Graduation Requirements

The Indiana State Board of Education adopts course and credit requirements for earning a high school diploma. Students have the option of earning an Indiana Diploma with the following designation(s). Each diploma includes various course and credit requirements:

  • General
  • Core 40
  • Core 40 with Academic Honors (AHD); or
  • Core 40 with Technical Honors (THD).

To earn an Indiana Diploma, beginning with the graduating classes of 2023, students must:

Indiana’s Core 40 curriculum provides the academic foundation all students need to succeed in college and the workforce. To graduate with less than Core 40, the following formal opt-out process must be completed:

  • The student, the student’s parent/guardian, and the student’s school counselor (or another staff member who assists students in course selection) meet to discuss the student’s progress.
  • The student’s career and course plan is reviewed.
  • The student’s parent/guardian determines whether the student will achieve greater educational benefits by completing the general curriculum or the Core 40 curriculum.

If the decision is made to opt-out of Core 40, the student is required to complete the course and credit requirements for a general diploma and the career/academic sequence the student will pursue is determined.

Opt-out Provision;
Opt-out Provision in Spanish

Additional Resources:

Graduation Pathway 101s

Indiana’s Academic Standards