Alabama

Post

High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

Alabama provides students with multiple paths to the state’s single high school diploma. All students must earn 24 credits — 21.5 of which are required. However, students can pursue either a General Education, Essentials, or Alternate Achievement Standards Pathway by substituting some of the required credits with credits from Career and Technical Education, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Postsecondary credits through dual enrollment, or other state-approved courses. Effective with the 2017-2018 school year, only students with disabilities will be allowed to enroll in Essentials courses. If a student takes four or more core courses on the Essentials Pathway he or she is required to complete the work component requirements of this pathway.

Regardless of the paths that students choose, they must complete four units each in core subjects (English, math, science and social studies), one unit of physical education and a half unit of health. Students must take three units of either foreign language or career or technical education or arts education. Two and half credits of electives complete the 24-credit requirement.

Subject

Credits

Required Courses

Substitutions

English

4

English 9-12

Comparable AP, IB, postsecondary or other state approved course

Math

4

Algebra I

Geometry  

Algebra II with Trigonometry or Algebra II

Fourth math

Substitutions may include: CT, AP, IB or postsecondary or other state approved courses

Science

4

Biology

A physical science

Two other rigorous science courses

 

Chemistry, Physics or Physical Science

CT or AP or IB or postsecondary or other state approved courses

Social Studies

4

World History 

U.S. History I and II

1/2 Credit U.S. Government  

1/2 Credit Economics

CT or AP or IB or postsecondary or other state approved courses

Physical Education  

1

Lifelong Individualized  Fitness

JROTC

Health Education

1/2

 

 

Career Preparedness

1

Career and academic planning, computer applications, financial literacy

 

CTE/ Foreign Language/ Arts Education

3

   

Electives

2 1/2

   

Total Credits

24

   

Assessment Requirements

To be determined.