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Beginning in the winter the 8th grade year, each student will meet annually with guidance staff to start planning for, or review and revise, his or her high school schedule. While some areas of instruction are common to all students, many opportunities for electives, career-based instruction, College Credit Plus, and other unique learning paths exist. It is important that students look ahead at the multi-year picture when planning schedules to ensure the best opportunity to pursue their preferred learning path while meeting high school graduation requirements. 

Program of Studies

The annual Program of Studies explains graduation requirements, course offerings, and an includes a detailed explanation of the high school curriculum. The student has the responsibility to see that requirements for graduation are met.  High school personnel make every effort to keep current records and to keep students and parents informed about the student’s progress toward completing the work necessary to meet these requirements.  The student, however, must make sure that he or she is acquainted with the necessary requirements to meet this goal.  This task is ultimately the student’s responsibility.  

All graduation requirements must be completed prior to graduation.  Please note that graduation requirements are minimum requirements.  Most students will have earned more than the minimum credits by the end of their senior year. The information in this Program of Studies is subject to change due to outstanding legislation and changes to curriculum. 

2021-2022 Program of Studies Guide

Graduation Requirements


Earning an Ohio High School Diploma, Class of 2018 and beyond*:

Ohio gives you several options to qualify for a high school diploma:

1.  Students will take 7 End of Course exams in the following areas: 

  • Science (Biology) 
  • Math (Algebra I and Geometry) 
  • English (English I and English II) 
  • Social Studies (American Studies and American Government)

Students must score a total of 18 points on the End of Course exams to graduate.  A minimum of four points must come from the Math assessments, four points from the English, and six points from the Science, American Studies, and American Government.  Students will have the opportunity to retake the tests to improve their scores (structured review is strongly recommended prior to retaking any assessment).

2.  Industry credential and workforce readiness

3.  College and career readiness tests (College readiness score on the ACT)

For more detailed information about the ways to earn a diploma visit "Ohio Options for a High School Diploma"

* State requirements for the Class of 2019 and beyond continue to be revised by the legislature. Some changes may be expected. Families interested in reviewing the most current graduation requirement language may visit the Ohio Department of Education's "Ohio Graduation Requirements" guidance page.



Classes of 2023 and Beyond Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a "competency” score on the English II and algebra I end-of-course tests. Students not earning competency scores on the first attempt must be offered appropriate remediation and supports and retake the test at least once.

  • The Ohio Department of Education, after gathering feedback from education stakeholders and business communities of Ohio, determined that “competency” would be set at a score of 684 for both the English language arts II and algebra I tests.

Competency Alternatives Ohio law established three alternatives to demonstrating competency on state tests. Prior to being eligible to demonstrate competency in alternative ways, students first must retake the test and receive remedial supports.

The three alternative ways to demonstrate competency for the subject area not passed are as follows:

  • 1. College Credit Plus – Earn college credit in a non-remedial math or English course (for the subject area not passed) to demonstrate competency.
  • 2. Career Experience and Technical Skill – Complete two demonstrations to show competency, at least one of which must be a foundational option.
    • Foundational:
      • a. Earn a score of proficient or higher on three or more WebXams in a single career pathway;
      • b. Earn a 12-point approved industry-recognized credential or group of credentials totaling 12 points in a single career field;
      • c. Complete a pre-apprenticeship in the student’s chosen career field or, for students ages 18 and older, show evidence of acceptance into an apprenticeship program after high school.
    • Supporting:
      • a. Complete a 250-hour work-based learning experience with evidence of positive evaluations;
      • b. Earn the workforce readiness score on WorkKeys; or
      • c. Earn the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal.
  • 3. Military Readiness – Competency can be achieved by meeting the requirements to enlist in the military, which can be demonstrated by a contract with the military to enlist upon graduation (see the Military Enlistment Seal guidelines in this document for more information about enlistment).

In addition to fulfilling curriculum requirements and meeting the competency requirements listed above, students also must show they are prepared for their next steps after high school. Students will demonstrate readiness by earning at least two diploma seals, one of which must be state defined

The State-Defined Seals are as follows:

  • Military Enlistment Seal
  • Technology Seal
  • Industry-Recognized Credential Seal
  • Citizenship Seal
  • OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal
  • State Seal Of Biliteracy
  • College-Ready Seal
  • Science Seal
  • Honors Diploma Seal

The Locally-Defined Seals are as follows:

  • Community Service Seal
    • 1. Complete a minimum of 60 community service hours. Hours to be logged into DASL - “community service” in the student section. Hours may be counted for grades 9-12.
    • 2. Hours can be outside of school or through a school extracurricular activity.
    • 3. Hours can be from one particular activity, or from multitudes of different activities.
    • 4. Community Service hours completed for a different entity (example: probation, court system, NHS, FFA, Savannah and Union Youth League, and other community organizations) may count towards this seal.
    • 5. All hours must be signed off by a supervisor.
    • 6. All hours must be turned in to the guidance
  • Fine and Performing Arts Seal
    • 1. Successfully complete a minimum of 4 credits over a 4 year period in the areas where fine arts credit is issued. Classes at CHS are Art, Choir and Band.
    • 2. Documentation to be turned into the guidance office by March 1st of the student’s senior year.
  • Student Engagement Seal
    • 1. Participate in a minimum of 5 activities over a 4 year period. This includes any extracurricular offered through CHS. Included, but not limited to sports, clubs (guitar club, gamers club, etc. . .) FFA, FCA, student council, school play(s), NHS, class officer, pep band. Courses offered for credit do not apply.
    • 2. Participation may be verified through the student activity section in DASL. Data to be pulled by March 1st of the senior year



More information on Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2023 and beyond can be found here.