Diploma Types and Requirements


(Alabama Administrative Code 290-3-1-02(8) and (8)(a))

Effective for students in the ninth grade in the 2013-2014 school year, all students shall earn the required credits for the Alabama High School Diploma. A local board of education may establish requirements for receipt of diplomas and endorsements, but any diploma or endorsement shall include the requirements of the Alabama High School Diploma. The Alabama courses of study shall be followed in determining minimum required content in each discipline.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

 

 

 

 

English Language Arts

Four credits to include:

Credits

English 9

1

English 10

1

English 11

1

English 12

1

English Language Arts-credit eligible options may include: Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/postsecondary courses/SDE-approved courses.

 

 

English Language Arts Total Credits

4

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

Three credits to include:

Credits

Algebra I or its equivalent/substitute

1

Geometry or its equivalent/substitute

1

Algebra II w/Trigonometry or Algebra II, or its equivalent/substitute

1

Mathematics-credit eligible options may include: Career and Technical Education/Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/postsecondary courses/SDE-approved courses.

 

One credit from:

 

Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics or mathematics-credit eligible courses from Career and Technical Education/Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/postsecondary courses/SDE-approved courses.

 

1

 

Mathematics Total Credits

4

 

 

 

 

Science

Two credits to include:

Credits

Biology

1

A physical science (Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science)

1

Science-credit eligible options may include: Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/postsecondary courses/SDE-approved courses.

 

Two credits from:

 

Alabama Course of Study: Science or science-credit eligible courses from Career and Technical Education/Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/postsecondary courses/SDE-approved courses.

2

 

Science Total Credits

4

 

 

 

 

 

Social Studies*

Four credits to include:

Credits

World History

1

United States History I

1

United States History II

1

United States Government

0.5

Economics

0.5

Social Studies-credit eligible options may include: Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/postsecondary courses/SDE-approved courses.

 

 

Social Studies Total Credits

4

Physical Education

Lifelong Individualized Fitness Education (LIFE) or one JROTC Credit

1

Health Education

0.5

Career Preparedness

1

Career and Technical Education (CTE) and/or Foreign Language and/or Arts Education

3

Electives

2.5

 

Total Credits

24


 

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