Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

According to Florida law, students must meet certain academic requirements to earn a standard high school diploma from a public school. This means that students must pass required courses, earn a minimum number of credits, earn a minimum grade point average and pass the required statewide assessments. Students who meet these requirements but do not pass the required assessments will receive a certificate of completion, which is not equivalent to a standard high school diploma. Passing scores for the statewide assessments are determined by the State Board of Education.

Diploma Options

Students must successfully complete one of the following diploma options:

Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities

Two options are available only to students with disabilities. Both require the 24 credits listed on the 24-Credit Standard Diploma page, and both allow students to substitute a career and technical education (CTE) course with related content for one credit in English Language Arts (ELA) 4, mathematics, science and social studies (excluding Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology 1 and U.S. History). The two options are as follows:

  • Students with significant cognitive disabilities may earn credits via access courses and be assessed via an alternate assessment.
  • Students who choose the academic and employment option must earn at least 0.5 credit via paid employment.

State Assessment Requirements

Students must pass the following statewide assessments:

  • Grade 10 English Language Arts (ELA) or a concordant score
  • Algebra 1 end-of-course (EOC) or a comparative score

Refer to Graduation Requirements for Florida’s Statewide Assessments for concordant and comparative scores.

Students enrolled in the following courses must participate in the EOC assessments, which constitute 30 percent of the final course grade:*

  • Algebra 1
  • Biology 1
  • Geometry
  • U.S. History

*Special note: Thirty percent not applicable if not enrolled in the course but passed the EOC (credit acceleration program [CAP]).