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 jdounay@ecs.org.


Hawaii

Standard Diploma
English units (Std.) 4
Eff. Class of 2010: 4 (see notes)

Notes/Citation: Class of 2010: English must include 1 unit each of English Language Arts 1 and 2.

Math units (Std.) 3
Eff. Class of 2010: Same
Social studies units (Std.) 4
Eff. Class of 2010: 4 (see notes)

Notes/Citation: Class of 2010: Must include .5 unit Modern History of Hawaii and .5 unit Participation in a Democracy.

Science units (Std.) 3
P.E./Health units (Std.) 1.5 (see notes)
Eff. Class of 2010: 1.5 (see notes)

Notes/Citation: 1 unit p.e., .5 unit health. Eff. Class of 2010: 1 unit p.e. must include .5 unit "Physical Education" and a .5 unit "Physical Education elective"

Arts (Std.) 0
Eff. Class of 2010: See notes

Notes/Citation: Class of 2010: 2 units from World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education

Foreign language (Std.) 0
Eff. Class of 2010: See notes

Notes/Citation: Class of 2010: 2 units from World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Technical Education

Electives units (Std.) 6
Eff. Class of 2010: Same
Other units (Std.) .5 (see notes)
Eff. Class of 2010: See notes

Notes/Citation: .5 unit "Guidance." Eff. Class of 2010: .5 unit personal/transition plan, and 2 units of one of the following: World Language, Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education

TOTAL # units (Std.) 22
Eff. Class of 2010: 24
Other diploma options State offers honors/college prep curriculum option, effective with the Class of 2010. State does not offer technical diploma option or proficiency-based credit option.
Technical notes and citations (Std.) Hawaii State BOE Policy 4540
Planning and Counseling Requirement
State requires student to adopt learning plan (not including career pathway requirements) Yes, eff. Class of 2010. Current .5 unit of "Guidance" required for graduation to be replaced with .5 unit "Personal/Transition Plan."
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 Learning plan: Hawaii State BOE Policy 4540
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: Hawaii State BOE Policy 4540; College admissions requirements: Board of Regents policies, Chapter 5, Section 5-11

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