To earn a diploma, students must earn the prescribed 28 credits and have a satisfactory record of attendance and discipline.
Number of Credits
4 (English I, II, III, IV)
4 (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one higher level math)
3 (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and one additional lab science)
World History or Geography
Phys. Ed and Health
1.5 (Wellness and one additional ½ credit)*
Students must complete two units of the same world language and one unit of fine/performing arts. ***
* The additional ½ credit in Physical Ed. may be met by completing a Physical Education course (in addition to Wellness) or by substituting a documented and equivalent time (minimum 65 hours) of physical activity in school sponsored activities such as marching band, JROTC, cheerleading, dance, interscholastic athletics and other areas pre-approved by the board of education.
** The elective focus may be CTE (3 courses in the same CTE program area), science and math, humanities, fine arts, AP/IB, or other areas approved by the board of education.
*** Students not planning to attend a university may waive the units of world language and fine/performing arts to expand their elective focus. (Parents and student are required to meet with the counseling office at the school to document their request for a waiver. These students are required to have 2 elective focuses.
Note: The completion of the ACT and a civics exam are also state of Tennessee graduation requirements. Additional information on graduation requirements and types of diplomas can be found in the school counseling office.
Grade Percentage Range
B 85- 92
C 75- 84
D 70- 74
F 0 - 69
- Weighting for Advanced Placement Courses includes the addition of 5 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average for students who sit for the AP exam.
- Weighting for Honors Courses includes the addition of 3 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average.
- Weighting for National Industry Certification Courses included the addition of 4 percentage points to grades used to calculate the semester average for students who sit for the identified Industry Certification Exam.
- There is an additional 1 quality point added to Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Courses that is used in the calculation of the GPA.
- There is an additional .5 quality point added to Honors Courses and National Industry Certification Courses that is used in the calculation of the GPA.
Note: Students are responsible for ordering AP College Board tests through the school Counseling Office. Payment must accompany the order(s). AP exams are administered in May.
Assigning additional quality points above 4.0 for honors courses, AP courses and Industry Certification Courses is not allowed for the purpose of determining eligibility for the lottery scholarships. Grade reports will electronically sent to parents.