1.3 Graduation Requirements


Curriculum requirements for graduation from every public and chartered nonpublic (private) high school must include 20 credits. These credits prepare students for the workforce and college. They are made up of:

  • English language arts, four units;
  • Health, one-half unit;
  • Mathematics, four units, which must include one unit of algebra II or the equivalent of algebra II;
  • Physical education, one-half unit;
  • Science, three units, with inquiry-based laboratory experience:
    • Physical sciences, one unit;
    • Life sciences, one unit;
    • Advanced study in one or more of the following sciences, one unit:
      • Chemistry, physics or other physical science;
      • Advanced biology or other life science;
      • Astronomy, physical geology or other earth or space science.
  • Social studies, three units, which must include both of the following:
    • American history, one-half unit;
    • American government, one-half unit.
  • Five units consisting of one or any combination of the following subjects: foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education, English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses.

High School Credit or Unit

“One credit or unit” means a minimum of 120 hours of course instruction. The exception is a laboratory course, where “one credit or unit” means a minimum of 150 hours of course instruction.

“One-half credit or unit” means a minimum of 60 hours of course instruction. The exception is physical education courses, where “one-half credit or unit” means a minimum of 120 hours of course instruction.


• Educational options
• Credit flexibility
• Dual enrollment  (Ohio Curriculum Resources)
• Demonstration of subject area competency (Credit Flexibility Guidance Documents)
• Study abroad 

Links to Graduation-Related Coursework Statutes and Rules

Ohio Revised Code /

Ohio Administrative Code


3313.603 Graduation requirements
3313.603(D) Ohio Curriculum Choices
3313.603(E) Local control for more rigorous minimum curriculum
3313.603(F) Drop-out Prevention and Recovery Program Waiver
3313.603(G) Advanced work for students below ninth grade
3313.603(K) Two semesters for fine arts
3313.603(L) Physical education policy



Honors diploma
3313.615 Alternative conditions for eligibility for diploma


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