Wednesday, April 3, 2019

High School Graduation Requirements (Submitted by Greenville City Schools)

Written by Stan Hughes, Greenville High School Principal

Sometime in January or February, High Schools across the state of Ohio begin to plan their Commencement Ceremonies for their graduating seniors. Traditionally in places such as Greenville High School have good success in preparing our students for graduation and beyond. This preparation is the culmination of countless hours of work and planning by students, parents, school employees, and community members. Graduation requirements adopted by the State of Ohio require all students to show a high level of achievement to earn a high school diploma.

Students in the class of 2019 have five different pathways to meet the requirements for graduation. The first pathway requires students to earn a minimum of 18 points in the end-of-course state tests. They must earn at least four points in English, 4 points in math and 6 points in social studies and science combined. The tests include English I and II, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, U.S. History and Civics. This pathway is a demanding academic pathway requiring students to score high marks to earn the eighteen required points.

The second pathway requires students to earn industry-recognized credentials totaling 12 points or more and pass the WorkKeys test. Some examples of industry recognized credentials would be STNA, Student ASE certifications, and Child Development Associate credential (CDA). We are fortunate at Greenville High School to have career technical programs that help our students earn these credits.

Another pathway for students to earn a high school diploma is to score remediation-free on the ACT or SAT college entrance exams. We currently give the ACT to all juniors in Greenville City Schools. The remediation-free scores for the English portion of the ACT is twenty-two or higher and a mathematics subscore of twenty-two or higher.

The most recent pathways for graduation were added in December 2018. Option 1 allows students to complete two of the following requirements:

  • Attend school at 93% rate or higher
  • Earn a 2.5 GPA in all of the courses taken in the 12th grade
  • Complete a capstone project
  • Complete 120 hours of work or community service during the 12th grade year
  • Earn 3 college credits during high school
  • Earn credit for Advanced placement or International Baccalaureate courses
  • Score a 3 or higher on each of the sections of the WorkKeys test
  • Earn an industry-recognized credential worth 3 or more points
  • Meet the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal requirements

Option 2 allows students who complete a career technical program to meet at least one of the following options:

  • Earn proficient scores or better on all career technical exams
  • Earn industry-recognized credentials worth 12 or more points
  • Complete a workplace experience totaling 250 hours or more with positive evaluations

Our graduates use a wide variety of the pathways for graduation. Greenville High School students are a diverse group of learners who will continue to grow and develop in to good citizens with the help of the faculty and staff of Greenville City Schools, the support of families and the community, and a set of diverse pathways designed to fit the needs of our students.

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