|English units (Std.)||4|
Notes/Citation: English 9, 10, 11, 12
|Math units (Std.)||4, including 1 unit each of Algebra I and geometry|
Eff. Class of 2013: 4, including 1 unit each of Algebra I, geometry and Algebra II with Trigonometry
|Social studies units (Std.)||4|
|Science units (Std.)||4, including 1 unit each of biology and a physical science|
|P.E./Health units (Std.)||1.5|
Notes/Citation: 1 unit p.e. and .5 unit health
Notes/Citation: .5 unit "arts education"
|Foreign language (Std.)||0|
Eff. Class of 2013: 2 credits in same foreign language
|Electives units (Std.)||5.5|
Eff. Class of 2013: 3.5
Notes/Citation: For 12th graders opting into the Alabama High School Diploma with Credit-Based Endorsement (for students who have not passed 2 of 5 subtests of Alabama High School Graduation Exam) eff. Class of 2013, 1 elective credit must be a CTE credit.
|Other units (Std.)||.5 |
Notes/Citation: .5 unit "Computer Applications." Computer Applications "may be waived if competencies outlined in the computer applications course are demonstrated to qualified staff in the local school system. The designated one credit shall then be added to the elective credits, making a total of three elective credits."
|TOTAL # units (Std.)||24|
|Other diploma options||State additionally offers the Alabama High School Diploma with Credit-Based Endorsement, for students who by end of grade 12 have not passed one or more of the five subtests of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (students must have passed the reading, math, and one of the three other sections of the exam). Credit requirements for this option are identical to those for Alabama High School Diploma, with exception that, starting with 12th graders in 2012-13 school year, 1 of 5.5 elective credits must be a CTE credit.|
State also offers two technical diplomas and honors/college prep diploma. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.
|Technical notes and citations (Std.)||Eff. Class of 2013 (for all diploma options), students must complete an online/technology enhanced course or experience. Exceptions through Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) will be allowed.|
Effective with the Class of 2013, the Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement becomes the first-choice diploma for high school students.
ALA. CODE § 16-6B-2; ALA. ADMIN. CODE R. 290-3-1-.02
|Planning and Counseling Requirement|
|State requires student to adopt learning plan (not including career pathway requirements)||No|
|Additional Coursework Options and Requirements|
|State has policy on early graduation||No|
|State has policy allowing students to meet coursework requirements through proficiency||Yes. Districts may opt to participate in the "Credit Advancement" program, which was piloted during the 2009-10 school year. Through Credit Advancement, a student may take an end-of-course exam after demonstrating readiness based on the recommendation of former teachers of the subject, and performance on state and national tests. Students must earn a minimum score of 80 on the exam to earn credit. After receiving the score, the student may choose whether to accept the score or take the course. If the student elects to accept the score, the score will be calculated into his/her GPA.|
|Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements|
|All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus||No|
|Sources||Proficiency-based credit: Alabama State Board of Education Resolution, December 11, 2008; "First Choice: Alabama High School Graduates of the Future" PowerPoint (no date)|
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: ALA. ADMIN. CODE R. 290-3-1-.02, ALA. CODE § 16-6B-2; College admissions requirements: ECS Postsecondary Governance Structures Database