Graduation Requirements

  • Updated with information for the 2023-24 school year.

    Students must have a minimum of 48 credits, including four (4) credits from physical education (Board Policy 505.06). One credit of physical education will be taken each year of high school. The specific requirements are as follows:

English and Language Arts (8 credits)

    • Accelerated Literature & Composition/Fundamentals of Writing (2 credits) fulfills the ninth grade Language & Literature requirement and the 10th grade Fundamentals of Writing; students must meet entrance criteria.
    • Debate I/Public Speaking (2 credit courses) fulfills the Speech Communication graduation requirement and one Language Arts elective credit.
    • Speech Composition (2 credits) fulfills the Speech requirement and the Fundamentals of Writing requirement.
    • Students need to verify Valley course selection to ensure that they meet Language Arts requirements for their post-secondary school of choice.

Fine Arts (1 credit)

Mathematics (6 credits) including Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II

    • Eighth-Grade Algebra I C and/or Geometry C, must be taken for high school credit.

Physical Education and Health (4 P.E. credits, 1 Health credit)

    • All students will be required to obtain credit in P.E. during each school year  of attendance as a requirement for graduation. Exemptions will be granted in accordance with law and policy.
    • Students earn 1 credit per semester (1 credit per year for Early Bird PE).
    • In addition, students must take a CPR course that consists of components that could lead to CPR certification.

Science (6 credits)

    • Advanced Physical Science fulfills the Physical Science requirement

Social Studies (6 credits)

    • American Heritage (4 credits) fulfills the U.S. History graduation requirement, the Literature elective requirement (American Literature), and the Language Arts elective (Intermediate Writing).

Additional Resources

  • Diploma Requirements

  • Early Graduation

  • Grade Level Status

  • Junior or Sixth-Semester Transfers

  • Off-Campus Coursework

  • Transcripts

Valley Honors Diploma Program

  • Honors Overview

  • 10th Grade Requirements

  • 11th Grade Requirements

  • 12th Grade Requirements

Last Modified on December 9, 2022