High School Course Requirements

Aspiring Heights Academy follows the requirements for a standard high school diploma as specified in Florida Statute 1003.4282, except that we do not require statewide, standardized assessments as these were created to meet federal and state assessment accountability requirements for Florida public schools. Students must pass the required courses, earn a minimum number of credits, and earn a minimum grade point average to graduate from our school. Students must complete a minimum of one full semester at Aspiring Heights Academy. With the exception of extracurricular activities, courses, credits, and grades must be documented on official transcripts.

General Course Requirements

Graduation requirements are based on the school year in which a student first enters ninth grade. Note that credits in world languages are not required for a standard 24-credit high school diploma, but they are required for admission into state universities and to meet the basic academic requirements for the Florida Academic Scholars and Florida Medallion Scholars Bright Futures Scholarships.

General Requirements for a 24 Credit Standard Diploma for Students Entering Grade Nine in the 2016-2017 School Year  s. 1003.4282 F.S.
 Successful completion of a minimum of 24 credits distributed as follows:
  • 4 credits in English Language Arts (ELA I, II, III, IV)
  • 4 credits in Mathematics, including Algebra 1 and Geometry
  • 3 credits in Natural Science, including Biology 1
  • 3 credits in Social Science, including World History, U.S. History, U.S Government, and Economics
  • 1 credit in Fine or Performing Arts, Speech and Debate, or Practical Arts
  • 1 credit in Physical Education
  • 8 Elective credits

Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

Please see Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Grade Nine in the 2016-2017 School Year for more specific course requirements and additional information.
General Requirements for a Scholar Diploma Designation for Students Entering Grade Nine in 2016-2017 School Year s. 1003.4285 F.S.

Successful completion of a minimum of 24 credits* distributed as follows:

  • 4 credits in English Language Arts (ELA I, II, III, IV)
  • 4 credits in Mathematics, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Statistics (or an equally rigorous mathematics course)
  • 3 credits in Natural Science, including Biology 1, Chemistry or Physics, and a course equally rigorous to Chemistry or Physics
  • 3 credits in Social Science, including World History, U.S. History, U.S Government, and Economics
  • 2 credits in the same World Language
  • 1 credit in Fine or Performing Arts, Speech and Debate, or Practical Arts
  • 1 credit in Physical Education
  • 6 Elective credits

* At least one credit must be earned in an AP, IB, AICE, or dual enrollment course.

Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

Please see Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Grade Nine in the 2016-2017 School Year for more specific course requirements and additional information.

For student who entered grade nine prior to the 2016-2017 school year, please see the applicable detailed graduation requirement sheet:

If you would like a little guidance planning your child's high school course schedule, take a look at our short list of comprehensive resources. We also have a few printable planners and organizers that you may find helpful.

We recommend you keep a portfolio throughout your child's high school years. Many colleges and universities require applicants who completed a home school program or graduated from a non-accredited high school to submit portfolios and/or transcripts to be considered for admission. The acceptance of diplomas and transcripts from private schools is subject to the requirements of the receiving educational institution or employer.

Florida public schools have specific high school course credit and assessment requirements. It is important that you are aware of the public high school graduation requirements should your child enter or return to a Florida public school. Please visit the Florida Department of Education for information about public high school graduation requirements.

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