For the Core 40 with Academic Honors designation, students must earn a minimum of 47 credits, including:
The 40 Total State Credits Required for Core 40
- English: 8 Credits
- Math: 6 Credits
- Science: 6 Credits
- Social Studies: 6 Credits
- Directed Electives: 5 Credits
- Physical Education & Wellness: 3 Credits
- Electives: 6 Credits*
Additionally, students must:
- Earn 6 credits in the college and career preparation courses in a state-approved College & Career Pathway and one of the following:
- Pathway designated industry-based certification or credential, or
- Pathway dual credits from the approved dual credit list resulting in 6 transcripted college credits
- Earn a grade of “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma.
- Have a grade point average of “B” or better.
- Complete one of the following four options
- Earn the following minimum scores on WorkKeys:
- Workplace Documents – Level 6
- Applied Math – Level 6
- Graphic Literacy – Level 5.***
- Earn the following minimum score(s) on Accuplacer:
- Writing 80
- Reading 90
- Math 75
- D. Earn the following minimum score(s) on Compass:
- Algebra 66
- Writing 70
- Reading 80
- Any one of the options (A – F) of the Core 40 with Academic Honors:
- (A)Earn 4 credits in 2 or more AP courses and take corresponding AP exams
- (B)Earn 6 verifiable transcripted college credits in dual credit courses from the approved dual credit list.
- (C) Earn two of the following:
- A minimum of 3 verifiable transcripted college credits from the approved dual credit list
- 2 credits in AP courses and corresponding AP exams
- 2 credits in IB standard level courses and corresponding IB exams.
- (D) Earn a composite score of 1250 or higher on the SAT and a minimum of 560 on math and 590 on the evidence-based reading and writing section.**
- (E) Earn an ACT composite score of 26 or higher and complete written section
- (F) Earn 4 credits in IB courses and take corresponding IB exams.
Schools may have additional local graduation requirements that apply to all students (not required for students with an IEP).
* Specifies the number of electives required by the state. High school schedules provide time for many more electives during the high school years. All students are strongly encouraged to complete a College and Career Pathway (selecting electives in a deliberate manner) to take full advantage of career and college exploration and preparation opportunities.
**SAT scores updated September, 2017
***WorkKeys assessment titles updated, 2018