Standard High School Graduation Requirements

Standard High School Graduation Requirements

The information below describes state high school graduation requirements as defined by state statutes and regulations. These requirements should be understood to show minimum course requirements, in that local boards may adopt graduation requirements above and beyond those mandated by the state. Policies reflect courses to be completed and do not include exit exam requirements. This database indicates where state policy specifies courses that may or must be completed to earn subject area credit.

With the exception of Nebraska and New Jersey, required coursework is expressed in Carnegie units, with one unit reflecting one year of coursework. Units defined in Idaho and Indiana policy have been translated from half-year to full-year units to maintain consistency. Exceptions and other circumstances related to completing high school graduation course requirements are included in the "Technical Notes and Citations" field at the end of each state's report. Subject area fields with a --- indicate that the state does not set course requirements for that subject. Where the number of state-mandated units in specific subjects falls below the total number of state-mandated units, this difference is indicated in the "total units" field rather than the "electives" field to reflect local districts' option to increase unit requirements in subject areas.

This information was gathered in January to August 2005 and is updated as new policies are enacted.

Last update: March 23, 2007

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or


Standard Diploma
English units (Std.) 4
Math units (Std.) 2
Social studies units (Std.) 3

Notes/Citation: As of January 1, 2009, must include "one-half unit of credit in Alaska history or demonstration that the student meets the Alaska history performance standards."

Science units (Std.) 2
P.E./Health units (Std.) 1

Notes/Citation: 1 unit "health/physical education"

Arts (Std.) 0
Foreign language (Std.) 0
Electives units (Std.) 0
Other units (Std.) 0
TOTAL # units (Std.) 21

Notes/Citation: 12 state-determined units and 9 district-determined units

Other diploma options State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State does not have policy on awarding proficiency-based credit.
Technical notes and citations (Std.) ALASKA ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 04.020, 06.075
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 No
Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements
  • No
  • State does not have statewide college entrance requirements
All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus No
Sources Alignment: High school graduation requirements: ALASKA ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 06.075; College admissions requirements: Each institution within the University of Alaska system sets its own freshman admissions requirements.

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