High School Graduation Requirements


The Governing Board desires to prepare all students to obtain a diploma of high school graduation to enable them to take advantage of opportunities for postsecondary education and/or employment.

  • (cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

  • (cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)

  • (cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)

  • (cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

  • (cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity of Academic Credit)

Course Requirements

Students shall receive diplomas of graduation from high school only after completing the prescribed course of study and meeting the standards of proficiency established by the district and the state.

All students in grades 9 through 12 shall complete the following course of study and shall have 225 credits in order to receive a diploma of graduation.


225 Total Credits Needed to Graduate


40 - ENGLISH

  • Four (4) years of English


30 - MATHEMATICS

  • Three (3) years of Math
  • Algebra 1 must be passed


30 - SCIENCE

  • Three (3) years of Science
  • 10 One year of Life Science
  • 10 One year of Physical Science
  • 10 One year of Science Requirement


30 - HISTORY

  • Three (3) years of History
  • 10 One year of World History
  • 10 One year of US History
  • 5 One semester of American Government
  • 5 One semester of Economics


20 - PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Two (2) years of PE


10 - VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

  • One (1) year of Visual or Performing Arts
  • 10 - FINE ART FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  • One (1) year of American Sign Language or World/Foreign Language


55 - ELECTIVES

  • The remaining 55 credits may be taken from any courses offered at the high school or the ROP program. 10 credits may be taken in TA; 20 credits may be taken in work experience; 20 credits may be earned through Community Service.

Updated on by Michael Phillips Ii