Graduation Course Requirements

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ACPA Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirements for the class of 2025 and beyond has three parts. Students must complete all three parts in order to graduate. More information on ACPA’s requirements can be found on the ACPA website (look under Resources -> Counseling -> Graduation Requirements). More information on all state requirements can be found at the Ohio Department of Education website (search “Ohio Graduation Requirements” in Google or your preferred search engine).

Part One: Cover the Basics

  • ACPA students must earn a minimum of 23.5 credits, which include some specific requirements in some subject areas. The credit requirements are as follows:
    • 4 credits in English (at least one class each year)
    • 4 credits in Math (at least one class each year; includes Algebra 2).
    • 3 credits in Science (Physical Science, Life Science, and Advanced Science)
    • 3 credits in Social Studies (World History, US History, & US Government) 
    • 1 additional credit in Science or Social Studies
    • 5 credits in Fine Arts
    • 2 credits in Foreign Language
    • 0.5 of PE & 0.5 in Health
    • 0.5 credit of Financial Literacy (class of 2026 and beyond only)

Part Two: Show Competency 

  • Students must pass the End of Course tests in Algebra I and ELA II (English 10).
    • Students must earn a score (684) on both tests.
    • Students who do not earn the score must retake the test(s) at least once; ACPA will provide test prep.
    • Make-up tests take place near the end of 1st semester during each school year.
  • There are additional pathways if a student is not successful after attempting the test twice. This includes students who transfer from out of state, from homeschool, or have an IEP with certain accommodations. Talk to your school counselor if you would like to know more.

Part Three: Show Readiness 

  • Students must earn a minimum of 2 college/career readiness seals by fulfilling state and/or school requirements
    • There are 9 state seals and 3 local (ACPA) seals
    • More info on how to earn seals can be found on the ACPA website.
  • Many ACPA students earn 2 seals through End of Course exams. Other students can earn seals in various ways, such as through ACT scores, class grades, and completing forms. Talk to your school counselor for more information.
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