Earning Your High School Diploma - Alabama

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The state of Alabama is known for staying true to its deep South traditions. Since the first school in Alabama was opened near Mobile in 1799, the state has been dedicated to providing a quality education. This article will go over Alabama's requirements for a high school diploma.
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Alabama continues to improve its school districts, and the fact that the number of high school graduates is on the rise pays homage to their dedication. Graduation requirements are determined by the Alabama Department of Education's high school diploma minimum requirement. Those who wish to attempt the Advanced Academic Endorsement must also follow the minimum requirements with emphasis on more challenging courses for each subject. The following minimum requirements are needed to graduate:

  • Four credits of English language arts
  • Four credits of mathematics (Four credits to include the equivalent of: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry and a mathematics elective)
  • Four credits of science (Four credits to include the equivalent of: Biology, Physical Science and science electives)
  • Four credits of social studies (All four required credits in Social Studies shall comply with the current Alabama Course of Study)
  • One credit of physical education
  • 0.5 credit of health education
  • 0.5 credit of arts education
  • 0.5 credit of computer applications (May be waived if competencies outlined in the computer applications course are demonstrated to qualified staff in the local school system. The designated one-half credit shall then be added to the electives credits, making a total of six electives credits.)
  • 5.5 credits of various electives (Local boards offer foreign languages, fine arts, physical education, wellness education, career/technical education and driver education as electives)

To successfully qualify for graduation, each student must also pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam. The exam is offered six times during the 10th through 12th grades.