Graduation Requirements

  • Tennessee Diploma Project: Graduation Requirements

    Beginning next school year, the Tennessee Department of Education will implement the Tennessee Diploma Project (TDP), a broad overhaul of standards and curriculum designed to challenge students and better prepare them for college and the workforce.

    Students beginning high school in Fall 2009 will begin a new path with increased graduation requirements from 20 credits to 22, a focus on the skills needed for college and the workforce in an ever expanding global economy, and new assessments.

    Gateway Exams in high school will be replaced by end-of-course exams that truly test the mastery of expectations leading to college- and work-readiness. The overall assessment system includes the ACT’s College and Readiness Test, Explore (given in the 8th grade) and the PLAN College Readiness Test given in the 10th grade.

    Tennessee Graduation Requirements

    Current Basic High School Requirements

    Requirements for Students Beginning High School in Fall 2009

    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 20

    TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 22

    MATH: 3 Credits
    Including either Geometry or Algebra II

    MATH: 4 Credits 
    Including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course

    SCIENCE: 3 Credits
    Including one physical science course and Biology

    SCIENCE: 3 Credits
    Including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course

    ENGLISH: 4 Credits

    ENGLISH: 4 Credits

    SOCIAL STUDIES: 3 Credits

    SOCIAL STUDIES: 3 Credits

    WELLNESS: 1 Credit

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND WELLNESS:
    1.5 Credits

     

    PERSONAL FINANCE: .5 Credits

    ELECTIVE: 6 Credits

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 2 Credits
    FINE ARTS: 1 Credit
    May be waived for students not going to a University to expand and enhance the elective focus

     

    ELECTIVE FOCUS: 3 Credits
    Math and Science, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)

     

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