2020 Graduation Requirements

By: Blaklee Ferguson & Noa Ostrow


The Credit Requirements For Graduation

What are the requirements for the 24-credit standard diploma option?

  • 4 Credits English Language Arts (ELA) = 1. ELA I, II, III, IV 2. ELA honors, AP, AICE, IB and dual enrollment courses may satisfy this requirement.
  • 4 Credits Mathematics = 1. One of which must be Algebra I and one of which must be Geometry. 2. Industry certifications that lead to college credit may substitute for up to two mathematics credits (except for Algebra I and Geometry).
  • 3 Credits Science = 1. One of which must be Biology I, two of which must be equally rigorous science courses. 2. Two of the three required credits must have a laboratory component. 3. An industry certification that leads to college credit substitutes for up to one science credit (except for Biology I). 4. An identified rigorous computer science course with a related industry certification substitutes for up to one science credit (except for Biology I).
  • 3 Credits Social Studies = 1. 1 credit in World History 2. 1 credit in U.S. History 3. .5 credit in U.S. Government 4. .5 credit in Economics with Financial Literacy
  • 1 Credit Fine and Performing Arts, Speech and Debate, or Practical Arts
  • 1 Credit Physical Education 1. To include the integration of health
  • 8 Elective Credits
  • 1 Online Course

Grade point average required for graduation

  • Student must earn a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

State assessment requirements for Graduation

What are the state assessment requirements?

Students must pass the following statewide assessments:

  • Grade 10 ELA (or ACT/SAT concordant score)
  • Algebra I end-of-course (EOC) and the results constitute thirty percent of the final course grade* or a comparative score on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.)

Students must participate in the EOC assessments, and the results constitute 30 percent of the final course grade*. These assessments are in the following subjects:

  • Biology 1
  • Geometry
  • U.S. History
  • Algebra 2 (if enrolled) {Thirty percent not applicable if not enrolled in the course but passed the EOC.}

Requirements for Scholar and Merit Diplomas

What are the requirements for standard diploma designation?

Scholar Diploma Designation

In addition to meeting the 24-credit standard high school diploma requirements, a student must :

  • Earn 1 credit in Algebra II (must pass EOC);
  • Pass the Geometry EOC;
  • Earn 1 credit in statistics or an equally rigorous mathematics course;
  • Pass the Biology I EOC;
  • Earn 1 credit in chemistry or physics;
  • Earn 1 credit in a course equally rigorous to chemistry or physics;
  • Pass the U.S. History EOC;
  • Earn 2 credits in the same world language;
  • Earn at least 1 credit in AP, IB, AICE or a dual enrollment course.

A student is exempt from the Biology I or U.S. History assessment if the student is enrolled in an AP, IB or AICE Biology I or U.S. History course and the student

  • Takes the respective AP, IB or AICE assessment;
  • Earns the minimum score to earn college credit.

Merit Diploma Designation

  • Meet the standard high school diploma requirements
  • Attain one or more industry certifications from the list established (per section 1003.492, Statutes [F.S.]).

3 High School Progression courses

Science (standard)

  • Physical Science

Science (honors)

  • Physical Science Honors
  • Biology 1 Honors or Chemistry 1 Honors

Math (standard)

  • Algebra 1
  • Blocked with Intensive Math, as needed or Algebra 1 Honors
  • Algebra 2 Honors

Math (honors)

  • Geometry or Geometry Honors

ELA (standard)

  • English 1
  • English 2
  • English 3
  • English 4 or English 4 FL College Prep

ELA (honors)

  • English 1 Honors
  • English 2 Honors (recommended AP courses)
  • English 3 Honors
  • English 4 Honors