Graduation Requirements Overview – Indiana Core 40 with Academic Honors

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