Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements for Class of 2022 only

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This section outlines the minimum requirements for a diploma. Preparation for specific occupations, for college, or for other interests will require careful planning of high school courses in addition to these minimum requirements. The school counseling staff at the high schools stand ready to assist each student with this planning.

Twenty (20) academic credits are the minimum required for graduation.  Students must also demonstrate career and college readiness via one of three state-approved measures.

If a student fails a required course, it is his/her responsibility to re-schedule that course.

The following steps must be completed for a student to graduate:

Complete Required Coursework

All students must complete at least 20 credits in the following content areas

  • English/Language Arts: 4 Credits
  • Science: 3 Credits (must include Integrated and Biology)
  • Math: 4 Credits (must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II)
  • Social Studies: 3 Credits (must include World History, American History, Economics, and P.O.D.)
  • Health: .5 Credit
  • Physical Education: .5 credit (may also be done by waiver, see Educational Options)
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit
  • Electives: 4 credits (may not include Health/P.E.)

Demonstrate Graduation Competencies

Competencies for the Class of 2022 only:

Satisfy one of the three original pathways to graduation that were in place when you entered high school. The pathways include:  

  1. Ohio’s State Tests – Earn at least 18 points on seven end-of-course state tests. Each test score earns you up to five graduation points. You must have a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies.
  2. Industry credential and workforce readiness – Earn a minimum of 12 points by receiving a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and earn the required score on WorkKeys, a work-readiness test. The state of Ohio will pay one time for you to take the WorkKeys test.
  3. College and career readiness tests – Earn remediation-free scores in mathematics and English language arts on either the ACT or SAT.

Members of the Class of 2022 may alternatively graduate under Ohio’s new graduation standards.

Competencies for the Class of 2023 and beyond:

  • Earn a passing score on Ohio’s high school Algebra I and English II tests (a scaled score of 684). Students who do not pass the test will be offered additional support and must retake the test at least once.

Students that do not meet this measure may demonstrate competency under one of three alternative measures:

Option One: Two Career-Focused Activities

Foundational
  • Proficient scores on WebXams
  • A 12-point industry credential
  • A pre-apprenticeship or acceptance into an
    approved apprenticeship program
Supporting
  • Work-based learning
  • Earn the required score on WorkKeys
  • Earn the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal

For students meeting Ohio’s graduation requirements showing competency through an industry credential, RiseUp credentials in Retail Industry Fundamentals and the Business of Retail are available in Marketing Applications (PHSC only) and RiseUp Retail Fundamentals and Customer Service and Sales are offered through the Business and Administrative Services Capstone Course (PHSN only).

Additionally, Eastland-Fairfield Career Center is offering students the opportunity to participate in senior-only programming in the career-technical programs below. Students have the opportunity to earn a 12-point industry credential during one of these programs.  Students should see their counselor for more information.

Click links below for additional information.

Construction Technologies

Culinary Arts

Agriculture/Heavy Equipment

Pre-Nursing

Automotive Technology

Nail Services

In addition to demonstrating competency with an industry credential, students must also earn the required 20 credits and earn two graduation seals.  

Option Two: Enlist in the Military

  • Show evidence that you have signed a contract to enter a branch of the U.S. armed services upon graduation

 

Option Three: Complete College Coursework

  • Earn credit for one college-level math and/or college-level English course through Ohio’s free College Credit Plus program.

 

Show Readiness for the Next Steps

Earn two of the following diploma seals, choosing those that line up with your goals and interests. These seals give you the chance to demonstrate academic, technical and professional skills and knowledge that align to your passions, interests and planned next steps after high school.

