Kentucky

Post

High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

Students must complete at least 22 units to earn a regular high school diploma. 

Subject

Credits

Required Courses

Substitutions

English

4

English I

English II

English III  

English IV

Students not meeting the college readiness benchmarks for English must take a transitional course.

Math

3

Algebra I

Geometry  

Algebra II

An integrated, applied, interdisciplinary, occupational, or technical course that prepares a student for career paths based on their individual learning plan may be substituted on an individual student basis, if the course meets the content standards in the Kentucky core academic standards.

Science

3

First science

Second science

Third science

Lab-based scientific investigation experiences must be incorporated.

Social Studies

3

First  social studies    

Second social studies

Third social studies

Not specified

Health

1/2

 

Not specified

Physical Education 

1/2

 

Not specified

History and Appreciation of Visual and Performing Arts

1

 

Not specified

Academic and Career Interest Standards-Based Learning Experiences

7

 

7 Credits — four of which must be standards-based learning experiences in an academic or career interest based on the student’s individual learning plan. Students must also demonstrate performance-based competency in technology.

Total Credits

22

   

Assessment Requirements

High school students take ACT Quality Core end-of-course tests in English II, Algebra II, Biology I, and U.S. History. Students in grade 11 take both the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-Prep) exam and the ACT. Twelfth grade students who do not meet ACT benchmarks must take the Kentucky Online Testing (KYOTE) in designated subjects. Students enrolled in CTE courses may take the Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment (KOSSA) after completing two credits as well as the ACT WorkKeys upon enrolling in a third CTE credit in an approved career pathway.