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High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in the 2014-2015 School Year

Students may complete two types of high school diplomas: the Taylor Opportunity for Students (TOPS) University Diploma or the Jump Start TOPS Tech Career Diploma. The Jump Start program allows students to take career courses, certify skill mastery in specific career fields and prepares students for high-wage careers.

Each diploma requires 23 credits for completion. However, all Louisiana’s 9th and 10th grade students will take common foundational coursework, irrespective of the diploma pathway they ultimately receive. Each student will be required to complete 2 units of English, math, science, social studies, and health & physical education in these grades.

Subject TOPS University Diploma Jump Start TOPS Tech (Career Diploma)
English

4 Credits: 

English I

English II

English III

English IV

English I

English II

Two Credits from the following: English III, English IV, AP, IB, Business English, Technical Writing or comparable LA Technical College courses as approved by BESE

Math

4 Credits:

Algebra I

Geometry 

Algebra II

One advanced  math course         

1 Credit from: Algebra I, Algebra I, Part One and Two or an applied or hybrid Algebra course

3 Credits from: Geometry, Math Essentials, Financial Literacy, Business Math, Algebra II, Algebra III*, Advanced Math – Functions and Statistics, Advanced Math – Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus, or comparable approved Louisiana Technical College courses

Science

4 Credits:

Biology I

Chemistry I

Two from: one of Chemistry II, Physics I, Electricity and Magnetism, Biology II; or one  of Biology II, Anatomy and Physiology           

2 Credit:

Biology I

Chemistry I

Social Studies

4 Credits:

U. S. History

One from Civics, Government, AP U.S. Government and Politics: Comparative

Two from Western Civilization, or European History; and World Geography, World History, Government, or Economics

2 Credits:

U.S. History

One from Civics, Government, AP U.S. Government and Politics: Comparative

Health/ Physical Education

3 Credits:

Physical Education

Physical Education II, Marching Band, Extracurricular Sports, Cheering or Dance Teams

Health Education or JROTC I and II

3 Credits:

Physical Education

Physical Education II, Marching Band, Extracurricular Sports, Cheering or Dance Teams

Health Education or JROTC I and II

Additional Credits

2 Credits in the same foreign language

2 Credits in an art

2 Elective Credits

9 Jump Start Course Units: Each student must complete a regionally-designed, district-implemented series of Career and Technical Education Jump Start coursework and workplace-based learning experiences leading to a statewide or regional Jump Start credential.

Total Credits 23 23

Students may earn a Community Service Endorsement for completing a minimum of 80 hours of community service hours by graduation.

Assessment Requirements

Students take end-of-course (EOC) tests in six courses: English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology I, and U.S. History. To earn a high school diploma, students must score Fair or above on at least three EOC exams, including one in English, one in math, and one in Biology or U.S. History. Student scores on EOC tests count toward a student’s final course grade. Students in grade 11 must also take the ACT or ACT WorkKeys if on track for a Jump Start Diploma.