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 2 additional Core 40 math credits (total of 8)
- Earn 6-8 Core 40 world language credits (6 credits in one language or 4 credits each in two languages)
- Earn 2 Core 40 fine arts 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:
- Earn 4 credits in 2 or more AP courses and take corresponding AP exams
- Earn 6 verifiable transcripted college credits in dual credit courses from the approved dual credit list.
- 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.
- 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.**
- Earn an ACT composite score of 26 or higher and complete written section
- 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