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Name of Student:__________________________________________________________________________

Name of Parent/Guardian:__________________________________________________________________

Name of District:__________________________________________________________________________

Name of School:___________________________________________________________________________


Smart Core is Arkansas’s college- and career-ready curriculum for high school students.

College- and career-readiness in Arkansas means that students are prepared for success in entry-level, credit-bearing

courses at two-year and four-year colleges and universities, in technical postsecondary training, and in well-paid

jobs that support families and have pathways to advancement. To be college- and career ready, students need to be

adept problem solvers and critical thinkers who can contribute and apply their knowledge in novel contexts and

unforeseen situations. Smart Core is the foundation for college- and career-readiness. All students should

supplement with additional rigorous coursework within their career focus.

Successful completion of the Smart Core curriculum is one of the eligibility requirements for the Arkansas

Academic Challenge Scholarship. Failure to complete the Smart Core curriculum for graduation may result in

negative consequences such as conditional admission to college and ineligibility for scholarship programs.

Parents or guardians may waive the right for a student to participate in Smart Core and to instead participate in

the Core curriculum. The parent must sign the separate Smart Core Waiver Form to do so.


English – 4 units

• English 9th grade

• English 10th grade

• English 11th grade

• English 12th grade

Mathematics – 4 units; One unit must be taken at 11th or 12th grade

• Algebra I or First Part and Second Part Algebra I (Grades 7-8 or 8-9)

• Geometry or First Part and Second Part Geometry (Grades 8-9 or 9-10)

• Algebra II

• Fourth Math--Choice of: Advanced Topics and Modeling in Mathematics, Algebra III, Calculus, Linear

Systems and Statistics, Mathematical Applications and Algorithms, Pre-Calculus, or an Advanced

Placement mathematics

Natural Science – 3 units with lab experience chosen from:

• Biology (1 unit)

Two units from the following three options:

• Physical Science

• Chemistry

• Physics or Principles of Technology I & II or PIC Physics

Social Studies – 3 units (see note beside economics)

• Civics – ½ unit

• World History – 1 unit

• American History – 1 unit

Oral Communication – ½ unit

Physical Education – ½ unit

Health and Safety ½ unit

Economics ½ unit (may be counted toward Social Studies or Career Focus)

Fine Arts ½ unit

Career Focus 6 units

Beginning with the entering 9th grade class of 2014 – 2015 school year, each high school student shall

be required to take at least one digital learning course for credit to graduate. (Act 1280 of 2013)

(Comparable concurrent credit may be substituted where applicable.)

By signing this form, I acknowledge that I have been informed of the requirements and implementation of the

Smart Core curriculum and am choosing the Smart Core curriculum for my child.

Parent/Guardian Signature __________________________________________Date _________________

School Official Signature ____________________________________________Date__________________

Arkansas Department of Education—August 7, 2013