Graduation RequirementsAll students are required to pass a certain number of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in order to obtain verified credits for graduation. A verified credit (VC) is earned when the student passes both the course and SOL test.
There are eleven Standards of Learning (SOL) tests for students in grades 9-12.
ENGLISH: Reading, Writing
MATH: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
SCIENCE: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry
HISTORY: World History 1, World History 2, Virginia & US History
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) changed the graduation requirements for freshmen starting last year (in the 2018-2019 school year).
* FIRST-TIME 9TH GRADERS STARTING IN 2019 & 2018: Five (5) verified credits (Reading, Writing, 1 Math, 1 Science, & 1 History) is needed to graduate regardless of whether the student is pursuing a Standard or Advanced Diploma.
* GRADE 11-12 STUDENTS IN 2019-2020: The table below shows how many SOL tests a non-transfer upperclassman needs to earn an Advanced or Standard Diploma:
English (Reading & Writing)
Math (Alg 1, Alg 2, Geom)
Science (Bio, Chem, Earth Sci)
History (US Hist, WH1, WH2)
Floater (1 more SOL of choice)
Our Testing Coordinator, Mr. Vogl, is in his 4th year at Potomac Falls. Mr. Vogl previously served for seven years as a high school assessment coach in Fairfax County. He has unique experience in developing national math and science tests, and has taught both Algebra 1 and Earth Science. Mr. Vogl is also a former TV meteorologist - please ask him about the weather! Outside of school, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.Our Testing Coordinator strives to help every student on their road to on-time graduation, working closely with administrators, counselors, and teachers throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Vogl at Matthew.Vogl@lcps.org if you have any questions or concerns.Potomac Falls Mission Statement
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