Graduation Requirements

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    Take time to learn the requirements for graduation:

    New requirements for 9th grade students entering high school in 2013-2014 and beyond.

    Career and Technical Education Credential – Effective with the entering 9th-grade class of 2013-2014, students must earn a career and technical education credential approved by the Board of Education in order to earn a Standard Diploma. This credential could include, but is not limited to, an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia workplace readiness assessment. Virtual Course – Effective with the entering 9th-grade class of 2013-2014, students must complete one virtual course, which may be a noncredit-bearing course or a required or elective credit-bearing course that is offered online

    Entering Ninth-Grade Class of 2016-2017 and Beyond

    Training in Emergency First Aid, CPR, and Use of an AED - Beginning with first-time ninth grade students in the 2016-2017 school year, requirements for the standard and advanced diplomas shall include a requirement to be trained in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators, including hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.The more you know the better you will be with selecting and tracking your academic courses.

    Advanced Diploma

    To graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, a student must earn at least 24 or 26 standard units of credit, depending on when he or she entered ninth grade, and at least nine verified units of credit:

    • Students who entered ninth grade for the first time during and after 2011-2012 must earn at least 26 standard units of credit.
    • Students who entered ninth grade before 2011-2012 must earn at least 24 standard units of credit.

    Beginning with students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2013-2014, a student must successfully complete one virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing, to graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma.

    Please note: Your school counselor can tell you which courses are offered by your school to fulfill the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma.

    Standard Diploma

    To graduate with a Standard Diploma, a student must earn at least 22 standard units of credit by passing required courses and electives, and earn at least six verified credits by passing end-of-course SOL tests or other assessments approved by the Board of Education.

    Beginning with students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2013-2014, a student must also:

    • Earn a board-approved career and technical education credential to graduate with a Standard Diploma; and
    • Successfully complete one virtual course, which may be non-credit bearing.

    The school counselor can advise students on the available courses to fulfill the requirements for a Standard Diploma.

    Applied Studies Diploma

    The Applied Studies Diploma is a diploma option available to students identified as having a disability who complete the requirements of their individualized education programs (IEPs) and meet certain requirements prescribed by the Board of Education pursuant to regulations, but do not meet the requirements for any named diploma.