GRADUATION : What are the requirements for graduation?

The Lighthouse follows the high school curriculum requirements for the University System of Georgia for all college bound students.  The following chart reflects the minimum unit requirements in each of the academic subject areas. All students will be required to complete a minimum of 22 units for graduation from The Lighthouse.

Students should contact their college or university of interest to learn about any additional institution-specific admission requirements that may apply, and  pay attention to courses required for NCAA eligibility and University System of Georgia/HOPE scholarship eligibility.

Carnegie Unit Requirements

Carnegie Unit Requirement

In Specific Subject Areas

4 Carnegie units of college preparatory English

Literature (9th, 10th, American, English) integrated with grammar, usage and advanced composition skills

4 Carnegie units of college preparatory mathematics

Algebra I and II, geometry and a fourth year of advanced math

4 Carnegie units of college preparatory science

4 units in natural science, two must have a laboratory component. At least one unit of biology; one unit of physical science or physics; one unit of chemistry, earth science, environmental science or an advanced placement course; and a fourth science

3 Carnegie units of college preparatory social science

3 units of social science, with at least one course focusing on United States studies and one course focusing on world studies; .5 unit of American Government or Civics and .5 unit of economics

2 Carnegie units of the same foreign language or American Sign Language

2 units in the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 2 units of American Sign Language can be used to satisfy this requirement


Testing and College Planning

Please visit the “College Planning” tab of the website and click on “Explore Schools” to learn more about institution admission requirements and to view institution contact information. Questions regarding admission to a specific University System of Georgia institution should be directed to the institution. General questions may be directed to the University System of Georgia’s Office of Student Affairs by emailing or calling 404-962-3110.


Scholarship, Grant and Financial Aid Programs, Test preparation, along with high school, college and career planning


The Lighthouse is a testing site for students with SSD approved accommodations.
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

  • The critical reading section includes reading passages and sentence completions.
  • The writing section includes a short essay and multiple-choice questions on identifying errors and improving grammar and usage.
  • The mathematics section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.


The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.