the course, this can count toward the required three (3) social studies credits or the six (6) required Career Focus elective credits.

Fine Arts: One-half (1/2) unit

Career Focus: Six (6) units

Total: 22 units

All career focus unit requirements shall be established through guidance and counseling based on the student’s contemplated work aspirations. Career focus courses shall conform to the curriculum policy of the district and reflect state curriculum frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate.

Graduation Dates

All PCSSD graduation ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of UALR.

The times are as follows:

School Time
Maumelle 9 a.m.
Joe T. Robinson 11:30 a.m.
Sylvan Hills 1:30 p.m.
Wilbur D. Mills University Studies 4:30 p.m.


Imagine Paul Mitchell Little Rock High School Scholarship

To apply for this Scholarship, submit the following to the Admissions Office by June 1, 2020:

  • Scholarship Application
  • High School Transcript showing scheduled graduation date, or diploma
  • Scholarship Essay
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • Complete Application for Admissions

If you are interested, please click below:

If you have any questions, contact Tia Houston at 501.590.3347.

Application packet

Little Rock Links Scholarship

An award of two to three thousand dollars ($2000.00 - $3000.00) is available to a high school graduate entering college the current calendar year 2020-2021 who meets the criteria below:


1. …is an African American female

2. …has a Cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0

3. …has an ACT score of 20 or above or SAT score of 460 and above

4. …is a graduate of high school by June, 2020

5. ...will attend an accredited 2 year or 4 year college the same year of graduation from high school

6. …shows evidence of good moral character and citizenship

7. …possesses attributes that generally predict success in college and life

8. …has a need for financial assistance

9. …is a public school student in the Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pulaski County Special, and Jacksonville North Pulaski School Districts.


A written application must be received for consideration. Application forms are available in the office of the counselor or online at www.littlerocklinks.org. Handwritten applications must be completed in blue or black ink.


The 1) Scholarship Application Form, 2) a copy of transcript with school seal and ACT or SAT scores, 3) essay (250-300 words with essay topic, 4) two letters of recommendation (church, community, teacher or counselor) and 5) photo must be submitted with application.

Deadline for submitting to Counselor—March 30, 2020

The Services to Youth Facet of The Little Rock Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will judge all entries.

The Services To Youth Chairperson, of The Little Rock Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, upon the recommendation of the Service to Youth Facet members will notify the counselor and the winner of the award.

Each qualified candidate will be notified of a scheduled individual interview with members of the Services to Youth Facet Committee.

Application packet

Windgate Scholarship for UCA Department of Art

The Windgate Scholarship is based on talent and financial need and can be worth up to $2,000 per semester in the freshman year, based on amount of financial need. The scholarship is renewable and can increase up to $1,000 each year. In the senior year, up to $5,000 per semester can potentially be awarded. One such scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman for the 2020-2021 academic year.

To be eligible for the Scholarship, students must do the following:

Complete on-line submission of a FAFSA form by March 6th . You may access this form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/Submission of all required FAFSA documents to UCA Financial Aid Office by March 20th. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (501) 450-3140 to determine what documents are needed to complete your Financial Aid file. An incomplete file will delay eligibility determination and could void your scholarship application. 

Plan to declare Art as their major emphasis of study; and, Attend the University Central Arkansas in the fall 2020 semester. 

Return a completed Application, along with the requested materials, via United States Mail, to the office by March 20th

Requested Materials 

  • All applicants
    • One page letter of application which describes your previous experiences in art and how you want to expand your knowledge and abilities in art at UCA. Two recommendation letters from high school teachers, preferably at least one letter from an art teacher. An official high school transcript. 
  • For studio and art education students
    • Images of at least 20 artworks on USB drive. Images must have your name, title of work, media, size and year of completion. 
  • For art history students
    • At least one research paper with references and at least one essay paper which demonstrates writing and analytical skills.

Application packet

ACCTEA Scholarship Award

The Arkansas Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (AACTEA) is offering two AACTEA Scholarship to high school seniors to supplement education costs beginning their freshman year. The scholarship awards are $500.00 each for the first academic year, and will be awarded to full-time or part-time students who enroll in an Arkansas college or university, including junior colleges, community colleges, and vocational or technical colleges.

Eligibility requirements include:

  1. Concentrator or Completer status on at least one Program of Study
  2. Having a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale
  3. Exhibiting a good citizenship record with no suspensions or expulsions
  4. Attempted or achieved an industry certification (ex CRC, OSHA, MTA)
  5. Planning to major in a demand occupation (listed on Discover Arkansas)

The AACTEA Scholarship Application is attached. Please make additional copies, as needed. An electronic copy of the application available on the AAEA website at www.theaaea.org. Click "Constituent Groups", “AACTEA”, then “AACTEA Scholarship.”

The completed application must be received on or before April 1, 2020.

Mail the completed application including everything on the checklist to:
Arkansas Association of Education Administrators
Attn: Shantele Raper, AACTEA Scholarship Chair
219 South Victory
Little Rock, AR 72201

Application Packet

Ralph G. Norman Scholarship

The Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas is seeking applicants for the 2020 Ralph G. Norman Scholarship, which is awarded in the amount of $2,500 to an individual with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in Fall 2020 at a university, two-year community college, or a vocational/technical training program.

The ideal scholarship recipient is an individual who...

  • Recognizes and understands his or her learning disability and is able to self-advocate when necessary
  • Is committed to pursuing higher academic study or career training and has begun to set realistic career goals
  • Is committed to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of a learning disability.
  • Participates in school and community activities

Applications must be submitted online by April 30, 2020 to be considered for the scholarship.

Online Application