At least one of the two must be Ohio-designed:

  • OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal (Ohio)
  • Industry-Recognized Credential Seal (Ohio)
  • College-Ready Seal (Ohio)
  • Military Enlistment Seal (Ohio)
  • Citizenship Seal (Ohio)
  • Science Seal (Ohio)
  • Honors Diploma Seal (Ohio)
  • Seal of Biliteracy (Ohio)
  • Technology Seal (Ohio)
  • Community Service Seal (Local)
  • Fine and Performing Arts Seal (Local)
  • Student Engagement Seal (Local)

 

Honors Diploma Program

 

The State of Ohio has developed several options for students who wish to pursue an honors diploma. Please read through the following information carefully and take advantage of the honors diploma worksheets Pickerington Schools offer to help you better understand if you qualify for an honors diploma.  Each student may only earn one honors diploma.  Click on the following hyperlinks to read more about each diploma type or visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website.

Students must share their intent to pursue an honors diploma by the end of March of their senior year with their counselor to allow the district enough time to secure a panel of experts for portfolio and document review and verification.

Honors Diploma Requirements

 

Table represents the requirements for various Ohio Honors Diplomas, which is also detailed below

Students must meet all but one of the following criteria for each Honors Diploma type, unless it is a minimum graduation requirement, which are here for the class of 2017 and here for the classes of 2018 and beyond. Students must meet general graduation requirements to qualify for honors diplomas.  Note that students must declare one Honors Diploma type – they are not stackable.


ACADEMIC HONORS DIPLOMA

Math 4 units
Science 4 units, including 2 units of advanced science
Social Studies 4 units
World Languages 3 units of one world language, or no less than 2 units of each of two world languages studied
Fine Arts 1 unit
GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
ACT/SAT ACT: 27 or higher/SAT: 1280 or higher

CAREER-TECH HONORS DIPLOMA

Math 4 units
Science 4 units, including 2 units of advanced science
Social Studies 4 units
World Languages 2 units of one world language
Electives 4 units of career-technical courses
GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
ACT/SAT/WorkKeys ACT: 27 or higher/SAT: 1280 or higher/WorkKeys: 6 or higher on Reading for Information and 6 or higher on Applied Mathematics
Field Experience Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student’s area of focus.
Portfolio Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student’s field experience or a topic that is related to the student’s area of focus.
Additional Assessments Earn an industry-recognized credential or achieve proficiency benchmark for appropriate Ohio Career-Technical Competency Assessment or equivalent.

STEM HONORS DIPLOMA

Math 5 units
Science 5 units, including 2 units of advanced science
Social Studies 3 units
World Languages 3 units of one world language, or no less than 2 units of each of two world languages studied
Fine Arts 1 unit
Electives 2 units with a focus in STEM
GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
ACT/SAT ACT: 27 or higher/SAT: 1280 or higher
Field Experience Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student’s area of focus
Portfolio Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student’s field experience or a topic that is related to the student’s area of focus

ARTS HONORS DIPLOMA

Math 4 units
Science 3 units, including 1 unit of advanced science
Social Studies 3 units
World Languages 3 units of one world language, or no less than 2 units of each of two world languages studied
Fine Arts 4 units
Electives 2 units with a focus in fine arts
GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
ACT/SAT ACT: 27 or higher/SAT: 1280 or higher
Field Experience Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student’s area of focus
Portfolio Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student’s field experience or a topic that is related to the student’s area of focus

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT HONORS DIPLOMA

Math 4 units
Science 3 units, including 1 unit of advanced science
Social Studies 5 units
World Languages 3 units of one world language, or no less than 2 units of each of two world languages studied
Fine Arts 1 unit
Electives 3 units with a focus in social sciences and/or civics
GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
ACT/SAT ACT: 27 or higher/SAT: 1280 or higher
Field Experience Complete a field experience and document the experience in a portfolio specific to the student’s area of focus
Portfolio Develop a comprehensive portfolio of work based on the student’s field experience or a topic that is related to the student’s area of focus

 

Graduation Checklist

Students and families may use the graduation checklist that follows to audit their needs for graduation.

Graphic representation of the requirements for graduation that are listed on this website.