Earning Your High School Diploma - Mississippi

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Mississippi's educational system is better than ever, with an increasing number of high school graduates heading off to college each year. This article goes over the state's requirements for attaining a diploma.
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The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education ranks Mississippi among the top 10 states in gains made over the last decade in number of students attending college. These students will now be better prepared when they are ready to enter the global marketplace.

Mississippi's minimum requirements for graduation are as follows:

  • Four credits English/language arts
  • Four credits mathematics
  • Three credits science
  • One credit U.S. history/constitution
  • 0.5 credit economics
  • 0.5 credit U.S. government
  • One credit additional social studies
  • One credit physical education
  • Seven credits of electives

Recommended college prep courses include:

  • Four or more credits English with an emphasis in composition and usage
  • Two credits foreign language
  • Three credits mathematics (algebra and geometry)
  • Two credits laboratory sciences (biology, chemistry, or physics)
  • One credit U.S. history or world history
  • Two credits social science
  • One credit electives

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