Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options

Whether a freshman or a senior, this page has all of your graduation requirement details. The information below will help you navigate a path to earning your diploma.

Graduation Requirements

Required Courses

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.

Complete at least twenty (20) academic units – of the twenty (20) units required, units must include:

English Language Arts: Four Units: In order to fulfill the English requirement for graduation, a student must complete the following minimum course work:

  • 9th Grade – English 9 or Honors English 9
  • 10th Grade – English 10 or Honors English 10
  • 11th Grade – English 11, Honors English 11, Honors Extended Thematic Studies 11, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, select Dual Credit courses
  • 12th Grade – English 12, Honors Extended Thematic Studies 12, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, select Dual Credit courses

Science: Three Units

If the student took Integrated Science in 8th grade for high school credit, he or she must take Biology in the 9th grade. Students completing Science 8 must take Integrated Science in the 9th grade.

  • Integrated Science – 1 credit
  • Biology – 1 credit
  • Elective Science – 1 credit

Mathematics: Four Units

One of which shall be Algebra 2 or its equivalent

Social Studies: Three Units

  • World History or Honors World History – 1 credit
  • American History, Honors American History or AP United States History – 1 credit
  • Economics or AP Micro/Macroeconomics – 1/2 credit
  • Principles of Democracy (Government) or AP Government and Politics – 1/2 credit

*Select Dual Credit courses may meet some Social Studies requirements

Health: One-half Unit

Physical Education or PE Replacement Option: One-half Unit

PE requirement may be replaced with a 1/2 unit of elective unit if a student completes 2 full seasons of Marching Band, Cheerleading or an OHSAA approved sport. The student will need to complete an additional 1/2 unit of an elective. Students must complete a PE Replacement Application.

Fine Arts: Any course from Music, Art, Theatre, Photography, Graphic Arts, Advanced Photography A and Advanced Photography B) – 1 unit

Electives: Four Units of courses other than PE and health*

  • Any student planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree should take at least 2 units of a foreign language.
  • Ohio Revised Code specifies electives units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required.

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

State of Ohio Graduation Requirements, including State Testing requirements, can be foundonline.

Ohio Graduation Requirements

Ohio’s transition to multiple options for earning a high school diploma is an exciting one for students who will have more flexibility for success in school and preparing for their futures after high school. The Ohio Department of Education is providing three tools to communicate effectively these options.

Honors Diplomas

Criteria for Diploma With Honors

High school students who exceed graduation requirements in Ohio are eligible to receive an Honors Diploma. Currently, there are three types of Honors Diplomas.

The Academic Honors Diploma requires a student to earn higher level credits or more credits in mathematics, science and social studies. Additionally, the student must earn world language credits and have a 3.5 GPA as well as either an ACT score of 27 or a SAT score of 1210.

The other two types of Honors Diplomas are the International Baccalaureate and Career Technical Honors Diplomas. While similar to the Academic Honors Diploma, there are a few differences.

The International Baccalaureate Honors Diploma requires an additional world language requirement and completion of the International Baccalaureate assessments in at least six academic areas.

The Career Technical Honors Diploma does not require any world language credits but does require four career-technical education credits. The student also must earn an industry-recognized credential or be proficient on an appropriate career-technical assessment.




Honors Diplomas

High school students can gain state recognition for exceeding Ohio’s graduation requirements through an honors diploma. Students challenge themselves by taking and succeeding at high-level coursework and in real-world experiences.

Complete information can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.