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Criteria for the Honors Diploma

HONORS DIPLOMA 

Criteria for Diploma with Honors for the Graduating Class of 2012 and Beyond


The student who completes the high school Academic Pathway must meet at least seven of the following eight criteria:

Earn four units of English;
Earn at least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, algebra II, geometry and another higher level course, or a four-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content;
Earn at least four units of science including one unit of physics and one unit of chemistry;
Earn four units of social studies;
Earn three units of world languages (must include no less than two units for which credit is sought), i.e., three units of one world language or two units of two different languages;
Earn one unit of fine arts;
Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year; or
Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American college testing services' ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of 1210 on the College Board's SAT verbal and mathematics sections (excluding the required writing section).

The student who completes an intensive Career-Technical Education Pathway must meet at least seven of the following eight criteria:

Earn four units of English;
Earn at least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, algebra II, geometry and another higher level course, or a four-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content;
Earn at least four units of science, including two advanced sciences;
Earn four units of social studies;
Earn four units in a career-technical education program that leads to an industry-recognized credential, results in an apprenticeship or is part of an articulated career pathway, which can lead to post secondary credit. If the student's program design does not provide for any of these outcomes, then the student must achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the applicable Ohio career-technical competency assessment or the equivalent;
Achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the Ohio Career-Technical Competency Assessment (available at http://www.webxam.org/info_docs.asp,) or equivalent assessment aligned with state-approved and industry validated technical standards; Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale up to the last grading period of the senior year; or
Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American college testing service's ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of 1210 on the college board's SAT verbal and mathematics sections (excluding the score obtained on the required writing section).

 

Have the science requirements for the Career-Technical Education Diploma with Honors changed?

Yes. Since some career pathways require different science courses, the Career-Technical Education Pathway requires two advanced sciences to fulfill those qualifying criteria.

What courses constitute "advanced sciences"?

Advanced science refers to courses in the Ohio Core that are inquiry-based with laboratory experiences and align with the 11/12th grade standards (or above) or with an AP science course, or with the new high school syllabi, or with an entry-level college course (clearly preparing students for a college freshman-level science class, such as anatomy, botany, or astronomy), or contain material above the current OGT level.

Can a student replace the Diploma with Honors chemistry and physics requirement with another rigorous science course? For example, if a student takes AP Biology, could that course replace the physics requirement for science?

No. Students graduating in 2011 and beyond must complete four units of science, including physics and chemistry, to successfully complete the Academic Diploma with Honors requirements.

Have current foreign language requirements changed?

Yes. The Career-Technical Diploma with Honors no longer calls for any foreign language requirements to be completed. However, the high school Academic Diploma with Honors still requires three units of foreign language with at least two units in each course studied.

Would two units in one foreign language and a single unit in two other foreign languages meet the foreign language requirement?

No. Three units in the same language or two units in two other foreign languages are needed to meet that requirement.

May courses in American Sign Language be used to meet the foreign language requirement?

Yes, American Sign Language may count toward the foreign language requirement if offered for credit.

How is the grade point average calculated?

The student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. If a district's grading policy includes the use of weighted grades in calculating a student's grade point average, (e.g., awarding five points for an "A" in an honors course), then the district must convert the weighted grade to the GPA equivalent on a 4.0 scale to determine if the GPA criterion for the Diploma with Honors has been met.

Do you round up to determine the GPA?

No. The GPA must be a minimum of 3.50 to qualify for the Diploma with Honors.

What is meant by “up to the last grading period of the senior year”?

Students can meet grade point average (GPA) criteria by having a total GPA of at least 3.50 at mid-year of their senior year, in accordance with district policy regarding graduation from high school.

Do courses taken in the postsecondary education options program count toward the Diploma with Honors?

Yes. Diploma with Honors rules specifically allow for postsecondary options to count toward Diploma with Honors credit. Caution: Check with the school to determine how PSEO units are calculated.