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Honors Diploma

Criteria For Awarding A Diploma With Honors


High school students can gain state recognition for exceeding Ohio’s graduation requirements through an Academic Honors Diploma. High-level coursework, college and career readiness tests and real-world experiences challenge students. 


(1) The student who completes the more rigorous high school academic curriculum shall meet at least seven of the following eight criteria: 

(a) Earn four units of English; 

(b) Earn at least four units of Mathematics 

(c) Earn at least four units of Science, including two units of advanced science

(d) Earn four units of Social Studies; 

(e) Earn either three units of one Foreign language or two units of each of two Foreign Languages; 

(f) Earn one unit of Fine Arts; 

(g) Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year; or 

(h) Obtain a composite score of twenty-seven on the American college test’s ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of twelve hundred eighty on the college board’s SAT.