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Honors Diploma

School Academic Diploma with Honors for Graduating Classes of 2011 and Beyond

Students need to fulfill only 7 of the following 8 criteria






units, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content


units, including physics and chemistry

Social Studies


Foreign Language

3 units of one language or 2 units each of two languages

Fine Arts



Not counted toward requirements and may not be used to meet requirements


Not counted toward requirements

Grade Point Average

3.5 on a 4.0 scale

ACT/SAT Score [excluding scores from the writing sections]*

27 ACT / 1210 SAT

Additional Assessment


Distinguished Scholar Award

Special recognition is granted to students who meet the distinguished scholar criteria:

  • 4 credits of Language Arts
  • 4.5 credits of Social Studies (must include Am. Hist., World History, Economics/Financial Literacy and Government)
  • 4 credits of Science (must include two of the following: Chemistry; Physics; Anatomy)
  • 4 credits of Math (must include one of the following: Pre-Calculus, or Calculus)
  • 3 credits of one Foreign Language or two credits each of two languages
  • 1 credit of visual or performing arts
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.2 is required.

Wall of Fame

3.8 Cumulative GPA and 30 on the ACT or 1350 on the SAT or National Merit Finalist.


English 4 credits (emphasis on composition)

Mathematics 3 credits (A mathematics course should be taken during the senior year)

Science 3 credits (at least one laboratory course)

Social Studies 3 credits

Foreign Language 2 or 3 credits

Visual/Performing Art 1 credit (art, choir, theory, appreciation, speech, drama, photography, industrial arts,


These requirements are subject to change and will vary from one college or university to another, and from one major to another. Students not following these recommendations will continue to be admitted, but most likely will be given diagnostic testing to determine whether or not deficiencies exits. If deficiencies are revealed, students would be expected to make them up in addition to their regular degree program – usually within the first year of studies.