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HS Graduation Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements:

OCA offers multiple types of diplomas.
  1. Florida Standard Diploma: The Florida standard diploma is earned when meeting the requirements listed on the FLDOE website.
  2. Florida Scholar Diploma: The Florida Scholar diploma is earned when meeting the requirements listed on the FLDOE website.
  3. OCA Diploma: The OCA diploma has the same total credits as the Florida standard diploma but has some specific subject requirements listed below.
  4. OCA Scholar Diploma: The OCA Scholar Diploma has the same requirements as the OCA diploma with the additional requirement of 28 credits and a 3.5 Unweighted GPA.
The following is required to earn a OCA diploma.
  • 24 credits
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must pass the Grade 10 ELA assessment or ACT/SAT concordant score.
  • Must pass Algebra 1 EOC
  • A 20 page Senior Thesis is required for graduation.
  • 2 years of World Language (including 1 year of Latin)
Subject
Florida Standard Diploma
Required
Credits
OCA
Required
Credits
English Language Arts
1. Ancient Literature (1)
2. British Literature Honors (1)
3. American Literature (1)
4. Modern Literature (1)
5. Logic (.5)
6. Rhetoric (.5)
4
5
Mathematics
1. Algebra 1 (1)
2. Geometry (1)
3. Algebra 2 (1)
4. Math Elective (1)
4
4
Science*
1. Biology 1
2. Chemistry 1
3. Physics 1
4. One Science Elective (1)
*2 must have a lab component
3
4
Social Studies
1. Ancient World History (1)
2. European History (1)
3. American History (1)
4. Modern World History (1)
5. Economics (.5)
6. American Government & Political Thought (1)
7. Introduction Moral  Philosophy (.5)
8. Moral Philosophy Honors (1)
3
7
World Language
1. Latin (taken in 9th-12th grade)
2. One other language course
0
2
Performing Fine Arts
1.     Music History (or)
2.     Art History Honors
1
1
PE
1.     (HOPE) (on-line) (or)
2.     Personal Fitness (.5 credit) and Fitness Lifestyle Design (.5 credit) (or)
3.     Personal Fitness (.5 credit) and Outdoor Education (.5 credit)
1
1
Electives
8
 
Total
24
24

 

Physical Education and Online Course
These include one online course and one credit of Physical Education (to include the integration of health). OCA recommends that students take the online course after completing the 8thh grade during the summer or after school hours prior to their Senior year.
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) has a number of options that qualify for the Physical Education and online requirements:
1)       Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) (1 credit)
2)       Personal Fitness (.5 credit) and Fitness Lifestyle Design (.5 credit)
3)       Personal Fitness (.5 credit) and Outdoor Education (.5 credit)

Secondary Student Progression Plan

This resource includes the following:
  • Current legislative and Florida Administrative Code requirements;
  • Clarification and technical assistance related to the revision and development of student progression policies and procedures;
  • Helpful links to resources provided by the Florida Department of Education.
Current law requires each district school board to establish a comprehensive program for student progression as well as standards for evaluating each student’s performance ( s. 1008.25, F.S.).
 
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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 chart.

State Assessments for High School Graduation
Information related to statewide assessment requirements is available in Graduation Requirements for Florida's Statewide Assessments (PDF).

Transfer Students
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 (PDF) 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.