Graduation 101

What does it take to earn a high school diploma?


Your Goal

Graduation. We’re here to help.
Many students don’t realize that there are multiple tracks they can follow to earn a high school diploma. Your options include:

  • The standard 24-credit program
  • An Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) 18-credit option
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum
  • An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) curriculum
  • Additional paths are available to students with unique needs; talk to your school counselor to learn more.


Did you know you may be able to satisfy the physical education credit if you play sports, participate in marching band or Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), or take dance or performing arts classes? Talk to your school counselor to learn more.


By The Numbers

What it takes to graduate

2.0 – The cumulative grade point average you must earn in all of your classes to graduate.

You must earn 24 credits over the course of your high school career, broken down as follows:

8 Electives
4 English/Language Arts
4 Mathematics, 2 of which must be Algebra and Geometry
2 Science credits with a laboratory component
1 Biology
1 U.S. History
1 World History
1 Fine or Performing Arts, Speech and Debate, or Practical Arts
1 Physical Education
.5 U.S. Government
.5 Economics credit that includes financial literacy


Online Required
At least one of your high school classes must be completed online. You must also meet the state assessment requirements for English/language arts and Algebra 1. Depending on your course load, you may also have to meet additional state assessment requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion instead of a standard diploma.


Fun Fact!
You might be able to receive credits for internships and other work experience. Your counselor can fill you in on all of your school’s options for earning your diploma and reaching your goals.



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