Graduation Requirements

Each course is worth 0.5 credits per semester. Students must retake courses they fail during summer school, during the next school year, or during after-school credit-recovery. Students who fail to accumulate 24 credits may be offered a fifth year of high school at the discretion of the principal.

Credits to promote from one grade level to another are based on the completion of core classes:

10th Grade6 Credits
11th Grade12 Credits
12th Grade18 Credits

Graduation Requirements:

To ensure that students are qualified for entrance into college, they must earn 24 credits to graduate. Graduation requirements and additional elective offerings are outlined in the Tennessee Student Policy Manual.

Financing College

Don't let the high cost of college discourage you. Numerous sources of financial aid can help you afford even the most expensive schools. In fact, nearly half of all college students receive some financial aid. The key is to start saving and researching now.

Save Early: Consider the types of college you might attend (public, private, urban, rural), the requirements of your potential major (books, supplies), and living costs (housing, transportation, food). Estimate your financial needs, and begin saving money each month. Many banks offer special college savings accounts.

Explore Your Options: You can apply for several types of aid from federal and state agencies, private foundations, and colleges. The federal government alone provides nearly $50 billion in student aid to U.S. citizens annually. Delve into the topics below for more information. 

All about the FAFSA

Seniors: If you plan to start college in the fall of the following year you and your parents need to submit a FAFSA on the required dates for best results.

FAFSA On the Web They promise quicker turnaround time if you fill out the FAFSA on the web. It's a good idea to pick up a hard copy of the FAFSAin the counseling center so you know ahead of time what information they are going to require.

FAFSA PIN - Before you can apply for financial aid online, you need to register for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for you and your parents. This serves as you electronic signature when you fill out the FAFSA online to learn more about scholarship scams. You can actually search for free online or go to your local library for a list of scholarships. Check out these websites.

Financial Aid Calculators - The most popular calculators are the College Cost Projector, Savings Plan Designer , Financial Aid Estimation Calculator and Loan Payment Calculator.

FAFSA Help - Here you will find all the answers to your questions about filling out the FAFSA. There are even photos of the form with very exact instructions on completing the questions.

Loans vs. Grants


A Federal subsidized educational loan is money borrowed to help assist students with low interest rate loans to help defray the educational costs. The Federal subsidized loans can be borrowed from different lenders and can be guaranteed by several state agencies throughout the United states. You will need to check with your college or university for a list of lenders and guarantors.

The loans must be paid back after you graduate from college or drop below a half time status. Your loans can be deferred during some periods while you are in attendance in school and most loans have a grace period before you begin to repay. You may wish to go to EDFUND to see more about the loans they guarantee. They may be contacted by going to .


Grants are different in that you do not have to pay back the grant. Both the grant and loan are used for the purpose of assisting students, who demonstrate financial need, with tuition costs to attend a college, university or private post secondary institution.

Each student should look into the grant programs, both federal and state first, and if you demonstrate further financial need, then you can explore subsidizing your educational costs with student loans.

Don't Fall for Scholarship Scams: Applying for financial aid is free!! You will only need to fill out a FAFSA application. Be wary of companies offering to find scholarships for you for a fee. Go to to learn more about scholarship scams. You can search for free online or go to your local library for a list of scholarships. These websites are valuable resources: - This is a free scholarship search site. You fill out an online profile and they look for scholarships that fit your profile. They give you a "mailbox" and as time goes by they'll put scholarship applications (or letters about them) in your mailbox.

Financial Aid Calculators - The most popular calculators are the College Cost Projector, Savings Plan Designer , Financial Aid Estimation Calculator and Loan Payment Calculator.

Americorps - This explains the volunteer programs of service to America, like VISTA and The National Civilian Community Corps. Americorps workers also work for Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross andBoys and Girls Clubs. It is a great program for those who are really interested in doing something for the country as a civilian

Selective Service Registration 
In order to receive any government backed loans, all 18 year old males must register with the selective service. Might as well do it now!


Scholarships are awarded to students based on several criteria. Your child can receive a scholarship for academics, athletics, community service, and many other endeavors. Your child can fill out an online profile and the website will match their profile with potential scholarships. The Minority Scholarship Search allows students to search for scholarships that are open to students of their race. Other organizations that offer college scholarships include:

Bus Routes

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BCHS Bus Route Instructions:

  • Please look for a bus marked Cline Transportation at the times and locations scheduled below.
  • Students should be in Bluff City Uniform and/or be able to present their student IDs to the bus driver.
  • Students will be held to the standards of the Student Policy Handbook while on the bus.
  • If you have any questions, please call Bluff City High School at 901-730-8157.

