Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction
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Florida students entering grade nine may choose from one of four options to earn a standard diploma. They are:
- 24-credit program
- 18-credit, Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option
- An International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum
- An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) curriculum
Florida's public high school graduation requirements are specified in the following sections of Florida Statute:
- Section 1003.428, Florida Statutes (F.S.), General requirements for high school graduation; revised
- Section 1003.4282, F.S., Requirements for a standard high school diploma (effective July 1, 2013)
- Section 1002.3105, F.S., Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) Option
For more information on local public school district graduation programs, please contact the school district.
The state provides other options to students that are outlined in a chart of the Primary Types of Diplomas/Certificates. (PDF, 575KB)
Standard High School Diploma Designations
Students may earn one or more designations on their standard high school diploma - the scholar designation and the merit designation per section 1003.4285, F.S. Requirements are listed in the graduation requirements charts by grade nine entering cohort year.
State Assessments for High School Graduation
Information related to statewide assessment requirements is available in Graduation Requirements for Florida's Statewide Assessments (PDF).
If a student transfers into a Florida public high school from out of country, out of state, a private school, or a home school, the student's transcript is reviewed to determine if the student is required to take a Florida end-of-course (EOC) assessment in accordance with Rule 6A-1.09941 (Word), Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), State Uniform Transfer of High School Credit.
Students with Disabilities
Each school district is responsible for providing services to students who are eligible for exceptional student education (ESE) programs. For additional information on state program contacts, please visit the Bureau of Exceptional Student Education's ESE Programs listing.
The individual educational plan (IEP) team makes the diploma decisions for students with disabilities who are eligible for ESE. IEP teams should consider diploma options in the following order, according to the student's needs and abilities:
- Standard Diploma
- Special Diploma, Option 1
- Special Diploma, Option 2.
Academic Advisement Flyers - What Students and Parents Need to Know
- Students Entering Grade Nine in the 2010-2011 School Year (PDF, 2MB)
- Students Entering Grade Nine in the 2011-2012 School Year (PDF, 270KB)
- Students Entering Grade Nine in the 2012-2013 School Year (PDF, 668KB)
- Students Entering Grade Nine in the 2013-2014 School Year (PDF, 710KB)
Graduation Program PlanningThe Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) provides a variety of online services for students from Florida's public high schools, colleges, and universities. FLVC's academic advising services make it easy for high school students to prepare for college or a career after graduation by enabling them to monitor their transcripts to assess how they are progressing for high school graduation, college and career readiness, and Bright Futures Scholarships. In addition, they can explore Florida's college and university offerings (both traditional and distance learning programs), learn about financial aid, and apply for admission. Dual enrolled high school students and those in accelerated education programs can even access online library resources used within Florida's colleges and universities. For more information, visit http://www.flvc.org.
The Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook is annually updated to provide school counselors and advisors with a comprehensive academic advising resource to guide students with planning for postsecondary education in Florida.