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Florida students entering grade nine may choose from one of five options to earn a standard diploma. They are:
- A four-year, 24-credit program
- An International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum
- An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) curriculum
- A three-year, 18-credit college preparatory program
- A three-year, 18-credit career preparatory program
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 1003.429, F.S., Accelerated high school graduation options
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)
State Graduation Requirements ChartsFlorida's state graduation requirements are outlined in the following charts:
- Students Entering Ninth Grade - 2010-2011 School Year (PDF, 96KB)
- Students Entering Ninth Grade - 2011-2012 School Year (PDF, 64KB)
- Students Entering Ninth Grade - 2012-2013 School Year (PDF, 91KB)
Effective for all students in the 2012-2013 school year and thereafter, if enrolled in U.S. History or U.S. History Honors the final course grade must include a minimum 30 percent of the U.S. History End-of-Course Assessment.
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. The High School State Assessments by State (PDF, 193KB) chart provides guidance on statewide standardized mathematics and EOC assessments.
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 exceptional student education (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.
Florida’s Guide to Public High School Graduation
- Florida's Guide to Public High School Graduation 2012-2013 (PDF, 2MB)
- Florida's Guide to Public High School Graduation 2011-2012 (PDF, 2MB)
- Florida’s Guide to Public High School Graduation 2010-2011 (PDF, 2MB)
- Requirements for Students Entering Grade Nine in 2007-2008 through 2009-2010 School Years (PDF, 261KB)
Pathways to Success
- Pathways to College and Career Readiness (PDF, 442KB)
- Pathways to College and Career Readiness (Text Only) (RTF, 4MB)
- Pathways to College and Career Readiness (Spanish - Text Only) (RTF, 642KB)
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. Students can monitor their progress by running evaluations against their transcript information and the requirements 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.