Graduation Requirements

High School Graduation Overview 

The State of Florida provides a guide to explain Florida’s high school graduation programs, including two programs that let students graduate from high school in three years. The guide also provides information to help students and their families as they plan and prepare for postsecondary goals, including information on acceleration options and advanced coursework. Florida's Guide to High School Graduation

For more information about a special diploma and other graduation options for students with disabilities, contact your child’s school counselor or exceptional student education teacher, or visit

Florida students entering their first year of high school in the 2011–2012 school year may choose from one of five options to earn a standard diploma.

  • A four-year, 24-credit program
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum
  • An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) curriculum
  • A three-year, 18-credit college preparatory program
  • A three-year, 18-credit career preparatory program

All of these graduation paths include opportunities to take rigorous academic courses designed to prepare students for their future academic and career choices. All students, regardless of graduation program, must still earn a specific grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, achieve passing scores on the Grade 10 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® 2.0 (FCAT) Reading, and meet specific end-of-course (EOC) assessment requirements to graduate with a standard diploma (refer to the chart concerning graduation requirements). 

What Students and Parent Need to Know for Graduation
(for students that entering grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year and forward)

Additional Information from Florida Legislature
(for Diplomas, State Assessments, Student Transfers, and Graduation Planning)

The School District of Palm Beach County