Graduation Requirements: Class of 2016+

Requirements to achieve a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools for the Class of 2016 and beyond are detailed here. Download the brochure for your personal reference.

Requirements: Effective with the graduating Class of 2016

Effective 2012-13 with the graduating class of 2016, the minimum course and credit requirements to receive a high school graduation diploma are:

CREDITS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
English (note 1) 4 credits
Social Studies (note 2) 4 credits
Mathematics (note 3) 3 credits
Science (note 4)3 credits
Two credits in one of the specified programs of study:
  • World Language (same language) (note 5)
  • Fine Arts (note 6)
  • Career and Technical Education (note 7)

2 credits

Physical Education (P.E.)1 credit (note 8)
Health0.5 credit
Personal Transition Plan 0.5 credit
Electives (Any Subject Area) 6 credits
Senior Project May be counted toward 1.0 elective credit
TOTAL: 24 credits

Notes:

  1. English shall include English Language Arts 1 (1 credit), English Language Arts 2 (1 credit) and Expository Writing (0.5 credit).
  2. Social Studies shall include Modern History of Hawaii (0.5 credit) and Participation in a Democracy (0.5 credit).
  3. Math shall include Algebra 1 (1.0 credit), Geometry (1.0 credit) or e.g. two-year integrated Common Core course sequence.
  4. Science shall include Biology (1.0 credit) and Laboratory Science Electives (2.0 credits).
  5. Two credits in a single World Language. Credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language.
  6. Two credits in a Fine Arts discipline: Visual Arts, Music, Drama or Dance. Credits do not need to be in a single discipline.
  7. Two credits need to be in a single career pathway program of study sequence.
  8. Required courses: PEP 1005 Physical Education Lifetime Fitness (0.5 credit) and Basic Physical Education Elective (0.5 credit).

High School Diploma: A Hawaii High School Diploma shall be issued to students who meet the above minimum course and credit requirements (Board of Education Policy 4540, 10/4/2011).

Honors Recognition Certificate Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for the Hawaii High School Diploma, the following must be met with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above:

  • Academic Honors:
    • 4 credits of Math: The 4th credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via a combination of the following half-credit courses (or equivalent IB math courses): Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus.
    • 4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 (or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses); and the other three credits must be lab-based science credits.
    • Two credits minimum must be from AP/IB/Running Start courses (equivalent to credits for 2 college courses).
  • CTE Honors:
    • Completes program of study​ (2-3 courses in sequence plus a state-identified specific academic course requirement).
      • Earn a B or better in each required program of study (coursework)
      • Meet or exceed proficiency on performance-based assessments for corresponding program of study
    • Completes one of the following written assessments for the corresponding program of study:
      • Earn at least 70% on each end-of-course assessment
      • Earn a nationally-recognized certificate
      • Earn a passing score on a Dual Credit Articulated Program of Study assessment
  • STEM Honors:
    • 4 credits of Math: The 4th credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via a combination of the following half-credit courses (or equivalent IB math courses): Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus.
    • 4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 (or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses); and the other three credits must be lab-based science credits.
    • A STEM Capstone/STEM Senior Project.

Grade Point Average

This cumulative grade point average applies to all graduates:

  • Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.5
  • Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.5+ to 3.8, and
  • Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.8+ and above.

Valedictorian Designation

The valedictorian criteria have been approved by the Hawaii High School Principal Forum. Effective for the Class of 2016 and beyond, graduating seniors will be declared valedictorian if the following criteria are met:

  • GPA of 4.0; and
  • Earned and met the requirements of one of the Honor Recognition Certificates.

Valedictorians will be named after the third quarter.

Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises may be scheduled any time after the last day of school for seniors. The last day of school for seniors shall be set by the Hawaii State Department of Education. Students shall be permitted to participate in commencement if they:

  1. meet the requirements for a diploma or a certificate;
  2. have fulfilled their financial obligations; and
  3. meet other conditions, established by the Department of Education, which meet the standards of clarity, reasonableness, and justifiability.

Contact Information

Solomon Kaulukukui Jr.

Phone: 808-305-9701

Email: Solomon_Jr._Kaulukukui@hawaiidoe.org

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