Diploma Types and Requirements


Grades 9-12 -For students to be permitted to move to the next higher grade level and graduate on time, the following standards must be met:


 9th Year/Graduation Year     
10th  11th 12th Credits Needed to Graduate  Sardis High
Credits Needed to Graduate
    2011-12/2015  7  13  20  27  26
    2012-13/2016  7  13  19  26  25
    2013-14/2017  6   12  19  25  24
    2014-15/2018  6  12  18  24  24

Core Curriculum Definition
The following courses are defined as core curriculum for Etowah County students. These courses are required for all diploma types.

  • English - 4 units (9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade English)
  • Social Studies - 4 units (World History, US History I and II, American Government/Economics)
  • Mathematics - 4 units (Algebra I, Geometry, and two additional math courses (Beginning with the ninth   grade class in 2013-2014: ALL students must pass Algebra II or equivalent)
  • Science - 4 units (Biology, a physical science, and two additional science courses)

(Students who successfully complete Algebra I in the eighth grade may receive one unit of credit that will be counted toward graduation.)

DIPLOMA TYPES FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 9 or 10  
Consistent with requirements of the Alabama State Board of Education, the Etowah County Board of Education recognizes and will award the following two (2) types of diplomas and certificates based on the requirements as set out herein:

1.) Alabama High School Diploma

2.) Alabama High School Diploma - Advanced Academic Endorsement

 Alabama High School Diploma 
Beginning with the 9th Grade Cohort 2013-2014 and forward(Graduating Classes of 2017 and 2018 forward)

  • English/Language Arts – 4 Credits (English 9, 10, 11, and 12)
    Equivalent/substitute options may include: Advanced Placement /Post-Secondary equivalent/ postsecondary courses/SDE approved courses
  • Mathematics – 4 Credits (Algebra I , Geometry and Algebra II w/Trigonometry or Algebra II, or its equivalent/substitute)
    One credit from: Alabama Course of Study for Mathematics or equivalent/substitute courses from Career and Technical Education/Advanced Placement/ postsecondary courses/SDE approved courses.
  • Science – 4 Credits (including Biology and a physical science)
    Two credits from: Alabama Course of Study for Science or equivalent/substitute courses from Career and Technical Education/Advanced Placement/ postsecondary courses/SDE approved courses
  • Social Studies – 4 Credits
    Equivalent /substitute options may include: Advanced Placement /postsecondary courses/SDE approved courses
  • LIFE Physical Education – 1 Credit (Marching Band)
  • Health Education – ½ Credit
  • Career Preparedness – 1 credit
  • Career Technical, Arts Education, and/or Foreign Language – 3 Credits
    Electives - 2 ½ Credits
    (2013-14 cohort will need 3 ½ credits to meet the 25 Credit Requirement)

 

Alabama High School Diploma - Advanced Academic Endorsement
Beginning with the 9th Grade Cohort 2013-2014 and forward(Graduating classes of 2017 and 2018 forward)

Meet all requirements as listed under Alabama High School Diploma with the following additions:

  • Minimum of two (2 )Advanced Placement (AP)courses or the equivalent dual enrollment courses
  • Chemistry

 

DIPLOMA TYPES FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 11 OR 12 in year 2014-2015

Consistent with requirements of the Alabama State Board of Education, the Etowah Board of Education recognizes and will award the following four (4) types of diplomas and certificates based on the requirements as set out herein.

1. Alabama High School Diploma

2. Alabama High School Diploma – Advanced Academic Endorsements

3. Alabama High School Diploma – Career Technical Endorsements

4. Alabama High School Diploma – Advanced Career Technical Endorsements

 

Alabama High School Diploma
Cohort 2011-12 and 2012-13 (Graduating classes of 2015 and 2016)

  • English - 4 credits
  • Social Studies - 4 credits
  • Mathematics - 4 credits (Including Algebra I and Geometry)
  • Science – 4 credits (Including one unit of physical science and one unit of Biology)
  • L.I.F.E. (Lifelong Individualized Fitness Education) - 1 credit
  • Health - 1 course (1/2 credit)
  • Fine Arts - 1 course (1/2 credit)
  • Computer Applications - 1 course (1/2 credit)
  • Electives - 9 1/2 credits (Credits will differ according to cohorts/ See chart above)
  • Successful Completion of Online Experience

 

Alabama High School Diploma - Advanced Academic Endorsement
Cohort 2011-12 and 2012-13 (Graduating classes of 2015 and 2016)

Meet all requirements as listed under Alabama High School Diploma with the following additions:

  • Algebra II with Trig - one credit
  • Foreign Language - two credits in the same language

 

Alabama High School Diploma - Career Technical Endorsement
Cohort 2011-12 and 2012-13 (Graduating classes of 2015 and 2016)

Meet all requirements as listed under Alabama High School Diploma with the following additions:

Students who plan to receive a Career Technical Endorsement will need to concentrate in one of four career cluster areas: Business and Marketing Careers, Engineering and Industrial Careers, Health and Human Service Careers, or Career/Technical Education.

Alabama High School Diploma - Advanced Career Technical Endorsement 
Cohort 2011-12 and 2012-13 (Graduating classes of 2015 and 2016)

Meet all requirements as listed under Alabama High School Diploma with the following additions:

  • Algebra II with Trigonometry – one credit

 

 
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