High School Graduation Requirements
Aspiring Heights Academy follows the same requirements for a standard high school diploma as specified in Florida Statute 1003.4282, except that we do not require statewide, standardized assessments as these were created to meet federal and state assessment accountability requirements for Florida public schools. Students enrolled in our diploma program must pass the required courses, earn a minimum of 24 credits, and earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale to graduate from our school. Students must complete a minimum of one full semester at Aspiring Heights Academy. Core courses, credits, and grades must be documented on official transcripts. (See also Documenting Extracurricular Activities and Alternative Ways to Earn High School Credits.)
General Course Requirements
Graduation requirements are based on the school year in which a student first enters grade nine. The general requirements below apply to students entering grade nine in the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter. Note that credits in foreign languages are not required for a standard 24-credit high school diploma, but they are required for admission into state universities and to meet the basic academic requirements for Florida Academic Scholars and Florida Medallion Scholars Bright Futures Scholarships.
|General Requirements for a Standard 24-CREDIT high school Diploma|
|4||English Language Arts||ELA I, II, III, and IV or equivalent|
|4||Mathematics||One credit must be Algebra 1; One credit must be Geometry|
|3||Natural Science||One credit must be Biology 1; Two credits must be equally rigorous; Two credits must include a laboratory component|
|3||Social Science||One credit in World History; One credit in U.S. History; One-half credit in U.S Government; One-half credit in Economics with Financial Literacy|
|1||Fine or Performing Arts, Speech and Debate, or Practical Arts||Eligible courses are specified in the Florida Course Code Directory at http://www.fldoe.org/policy/articulation/CCD|
|1||Physical Education (to include the integration of health)||One credit in HOPE or one-half credit in Personal Fitness and one-half credit in a physical education elective|
|8||Electives||Students seeking a Bright Futures Scholarship or who may attend a state college or university should earn two credits in the same foreign language.|
|Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale|
Honor Diploma Graduates
Students who earn an unweighted grade point average of 3.65 or higher, will earn an honors designation. Our honors levels are as follows:
- 3.65 – 3.84 GPA: Honors
- 3.85 – 3.94 GPA: High Honors
- 3.95 – 4.00 GPA: Highest Honors
For guidance planning your child's high school course schedule, take a look at our short list of comprehensive resources. We also have a few printable planners and organizers that you may find helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.
We recommend you keep a portfolio throughout your child's high school years. Many colleges and universities require applicants who complete a home school program or graduate from a non-accredited high school to submit portfolios and/or transcripts to be considered for admission. Note that the acceptance of diplomas and transcripts from private schools is subject to the requirements of the receiving institution.
Students who have met the credit requirements for graduation but are not able to document their core coursework on official transcripts or have not achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may receive a Certificate of Completion. Note, however, that a Certificate of Completion does not carry any of the privileges of a high school diploma. Students earning a Certificate of Completion may have difficulty finding employment and getting into college.
Florida public schools have specific high school course credit and assessment requirements. It is important that you are aware of the public high school graduation requirements should your child enter or return to a Florida public school. Please visit the Florida Department of Education for information about public high school graduation requirements. Graduation requirements are also outlined in Florida Statute 1003.4282.