Curriculum Requirements

What it takes to earn an Ohio Diploma

Graduating Class of 2018 and beyond

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Graduating Class of 2017

Students must meet both testing requirements and curriculum requirements in order to earn a diploma. These new graduation requirements apply to students who entered ninth grade before July 1, 2014. See the information below for more information about these two diploma requirements. The third section provides information about an alternative way to meet the testing requirements. Each high school determines the number of credits needed for their district.

Subject Required Units Additional Info
English Language Arts 4 Units
Health ½ Unit
Mathematics 4 Units Mathematics units must include 1 unit of Algebra II or the equivalent of Algebra II.
Physical Education ½ Unit School districts may adopt a policy that would exempt students who, during high school, participate in interscholastic athletics, band or cheerleading for two full seasons or an approved Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program for two years from the physical education requirement. Students must take another course of at least 60 contact hours in its place.
Science 3 Units Science units must include 1 unit of physical sciences, 1 unit of life sciences and 1 unit advanced study in one or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics, or other physical science; advanced biology or other life science; astronomy, physical geology, or other earth or space science.
Social Studies 3 Units Social studies units must include ½ unit of American history and ½ unit of American government.
Electives 5 Units Electives units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required.
Other Requirements Units Additional Info
Economics and financial literacy, Fine Arts Requirement met in ____________ class/grade level. All students must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy during grades 9-12 and must complete at least two semesters of fine arts taken any time in grades 7-12. Students following a career-technical pathway are exempted from the fine arts requirement.