Graduation Requirements

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.

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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

4 credits including: English Language Arts 1 (1.0 credit); and English Language Arts 2 (1.0 credit); and Expository Writing* (0.5 credit); and English Language Arts basic electives (1.5 credits)

Social Studies

4 credits including: U.S. History and Government (1.0 credit); and World History and Culture (1.0 credit); and Modern History of Hawaii (0.5 credit); and Participation in a Democracy (0.5 credit); and Social Studies basic elective (1.0 credit)

Mathematics

3 credits including: Algebra 1 (1.0 credit); and Geometry (1.0 credit); and mathematics basic elective (1.0 credit)

Science

3 credits including: Biology 1 (1.0 credit); and science basic electives (2.0 credits)

  • World Language (note 1)
  • Fine Arts (note 2)
  • Career and Technical Education / JROTC (note 3)

2 credits in one of the specified programs of study.

Physical Education (P.E.)

1 credit including Physical Education Lifetime Fitness (0.5 credit); and Physical Education basic elective (0.5 credit)

Health0.5 credit in Health Today and Tomorrow
Personal Transition Plan 0.5 credit
Electives (Any Subject Area) 6 credits
TOTAL: 24 credits

*Or equivalent course.


Notes:

  1. Two credits in a single World Language. Credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language.
  2. Two credits in a Fine Arts discipline: Visual Arts, Music, Drama or Dance. Credits do not need to be in a single discipline.
  3. CTE: Two credits need to be in a single career pathway program of study sequence. JROTC: Two consecutive JROTC courses fulfill CTE two credits for diploma requirements.

​​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, students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to qualify for a honors recognition certificate in one or more of the honors described below.

  • Academic Honors:
    • 4 credits of Math: The four credits must include one credit for Algebra 2 and one credit beyond Algebra 2. The credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via the following courses or equivalent AP or IB or Running Start math courses: Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Introduction to College Mathematics, or Calculus. AND
    • 4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses. AND
    • 2 credits minimum must be from AP/IB/Running Start courses (equivalent to credits for two 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 four credits must include one credit for Algebra 2 and one credit beyond Algebra 2. The credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via the following courses or equivalent AP or IB or Running Start math courses: Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Introduction to College Mathematics, or Calculus. AND
    • 4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses.
    • Successful completion of a STEM Capstone Project​ in one of the approved ACCN courses.

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

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

Dan Miyamoto

Phone: 808-305-9701

Email: Dan_Miyamoto@hawaiidoe.org

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