Ohio Course Requirements (for the Class of 2018 and beyond)
English Language Arts (4 credits); Math (4 credits)1 Science (3 credits)2 Social Studies (3 credits)3 Health (0.5 credit); Physical Education (0.5 credit); Electives (5 credits)4 = 20 Credits
1 Mathematics unit must include one unit of algebra II or the equivalent of algebra II.
2 Science units must include one unit of physical sciences, one unit of life sciences and one unit advanced study in one or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics or other physical science; advanced biology or other life science; astronomy, physical geology or other earth or space science.
3 Social studies units must include ½ unit of American history, ½ unit of American government and ½ unit of Financial Literacy.
4 Electives units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required. Elective class availability varies depending on certified staff.
State Testing Paths to Graduation
In addition to the course requirements, Ohio high school students must meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Ohio State Tests
- A student in the class of 2019 and beyond must TAKE seven required state tests. The tests are in English I, English II, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History and American Government.
- Students must accumulate 18 points on the seven required tests (5 points for Advanced Level work, 4 points for Accelerated Level work, 3 points for Proficient level work, 2 points for Basic Level work and 1 point for Limited Level work)
- Within the 18 points, 4 must be in English (2 tests), 4 must be in math (2 tests) and 6 must be in science and social studies (3 tests).
- Industry credential and workforce readiness
- Earn industry certification. Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credentialed or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The state of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment. (http://www.act.org/products/workforce-act-workkeys/)
- College admission test
- Students can earn “remediation-free” scores in English language arts and mathematics on a national recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take the exam free of charge.