High School Graduation Requirements

There are two options for students to earn their high school diploma, ACCEL (18-credits) or Standard (24-credits).  For both options, students must meet certain credit, grade point average (GPA) and assessment requirements to earn a high school diploma.  The 24-credit option also requires 40 hours of community service.  The graduation requirements are determined by the graduation option and the student’s cohort, which is the year the student first entered 9th grade.   

Students should know their requirements and regularly monitor their progress toward earning a diploma.  School counselors are available to assist students with planning for college and career readiness.  Students can view an up-to-date report on their progress toward meeting graduation requirements on Virtual Counselor.


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Diploma Designations

Students can earn two Diploma Designations on their high school diploma, each with its own requirements beyond the standard diploma criteria:

  • The Scholar Diploma Designation aligns closely to the State University System's requirements for admission into a Florida university.  In addition to meeting the standard high school diploma requirements, students must earn certain credits in accelerated, rigorous courses and pass End-of-Course (EOC), AP, IB, or AICE exams.  

  • The Merit Designation requires students to earn at least one industry certification in addition to their high school diploma.

Resources for Students and Parents

The following charts outline the specific graduation and Diploma Designation requirements for students who entered the 9th grade in 2014-2015 and thereafter.  These requirements, along with all other academic rules, are located in School Board Policy 6000.1.

Students Entering 9th Grade in 2014/15 or Beyond

Current 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Students