High School Graduation Requirements
Aspiring Heights Academy follows the same curriculum requirements for a standard high school diploma as specified in Florida Statute 1003.4282, except that we do not require participation in statewide, standardized assessments since 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. Courses, credits, and grades must be documented on official transcripts or validated through portfolio reviews. (See also 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 1, 2, 3, and 4, 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|
|1||Fine or Performing Arts, Speech and Debate, or Practical Arts||Eligible courses are specified in the Course Code Directory.|
|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 or American Sign Language.|
|Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale|
Definition of Credit
Students must meet the minimum hourly requirements to receive high school credit. A high school credit, as defined in Florida Statute 1003.436, is a minimum of 135 hours of bona fide instruction in a designated course of study that contains student performance standards. One-half credit is one-half the requirements for one credit.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
The cumulative GPA is calculated by dividing all quality points earned during high school by the total number of credits attempted during high school. Quality points are assigned per credit as follows:
|Grade||Quality Point Value|
(AP, IB, AICE, DE)
|Please see our transcript information page for additional details.|
A Few Resources
We recommend you keep a portfolio of your child's high school coursework. 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. 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 coursework 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.