Graduation Requirements

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 26

  • Math: 4 credits, including Algebra I, II, Geometry and a fourth higher level math course (Students must be enrolled in a mathematics course each school year.)
  • English: 4 credits
  • Science: 3 credits, including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course
  • Social Studies: 3 credits, including U.S. History and Geography, World History and Geography, U.S. Government and Civics, and Economics
  • Physical Education and Wellness: 2 credits
  • Personal Finance: 0.5 credits (Three years of JROTC may be substituted for one-half unit of Personal Finance if the JROTC instructor attends the Personal Finance training.)
  • Foreign Language: 2 credits (May be waived by the local school district for students, under certain circumstances, to expand and enhance the elective focus)
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit (may be waived by the local school district for students, under certain circumstances, to expand and enhance the elective focus)
  • Elective Focus: 3 credits consisting of Math and Science, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Electives: 4

Graduating with State Honors:

Students who score at, or above, all the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors.  Students scoring at the readiness benchmark are 50% likely to attain a B in their first college course in that subject area and have a 75% chance of attaining a C in college.

Graduating with recognition as Honors is determined by the student’s ACT Score using the benchmarks as follows:

English:     18

Math:         22

Reading:   22

Science:   23

Graduating with State Distinction:

To graduate as recognition with Distinction, students must have a 3.0 GPA (B Average), plus ONE of the following:

* Participate in Governor’s School

* Participate in a TN All State Musical Organization

* Be a National Merit Finalist or Semi Finalist (Based on PSAT Score)

* Composite Score of 31 on ACT

* Score 3 or higher on two AP Exams

* Earn 12 or more college credits (Dual Enrollment Classes)

* Earn a nationally recognized industry certification

Graduating with Honors and Distinction:

Students may graduate with both Honors and Distinction by meeting the criteria for both.

Graduating with Work Ethic Distinction

What is the Tennessee Work Ethic Distinction?

The “Work Ethic Distinction ” is a workforce readiness credential that can be earned by high school seniors in participating counties. Students who earn the Work Ethic Distinction will be given preference for job interviews at partnering employers if they meet all other qualifications of the job posting.

Participating students will receive a list of Work Ethic Distinction Standards which includes 13 achievement categories. Each achievement category has one, two, or three subcategories that are assigned a point value. Students who sign up for the Work Ethic Distinction must complete enough of the goals set out in the achievement categories to score 32 points in order to receive the diploma.

Who can receive the Work Ethic Distinction?

To receive the Work Ethic Distinction a student must earn a minimum of 32 points from the Work Ethic DistinctionStandards, registered at, and earn a regular high school diploma.

Work Ethic Distinction Standards Guidelines

Any student who is interested in this program needs to stop by the counseling office to see Mrs. Fox or send an email to