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Graduation Requirements

At Fei Tian Academy of the Arts – Middletown, grade 9-12 (high school) students are required to take classes in the following curriculum areas:

  • English language arts (4 units)
  • Social studies (4 units)
  • Science (3 units)
  • Mathematics (3 units)
  • Health and life skills (1/2 unit)
  • Physical education (2 units)
  • Music (1 unit for non-music track, 8 units for music track)
  • Dance (1 unit for non-dance track, 8 units for dance track)
  • Fine Arts (1 unit for non-fine arts track, 8 units for fine arts track)
  • Chinese language (1 unit)
  • Academic electives (8 units for academic track, 4 units for arts track)
  • Other electives (4 units for academic track, 1 unit for arts track)

The total number of units required for high school graduation is 32.5.

1 unit is equivalent to 4~5 classes per day for an academic year; 0.5 unit is equivalent to 2~3 classes per week for an academic year, or 4~5 classes per day for a semester.

For high school academic track students:

A high school academic track student is required to take at least 16 units of electives in high school years.

All high school academic track students are required to take at least 2 units of academic electives every year, for a total of 8 units of academic electives (in addition to the required 1 unit of Chinese language) in high school years.

For academic track students in grade 9, 10, and 11, it is required that a student takes at least 1 unit of the courses from Performing Arts and Fine Arts electives every year. A student is required to take at least 1 unit of dance, 1 unit of music, and 1 unit of fine arts in high school years.

For high school arts track students:

It is required that a high school arts track student takes every year at least 2 units of the courses of his/her track, and at least 0.5 unit of course from arts electives not of his/her track. A student is required to take at least 1 unit of each of dance, music, and fine arts in high school years.

A high school arts track student is required to take at least 4 units of academic electives (in addition to the required 1 unit of Chinese language) in high school years.

For high school ESL students:

ESL I classes are counted as 1 unit of English course, 2 units of academic electives for academic track students or 1 unit of academic electives for arts track students.

ESL II classes are counted as 1 unit of English course and 1 unit of academic electives.

ESL III class is counted as 1 unit of academic electives.

Chinese Language Requirements

All high school students are required to take at least 1 unit of Chinese language course:

For students who have finished the middle school in China, they are required to take at least 1 unit of advanced Chinese language.

All other students are required to take at least 1 unit of Chinese language AND achieve at least Chinese language Level 2.