• GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     All students attending Open High School are programmed to earn the Advanced Studies Diploma.  For information about the standard diploma, please visit the Virginia Department of Education website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/standard.shtml

     

    For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2018-2019 and beyond

    To graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma for students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2018-2019 and beyond, a student must earn at least 26 standard units of credit and five verified units of credit. Students earn standard credits by successfully completing required and elective courses. Students earn verified credits by successfully completing required courses and passing associated end-of-course SOL tests or other assessments approved by the state Board of Education.

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

     

    Advanced Studies Diploma Course Requirements (8 VAC 20-131-51) for Students Entering the Ninth Grade for the First Time in 2018-2019 and Beyond

    Subject Area

    Standard Credits

    Verified Credits

    Specifications

    English

    4

    2

    N/A

    Mathematics

    4

    1

    Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among: algebra I, geometry, algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of algebra II. The board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement. Per the Standards of Quality, a computer science course credit earned by students may be considered a mathematics course credit.

    Laboratory Science

    4

    1

    Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: earth sciences, biology, chemistry, or physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma and shall include interdisciplinary courses that incorporate Standards of Learning content from multiple academic areas. The board shall approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement. Per the Standards of Quality, a computer science course credit earned by students may be considered a science course credit.

    History and Social Sciences

    4

    1

    Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include Virginia and U.S. history, Virginia and U.S. government, and two courses in either world history or geography or both. The board shall approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.

    World Language

    3

    0

    Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include three years of one language or two years of two languages.

    Health and Physical Education

    2

    0

    N/A

    Fine Arts or Career and Technical Ed

    1

    0

    Per the Standards of Quality, a computer science course credit earned by students may be considered a career and technical credit.

    Economics & Personal Finance

    1

    0

    N/A

    Electives

    3

    0

    Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives as required by the Standards of Quality.

    Total Credits

    26

    5

    N/A

     

    Additional Requirements for Graduation

    • Advanced Placement, Honors, or International Baccalaureate Course or Career and Technical Education Credential - In accordance with the Standards of Quality, students shall either (i) complete an Advanced Placement, honors, or International Baccalaureate course or (ii) earn a career and technical education credential approved by the board, except when a career and technical education credential in a particular subject area is not readily available or appropriate or does not adequately measure student competency, in which case the student shall receive satisfactory competency-based instruction in the subject area to satisfy the advanced studies diploma requirements. The career and technical education credential, when required, could include the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia workplace readiness assessment.
    • Virtual Course - Students shall successfully complete one virtual course, which may be a non-credit-bearing course or a required or elective credit-bearing course that is offered online.
    • Training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) - Students shall be trained in emergency first aid, CPR, and the use of AED, including hands-on practice of the skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Students with an IEP or 504 Plan that documents that they cannot successfully complete this training shall be granted a waiver from this graduation requirement, as provided in 8VAC20-131-420
    • Demonstration of the five Cs- Students shall acquire and demonstrate foundational skills in critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship in accordance with the Profile of a Virginia Graduate approved by the board.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 through 2017-2018

    To graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma for students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-2012 through 2017-2018, a student must earn at least 26 standard units of credit and at least nine verified units of credit:. Students earn standard credits by successfully completing required and elective courses. Students earn verified credits by successfully completing required courses and passing associated end-of-course SOL tests or other assessments approved by the state Board of Education.

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

     

    Advanced Studies Diploma Course Requirements (8 VAC 20-131-51) for Students Entering the Ninth Grade for the First Time in 2011-2012 through 2017-2018

    Discipline Area

    Standard Credits

    Verified Credits

    Specifications

    English

    4

    2

    N/A

    Mathematics

    4

    2

    Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include at least three different course selections from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II. The board shall approve courses to satisfy this requirement. Per the Standards of Quality, a computer science course credit earned by students may be considered a mathematics course credit.

    Laboratory Science

    4

    2

    Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among: earth sciences, biology, chemistry, or physics or completion of the sequence of science courses required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The board shall approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement. Per the Standards of Quality, a computer science course credit earned by students may be considered a science course credit.

    History & Social Sciences

    4

    2

    Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and two courses in either world history or geography or both. The board shall approve additional courses to satisfy this requirement.

    World Language

    3

    0

    Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include three years of one language or two years of two languages.

    Health & Physical Education

    2

    0

    N/A

    Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education

    1

    0

    Per the Standards of Quality, a computer science course credit earned by students may be considered a career and technical education course credit.

    Economics and Personal Finance

    1

    0

    N/A

    Electives

    3

    0

    N/A

     

     

     

     

    Student Selected Test

    0

    1

    A student may utilize additional tests for earning verified credit in computer science, technology, career or technical education, economics or other areas as prescribed by the board in 8VAC20-131-110.

    Total

    26

    9

    N/A

    Additional Requirements for Graduation

    • Virtual Learning- Students shall successfully complete one virtual course, which may be a noncredit-bearing course, or may be a course required to earn this diploma that is offered online.
    • Training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) - Beginning with first-time ninth-grade students in the 2016–2017 school year, students shall 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. Students with an IEP or 504 Plan that documents that they cannot successfully complete this training shall be granted a waiver from this graduation requirement, as provided in 8VAC20-131-420