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Graduation Requirements

Students in Louisiana can pursue two types of high school diploma, a College and Career Diploma or a Career Diploma. With a College and Career Diploma, students can opt for one of two courses of study – the more rigorous LA Core 4 or the Basic Core. Students can also earn an Academic Endorsement or a Career/Technical Endorsement.

Students with disabilities can also earn a Certificate of Achievement.

Diploma Requirements

Subject

Credits for LA Core 4

Credits for Basic Core

Credits for Career Diploma

English

4

Math

4

Physical Education

1.5

Health

.5

Science

4

3

3

Social Studies

4

3

3

Foreign Language

2

-

-

Arts

1

-

-

Electives

3

8*

7**

Total

24

24

23

 

*Students who pursue a Basic Core course of study must complete six credits in career area of concentration.

**Students who pursue a Career Diploma must complete seven credits in career area of concentration.

Academic Endorsement Requirements:

  • LA Core 4

  • Grade Point Average (GPA): 2.5

  • ACT: 23

  • One of the following:

    • Senior Project
    • AP course
    • IB course
    • 3 college hours of non-remedial credit in a core area

Career / Technical Endorsement Requirements:

  •  LA Core 4 
    •  4 credits in an area of concentration, plus 2 related credits 
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): 2.5
  • ACT: 20 or WorkKeys: Silver
  • The following:
    • Industry Based Certification approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education or 3 college hours in a career technical area, and
    • Senior Project related to the students area of concentration with 20 hours of work-based learning or 90 hours of work-based learning.

All students who pursue a career diploma must get written permission from their parent or guardian.

Students who pursue this option must participate in a dropout prevention program, such as JAG, and must pass a high school remedial course in the subject, either English or math, that they scored Unsatisfactory.