Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

The requirements for graduation from high school as established by the Indiana Department of Education and the MSD Board of Education include:

  1. A student shall complete 47 credits of high school work.  The 47 credits must include 30 credits of required work and 17 credits of electives.
  2. Students must attend seven semesters in grades 9-10-11-12.
  3. The student must pass the required End-of-Course-Assessments (ECA) to receive a diploma.
  4. Students may earn a maximum of 8 credits each semester.  Credit deficient students may be given alternative opportunities to earn additional credit as needed.
  5. Students are generally expected to graduate with their originating class.  Students who fail to do so will be evaluated and a further educational plan will be determined.
  6. Course requirements must be met.

Indiana Core 40 Diploma Requirements

Course and Credit Requirements
English/Language Arts 8 Credits
2 Credits: English 9
2 Credits: English 10
2 Credits: English 11
2 Credits: English 12
Mathematics 6 Credits
2 Credits: Algebra I
2 Credits: Geometry
2 Credits: Algebra II
Or complete Integrated Math I, II, and III for 6 credits.Students must take a math or quantitative reasoning course each year in high school
Science 6 Credits
2 credits: Biology I
2 credits: Chemistry I or Physics I or Integrated Chemistry-Physics (ICP)
2 credits: any Core 40 science course
Social Studies 6 Credits
2 credits: World History/Civilization or Geography/History of the World
2 credit: U.S. History
1 credit: U.S. Government
1 credit: Economics
Directed Electives 8 Credits
2 credits:  Computer/Technology
World Languages
Fines Art
Physical Education 2 Credits
1 Credit: PE I
1 Credit: PE II
Health and Wellness 1 Credit
Electives* 7 Credits
46 Total State Credits Required
Students may have additional local graduation requirements that apply to all students.
*Specifies the number of electives required by the state. High school schedules provide time for many more electives during the high school years. All students are strongly encouraged to complete a Career Academic Sequences (selecting electives in a deliberate manner) to take full advantage of career exploration and preparation opportunities.

Core 40 with Academic Honors (minimum 48 credits)

For the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma, students must:

  • Complete all requirements for Core 40.
  • Earn 2 additional math credits beyond Algebra II
  • Earn 6 credits from one world language or 4 credits each from 2 world languages
  • Earn 2 fine arts credits.
  • Earn a grade of “C” or above in course that will count toward the diploma.
  • Have a grade point average of “B” or above.
  • Complete one of the following:
    • Two Advanced Placement courses and corresponding AP exams
    • Academic, transferable dual high school/college courses resulting in 6 college credits
    • One Advanced Placement course and corresponding AP exam and academic transferable dual high school/college course(s) resulting in 3 college credits
    • Score 1200 or higher combined SAT math and verbal
    • Score a 26 composite ACT
    • An International Baccalaureate Diploma

*SAT requirements will be modified with the addition of the writing section.

Core 40 with Technical Honors (minimum 47 credits)

For the Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma, students must:

  • Complete all requirements for Core 40.
  • Complete a career-technical program (related sequences of 8-10 career-technical credits)
  • Earn a grade of “C” or above in courses that will count toward the diploma.
  • Have a grade point average of “B” or above.
  • Complete state recognized certification requirements by completing two of the options below, one of which must be 1 or 2:
    1. Take WorkKeys, an industry-driven assessment, and score at or above a designated level on each of the three core readiness subject areas (mathematical reasoning, reading for information, and locating information)
    2. Technical, transferable dual high school/college credit courses resulting in 6 college credits*
    3. Professional career internship or cooperative education*
    4. A state approved industry recognized certification*

* Must be in the career-technical program area of study.

For additional Core 40 information, visit the Department of Education Web Site.