Bus Route W - Wooddale Neighborhood

Bus Route K1 - Kirby Neighborhood

Bus Route K2 - Kirby Neighborhood

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Uniform Policy

It is our goal to create a safe, orderly, and academically focused environment. Research shows that when combined with other appropriate measures, dress code policies have a positive impact on school climate, student behavior and academic success. Students are to focus on cleanliness, neatness, good taste, and safety. The regulations listed below are to be observed by all students at all times. SHIRTS: Only plain collared, polo-style shirts are to be worn in the color that the school designates. The only approved logo or name is the name of the school. Plain shirts are acceptable, but no logos are permitted. All shirts must be tucked in at all times during school hours. When both hands are raised, the shirt must be long enough to remain tucked. All undershirts must be black, white, or gray and must be worn under not over the shirt.

SWEATERS/SWEATSHIRTS: Sweatshirts may be worn in the school’s designated color. All sweaters must be worn with a uniform shirt underneath. Sweaters must plain with no writing, emblems, or logos of any kind except the name of the school.

PANTS/SHORTS: Only trouser-style khaki pants/shorts/ are to be worn. Trousers are to be worn at least ankle length but not touching the ground. No cargo shorts are permitted. The hem must not be frayed or ripped and sweat pants are not allowed. It is not permissible to cut the leg seam. Shorts/skirts must reach the top of the knee in length. Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist, not at the hip.

SKIRTS/SHORTS: Khaki skirts/skorts must be the appropriate size and must fall just above the student’s kneecaps. 
TIGHTS/LEGGINGS: Only solid black, white, or gray may be worn under skirts of the appropriate length.

BELTS: Belts it must be a black, white, or gray, standard width belt, and it must be properly worn at waist level. Belts may be webbed, braided or leather. Belts and belt buckles may not have logos, studs, chains or initials.

FOOTWEAR: Dress shoes or tennis shoes. All footwear must have closed toes and closed heels. No house shoes, slippers, or sandals of any kind are allowed. Shoes must be plain black, white or gray.

HAIR: Neat, clean, and fixed in such a way that it does not hang in the face. Beards and mustaches that are neatly trimmed.

HEAD WEAR: No hats, bandanas, wave caps, or visors are allowed on campus. Students may not wear their hoods in class. Girls may wear ribbons, rubber bands, barrettes, or headbands. No sweatbands are allowed on your wrists or your head. SCHOOL GEAR: School T-Shirts, Spirit Shirts, and sweatshirts may be worn on designated days.

SOCKS: Plain black, white or gray must be worn.

COATS/OUTERWEAR: Coats and outwear may be worn but must be taken off and stored in lockers during the school day. 
SYMBOLS: Symbols, either sewn or pinned onto clothes, backpacks or jewelry, may not display any messages of intolerance, gang, drug or sexual references. Such symbols will not be tolerated on any school materials or supplies. 

We must establish the integrity of our dress code. Student who are not in uniform will be given opportunities to correct their attire, including using “loaner clothing” if it is available. Students who fail to return the loaner clothing at the end of the day may have their student accounts charged the cost of the clothing. The student should expect disciplinary action consistent with our progressive discipline policy. A phone call home may be made on the first offense for any student who fails to comply with the dress code. A family member may be asked to come to school with a change of clothes, and student may receive detention and/or in-school suspension.

Assessment Notification
TNReady (ELA, Math) & TCAP (Social Studies, Science)3-8April 16 - May 4TDOE Requirement: summative assessment of student achievement on grade-level TN learning standards. Administered on paper.
TNReady (ELA, Math) & TCAP (History, Science) 
Traditional Schedule and Spring Block
9-11April 16 - May 4TDOE Requirement: summative assessment of student achievement on grade-level TN learning standards. Administered on paper.
TNReady ELA & SOcial Studies Field Tests3-11March 5 - 30TDOE Requirement for state-selected schools: filed items administered to select grades.
ACT*11TN start date:
March 20
Makeups: April 3 &24
TDOE Requirement: national college readiness exam that measures high school achievement and is used in the college admissions process.
ACT Senior Retake12Oct 22Opportunity for all high school seniors who have taken the ACT previously to retake the assessment at no cost on a National Test Date.
Civics AssessmentHSSchool DeterminedTDOE Requirement: All graduating seniors are required to pass a citizenship test. Schools decide what year in school students take the test, as well as the test date.
(ELL Students)
K-12March 5 - April 20TDOE Requirement: assessment of English proficiency for students who are English Langugage Learners (ELL)
MSAA & Portfolio
(students with severe congnitive disabilities)
3-12March 19 - May 11TDOE Requirement: assessment of Reading, Math, and Science relative to TN learning standards for students whose disabilities prevent them from accessing standard summative achievement tests.
Lexile AssessmentK-12Aug 14 - Sept 1
Nov 27 - Dec 15
April 30 - May 18
ASD Requirement: progress monitoring of student reading growth measure by the Lexile scale

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Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee

4100 Ross Rd.
Memphis, TN 38115

Phone: (901) 730-8157