In order to provide clarity to students and parents on the graduation requirements, please choose the appropriate graduation year to learn more.
Before you know it, you’ll be receiving your high school diploma. Ohio is giving you new ways to show the world what you can do with it. As a student entering ninth grade on or after July 1, 2019, Ohio’s new high school graduation requirements give you more flexibility to choose a graduation pathway that builds on your strengths and passions – one that ensures you are ready for your next steps and excited about the future.
First, you must cover the basics by completing and earning a state minimum of 20 credits in specific subjects. Additionally, you must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy and complete at least two semesters of fine arts.
Second, you must show competency by earning a passing score on Ohio’s high school Algebra I and English II tests. Students who do NOT pass a test will be offered additional support and must retake the test at least once. If testing is not your strength, there are three additional ways to show competency.
Third, you must show readiness by earning two diploma seals, choosing those that line up with your goals and interests. These seals give you the chance to demonstrate academic, technical and professional skills and knowledge that align to your passions, interests and planned next steps after high school. At least one of the two must be Ohio-designed:
Industry-Recognized Credential Seal (Ohio)
College-Ready Seal (Ohio)
Military Enlistment Seal (Ohio)
Citizenship Seal (Ohio)
Science Seal (Ohio)
Honors Diploma Seal (Ohio)
Technology Seal (Ohio)
Community Service Seal (Local)
Fine and Performing Arts Seal (Local)
Certified Student Engagement Seal (Local)
Thinking about what to do after graduation? You have options