Primary through High School
Primary and high school are free to all students. Preschool through 6th grade attend Pine Hollow Elementary School. 7th through 12th grades attend Arcadia High School.
Advanced placement courses are available for any student that wants to enroll (afterschool programs). Family must meet with academic adviser and student must have a B+ GPA to be approved.
Qualifications for graduation: 10 skill points total, C or above average, 2 hobby points, and completion of senior project.
Qualifications for graduation from the honors program: 15 skill points total, B+ or above average, 3 hobby points, and completion of senior project.
Seniors must complete and present project prior to graduation. Can choose from the following options:
- Nature: 8 bugs collected
- Art: 3 photographs, paintings, or crafted items
- Music & Dance: perform or dance a recital
- Cooking: Prepare 3 culinary desserts
- Literature: Read 2 novels and discuss with instructor
- Fitness: write a paper on physical fitness
- Games: Compete in chess match, write paper on gaming history
- Science: Research a constellation in the sky (earn 2 logic points with telescope)
- Sports: write paper on favorite sports star
- Tinkering: repair 5 broken items
Higher learning for tomorrow’s leaders!
At Pine State University, our goal is to produce citizens who have the business knowledge and experience to lead our community into the future. Our campus is located in the city of Arcadia, only thirty minutes from Pine Hollow.
Qualifications for enrollment: Must graduate high school with a C average, with at least 12 skill points total. Tuition is $1,000 per semester for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and Doctorate/Law $2,500 per semester.
On campus freshmen and sophomores must live in dorms. Juniors and seniors are free to rent housing on campus.
Graduate placement program:
GPA of 4.0-3.8: Placed immediately in career field of choice
GPA of 3.7-3.4: Placed in desired career field within four years
GPA of 3.3 or below: Must wait until career becomes available on the computer, no matter how long it takes
Students may enroll in online courses provided by PSU to obtain either a bachelor’s, master’s, or law/doctorate degrees for adults going into specialized fields.
Bachelor’s students must have 20 skill points total, with 5 in major, and a C+ GPA to graduate. Master’s students must have 25 skill points total, with 7 in major, and a C+ GPA to qualify for graduation. (2 extra years, 6 years total of college courses). Doctorate or law students must have 30 skill points total, 10 in major, with a C+ GPA and complete thesis (novel) to qualify for graduation. (4 extra years, 8 years total of college courses).
Students can also complete a study abroad program (travel to France, China, or Egypt). Cost is $2500 per semester, which includes airfare and housing. Student must attain 4 additional skill points each semester abroad and must complete one adventure.
Careers that require college degree and major:
(degrees with a * next to them require a master’s degree at higher levels)
Architect – technology*
Art Appraiser – fine arts
Business – business*
Culinary – fine arts or business
Entomologist – science
Fitness trainer – physical fitness
Inventor – technology*
Investigator – communications or science
Journalism – communications
Medical – science*
Military – technology*
Music – fine arts
Oceanographer – science*
Political – communications*
Real estate – business
Resort manager – business
Science – science*
Sports agent – physical education
Stylist – fine arts
Teaching – any major, dependent upon choice of specialty*
Video game developer – technology
Zoologist – science
Careers that require doctorate or law degree:
Careers not listed don’t require college education but Sim is free to enroll if they wish or to attend Pine Hollow Community College. Study in PHCC requires taking classes at each place in town and earn 3 skill points in field related to career.
Not all of my “careers” are actually careers in the game. For example, zoologist is just a LTW but I thought it could be a fun career of collecting and selling lizards, snakes, and birds, as well as keeping some to “study” (writing nonfiction books about the animals) and maybe even opening a habitat other Sims can visit. Same with the entomologist, which would be collecting and studying bugs. I have a child Sim who wants to be a zoologist, which is where the idea to turn these into a career came from.