Beginning with the 2008-2009 freshmen class there will only be one graduation diploma. The requirements for a Georgia High School diploma are different than the admission requirements for a four year college or university. Students need to carefully select courses if they plan to attend a four year university in the fall following high school graduation.
Diploma Requirements: 23 credits
4 English Credits
4 Math Credits
4 Science Credits
3 Social Studies Credits (4 classes totaling 3 credits)
1 Credit Health/Personal Fitness
3 CTAE/Foreign Language or Fine Art Credits
4 Elective Credits
Graduation Requirements are different than College Admission requirements!
Georgia doesn’t require two years of the same foreign language BUT 4 year colleges and universities do! Georgia doesn’t require upper level sciences but 4 year colleges and universities do!
The freshman class of 2012-2013 will be expected to complete an Elective Pathway prior to graduation. This will include three (3) classes within the same area:
Modern Languages Construction
Visual Arts Education
Performing Arts Engineering: Graphic Design
Agricultural Mechanics Personal Service Occ. (Cosmetology)
Administrative/Info. Support Therapeutic Services- Nurs.
Small Business Development Academic Pathway
A= 90-100 C= 70-79 F=69 or below
HOPE Requirements continue to change and will continue to change prior to graduation in 2016. Some changes you need to know include:
a.) Students graduating under the diploma plan (like Bartow County) must have a 3.0 GPA.
b.) If students fall below the 3.0 GPA in college they may only regain HOPE one time.
c.) The HOPE Scholarship will not pay for remedial or developmental courses.
d.) There is a 7 year limit (with stipulations) to receive HOPE.
e.) Students graduating in 2016 must pass at least 3 courses from a list of academically rigorous courses in order to meet the requirements to be a HOPE scholar.
f.) Award amounts:
a.) Payment amount for private colleges is $3,600 (as of 6/2011)
b.) Payment amount for public colleges and universities can be located on GAcollege411. Org on the HOPE Program Changes page.
Zell Miller Scholarship (New Program)- Students must meet all requirements to be eligible for the HOPE scholarship plus:
a.) Graduate with a grade point average of at least 3.7 as calculated by the Georgia State Finance Commission and having received a score of at least 1,200 combined critical reading score and math score on a single administration of the SAT or ACT score at least 26 or
b.) Graduated as the valedictorian or salutatorian
c.) A student must maintain a 3.3 GPA in college to maintain the Zell Miller Program.
HOPE Grant is only available for students seeking a certificate or diploma at a branch of the Technical College System of Georgia or a unit of the University System of Georgia. The HOPE Grant will pay the HOPE Grant Award Rate.