Graduation Requirements

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

    1. A student shall complete 45 credits of high school work. The 45 credits must include 28 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 portions of Indiana’s End of Course Assessments to receive a diploma.
    4. Students may earn a maximum of 8 credits each semester in 5 of the 7 Academies. 2 Academies allow students the opportunity to earn 9 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 Expectations

In the State of Indiana, students entering the ninth grade are encouraged to work toward completing the requirement for a Core 40 diploma. All Ben Davis High School graduates are expected to meet the requirements of the Core 40 diploma. Core 40 is a directed set of high school courses that will help prepare students for success, whether pursuing a career that requires four or more years of college, one or two years of post-secondary education in a business or technical college or training through an apprenticeship program.

  • Students must complete the Core 40 to be considered for admission to Indiana’s four-year colleges, and the same courses are strongly recommended for admission to a two-year college or entry into the workplace.
  • Please check specific colleges and universities for their world language and math requirements.

Indiana’s Core 40 includes courses beyond those required for graduation from high school, reflecting the belief that students need more than the minimum to be successful. The option to opt out of the Core 40 diploma is available to students under special circumstances. The student, the student’s parent/guardian, and the student’s counselor must meet to discuss and review the student’s career and courses before opting out of the Core 40 and awarding a general diploma.

Indiana Core 40 Diploma

Course Area Credits Required
English/Language Arts 8 Credits
Mathematics 6 Credits (in grades 9-12)
2 credits: Algebra I
2 credits: Geometry
2 credits: Algebra II or complete Integrated Math I, II and III for 6 credits
*Class of 2016 and beyond–All students must take a math or quantitative reasoning course each year in high school
Science 6 Credits
2 credits: Biology
2 credits: Chemistry I or Physics I or Integrated Chemistry-Physics
2 credits: Any Core 40 science course
Social Studies 6 Credits
2 credits: US History
1 credit: US Government
1 credit: Economics
2 credits: World History/Civilization or Geography/History of the World
Directed Electives 5 Credits
World Languages
Fine Arts
Career/Technical
Physical Education 2 Credits
Health and Wellness 1 Credit
Electives*  6 Credits
(Career Academic Sequence Recommended)
Total 40 Credits
Schools may have additional local graduation requirements that apply to all students.

*Specifies the number of electives required by the state. High school schedules provide 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.

NOTE:  Most four-year colleges are now requiring two years of a world language and a year of PreCalculus/Trig.

Diploma Types

Indiana Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma (minimum of 47 credits)

For the Core 40 with Academic Honors ​diploma, students must:
● Complete all requirements for Core 40.
● Earn 2 additional Core 40 math credits.
● Earn 6-8 Core 40 world language credits (6 credits in one language or 4 credits each in two languages).
● Earn 2 Core 40 fine arts credits.
● Earn a grade of “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma.
● Have a grade point average of a “B” or better.
● Complete one of the following:
A. Complete AP courses (4 credits) and corresponding AP exams
B. Complete IB courses (4 credits) and corresponding IB exams
C. Earn a combined score of 1200 or higher on the SAT critical reading and mathematics
D. Score a 26 or higher composite on the ACT
E. Complete dual high school/college credit courses from an accredited postsecondary institution
(6 transferable college credits)
F. Complete a combination of an AP course (2 credits and corresponding exam) or an IB Standard
Level course (2 credits and corresponding exam) and dual high school/college credit course(s)
from an accredited postsecondary institution (3 transferable college credits)

Indiana Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma (minimum of 47 credits)

For the Core 40 with Technical Honors​ diploma, students must:
● Complete all requirements for Core 40.
● Complete a career-technical program (8 or more related credits).
● Earn a grade of “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma.
● Have a grade point average of “B” or better.
● Recommended: Earn 2 additional credits in mathematics and 4-8 credits in world languages for four
year college admission.
● Complete two of the following, one must be A or B:
A. Score at or above the following levels on WorkKeys: Reading for Information – Level 6; Applied
Mathematics – Level 6; Locating Information – Level 5
B. Complete dual high school/college credit courses in a technical area (6 college credits)
C. Complete a Professional Career Internship course or Cooperative Education course (2 credits)
D. Complete an industry-based work experience as part of a two-year career-technical education
program (minimum 140 hours)
E. Earn a state-approved, industry-recognized certification

Ben Davis High School Core 40 Diploma

Course Area Credits Required
English/Language Arts 8 Credits
Mathematics 6 Credits
2 credits: Algebra I
2 credits: Geometry
2 credits: Algebra II
*All students are required to take a math or physics course their junior or senior year
Science 6 Credits
2 credits: Biology
2 credits: Chemistry I or Physics I or Integrated Chemistry-Physics
2 credits: Any Core 40 science course
Social Studies 6 Credits
2 credits: US History
1 credit: US Government
1 credit: Economics
2 credits: World History/Civilization or Geography/History of the World
Technology 2 Credits
Directed Electives 5 Credits
World Languages
Fine Arts
Career/Technical
Physical Education 2 Credits
Health and Wellness 1 Credit
Electives*  9 Credits
(Career Academic Sequence Recommended)
Total 45 Credits
Class of 2012 and beyond must also pass the Indiana state required End-of-Course Assessments.

End of Course Assessment Requirements

Information for the most current End of Course Assessments can be found here.