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 (F.S.):
- 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) options
*In addition to the four options available for students to earn a standard diploma listed above, Rule 6A-1.09963 (Word), Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), High School Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities, outlines two additional options that students with disabilities may complete within the 24-credit program. These include
- specific requirements for students with disabilities for whom the individual education plan (IEP) has determined that participation in the Florida Alternate Assessment is the most appropriate measure of the student’s skills and instruction in the access points is the most appropriate means of providing the student access to the general curriculum.
- specific requirements for a standard diploma for students with disabilities for whom the IEP team has determined that mastery of both academic and employment competencies is the most appropriate way for the student to demonstrate his or her skills.
For additional information on exceptional student education programs, visit the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services web page.
For more information on local public school district graduation programs, contact the school district.
Academic Advisement Flyer - What Students and Parents Need to Know
- Students Entering Grade Nine in the 2014-2015 School Year and Forward (PDF) (Revised July 2018)
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 s. 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, F.A.C., State Uniform Transfer of Students in Middle Grades and High School.
Graduation Program Planning
FloridaShines provides an array of academic advising, career readiness and online learning resources for students and parents. These state-funded academic advising services make it easy for high school students to prepare for college or a career after graduation by enabling them to evaluate their progress toward high school graduation, college and career readiness and Bright Futures scholarship eligibility. In addition, they can explore Florida's college and university offerings (both traditional and online 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.
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.
Did you know that "early" graduation is an option for many students?
You can collect the 24 required credits needed for graduation in 3 years if you plan carefully with the help of your guidance counselor. You will need to complete the required courses for your cohort year (the year you entered 9th grade), pass all of your assessments (EOC's, FSA's, etc.) and be in good standing with your GPA. For more information - schedule a visit with your counselor!