Requirements to Earn a High School Diploma


For additional questions, please contact your student’s high school counselor or visit the Florida Department of Education website.

Students must successfully complete one of the following diploma options:

  • 24-credit optiondetails listed below
  • 18-credit Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma curriculum

24-credit High School Diploma

4 credits in English Language Arts (ELA)

  • English 1, 2, 3, 4
  • English Honors, IB, AICE, AP, Pre-IB, and dual enrollment courses may satisfy this requirement

4 credits in Math

  • One of which must be Algebra 1* and one of which must be Geometry*
  • Industry certifications that lead to college credit may substitute for up to two mathematics credits (except for Algebra 1 and Geometry).

3 credits in Science

  • One of which must be Biology I*, two of which must be equally rigorous science courses.
  • Two of the three required credits must have a laboratory component (Biology I counts as a laboratory component course).

3 credits in Social Studies

  • 1 credit in World History
  • 1 credit in U.S. History*
  • 5 credits in U.S. Government
  • 5 credits in Economics with Financial Literacy

1 credit Fine & Performing or Practical Arts

PSLHS offers the following courses to satisfy this requirement:

  • All art, music, band, dance, theater, and chorus courses
  • Culinary 2 (Must complete both Culinary Arts 1 AND 2)
  • Debate I
  • Technical Design 1 (Drafting)
  • Digital Information Technology
  • Digital Design (Yearbook)
  • TV Production 1
  • 2 years of JROTC (waiver)
  • Carpentry 2 (Must complete both Carpentry 1 AND 2)
  • Marketing Essentials

1 credit HOPE

8 elective credits

1 online course within 24 credits (Most students achieve this through their Economics with Financial Literacy course in 12th grade.)

Students must meet the state assessment requirements:

  • Grade 10 English Language Arts
  • Algebra I*

Students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale

*Students must participate in the EOC assessments. (The results constitute 30 percent of the final course grade. These assessments are in the following subjects: Algebra I, Biology I, U.S. History, Geometry.)