Requirements: Effective with the graduating Class of 2016

Effective 2012-13 with the graduating class of 2016, the minimum course and credit requirements to receive a high school graduation diploma are:

CREDITS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

English (note 1)  4 credits

Social Studies (note 2)  4 credits

Mathematics (note 3)  3 credits

Science (note 4)  3 credits

Two credits in one of the specified programs of study:

  • World Language (same language) (note 5)
  • Fine Arts (note 6)
  • Career and Technical Education (note 7)

2 credits

Physical Education (P.E.)  1 credit (note 8)

Health  0.5 credit

Personal Transition Plan  0.5 credit

Electives (Any Subject Area)  6 credits

Senior Project May be counted toward 1 elective credit

TOTAL:  24 credits

Notes:

  1. English shall include English Language Arts 1 (1.0 credit), English Language Arts 2 (1.0 credit) and Expository Writing (0.5 credit).
  2. Social Studies shall include Modern History of Hawaii (0.5 credit) and Participation in a Democracy (0.5 credit).
  3. Math shall include Algebra 1 (1.0 credit), Geometry (1.0 credit) or e.g. two-year integrated Common Core course sequence.
  4. Science shall include Biology (1.0 credit) and Laboratory Science Electives (2.0 credits).
  5. Two credits in a single World Language. Credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language.
  6. Two credits in a Fine Arts discipline: Visual Arts, Music, Drama or Dance. Credits do not need to be in a single discipline.
  7. Two credits need to be in a single career pathway program of study sequence.
  8. Required courses: PEP 1005 Physical Education Lifetime Fitness (0.5 credit) and Basic Physical Education Elective (0.5 credit).

High School Diploma: A Hawaii High School Diploma shall be issued to students who meet the above minimum course and credit requirements (Board of Education Policy 4540, 10/4/2011).

Honors Recognition Certificate Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for the Hawaii High School Diploma, the following must be met with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above:

  • Academic Honors:
    • 4 credits of Math: The 4th credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via a combination of the following half-credit courses (or equivalent IB math courses): Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus.
    • 4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 (or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses); and the other three credits must be lab-based science credits.
    • Two credits minimum must be from AP/IB/Running Start courses (equivalent to credits for 2 college courses).
  • CTE Honors:
    • Completes program of study (2-3 courses in sequence plus a state-identified specific academic course requirement).
      • Earn a B or better in each required program of study (coursework)
      • Meet or exceed proficiency on performance-based assessments for corresponding program of study
    • Completes one of the following written assessments for the corresponding program of study:
      • Earn at least 70% on each end-of-course assessment
      • Earn a nationally-recognized certificate
      • Earn a passing score on a Dual Credit Articulated Program of Study assessment
  • STEM Honors:
    • 4 credits of Math: The 4th credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via a combination of the following half-credit courses (or equivalent IB math courses): Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus.
    • 4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 (or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses); and the other three credits must be lab-based science credits.
    • A STEM Capstone/STEM Senior Project.