Graduation Requirements

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State of Ohio Graduation Requirements

The state of Ohio has set General Graduation Requirements for students in the classes of 2023 and beyond. Metro students are expected to exceed basic requirements by completing high school credits at Mastery and completing an Early College Experience, which includes opportunities for hands-on research, business internships and access to college coursework.

Ohio's High School Graduation Requirements - 2023 & Beyond

Ohio Curriculum Requirements

Standard Diploma

  • English: 4 credits

  • Math: 4 credits, including Algebra II

  • Science: 3 credits

  • Social Studies: 3 credits

  • Art: 1 credit

  • Wellness: 1 credit

  • Electives: 5 credits (including unit of Economics & Financial Literacy)

Academic Honors Diploma

  • English: 4 credits

  • Math: 4 credits

  • Science: 5 credits

  • Social Studies: 4 credits

  • World Language: 3 units in one world language OR no less than 2 units each of two languages

  • Fine Art: 1 unit

  • GPA: 3.5+ GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • ACT/SAT: 27+ on the ACT or 1280+ on the SAT

STEM Honors Diploma

  • English: 4 credits

  • Math: 5 credits

  • Science: 5 credits, including 2 credits advanced science

  • Social Studies: 3 credits

  • World Language: 3 credits in one world language OR no less than 2 credits each of two world languages

  • Fine Art: 1 unit

  • Elective: 2 units with a focus in STEM

  • GPA: 3.5+ GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • ACT/SAT: 27+ on the ACT or 1280+ on the SAT 

  • Field Experience

  • Portfolio of student work based on Field Experience


Ohio Competency Requirements

To meet the competency requirement, students must earn a passing score on Ohio’s high school Algebra I and English II tests. Students who do not pass a test will be offered additional support and must retake the test at least once.

Additional ways to show competency are available once students have taken the state tests. See the Ohio High School Graduation Requirements link above for details.

Ohio Readiness Requirements: Diploma Seals

Ohio Revised Code sections 3313.618 and 3313.6114

In addition to fulfilling curriculum requirements and meeting competency requirements, students must show they are prepared for their next steps after high school. State law created 12 diploma seals for students to demonstrate academic, technical and professional readiness for careers, college, the military or self-sustaining professions. Each seal allows students to demonstrate knowledge and skills essential for future success in their chosen post-high school path.

Students will demonstrate readiness by earning at least two diploma seals, one of which must be state defined. Students are encouraged to pursue seals that are in line with their individual interests and skills.

Citizenship

Citizenship

To earn Ohio's Citizenship Seal, students must do one of the following:

  • Earn a score of proficient or higher on both the American History and American Government end-of- course exams;

  • Earn a score that is at least equivalent to proficient on appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams; or

  • Earn a final course grade that is equivalent to a “B” or higher in appropriate classes taken through the College Credit Plus program.

College Ready Seal

College Ready

To earn Ohio's College Ready Seal, students must have remediation-free scores on the ACT or SAT. Link to ODE remediation-free scores.

  • ACT:

    English score of 18+, Reading score of 22+, Math score of 22+

  • SAT:

    Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) score of 480+,

    Math score of 530+

Industry Recognized Credential

Industry-Recognized Credential

To earn the Industry-Recognized Credential Seal, students must earn a 12-point approved industry-recognized credential or group of credentials totaling 12 points in a single career field.

Honors Seal

Honors Diploma

Students must complete set requirements to earn one of six honors designations (NOTE: Metro only offers Academic & STEM Honors):

Military Enlistment

Military Enlistment

To earn Ohio's Military Enlistment Seal, students must provide evidence of enlistment in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or participate in an approved JROTC program. 


Science

Science

To earn Ohio's Science Seal, students must satisfy at least one of the following:

  • Earn a score of proficient on Ohio’s State Test in Biology;

  • Earn a score equivalent to proficient on an appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate science test; or

  • Earn a B or higher in a science course taken through the College Credit Plus program.

Technology

Technology

To earn Ohio’s Technology Seal, students must satisfy at least one of the requirements below:

  • Earn a score equivalent to proficient on an appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test;

  • Earn a B or higher in an appropriate college technology course taken through the College Credit Plus program; or

  • Complete a technology course that meets criteria established by the Ohio Department of Education.

Ohio Means Jobs

OhioMeansJobs

To earn the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal, students must meet the criteria established by the state, including demonstration of work-readiness and professional competency.

OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal Requirements

Biliteracy

Bi-Literacy

To earn Ohio's Seal of Bi-Literacy, students must meet the criteria established by the state, including proficiency requirements on assessments in English and a world language.

Ohio Biliteracy Seal Requirements

Fine & Performing Arts

Fine & Performing Arts (Locally Defined)

To earn the Fine & Performing Arts Seal, Metro students must earn a total of 90 points during their high school career through the following activities:

30 point activities

  • Dance solo in a ballet, tap or similar performance

  • Artwork displayed in a professional gallery

  • Place in an external arts competition

  • Participate in a band, ensemble or orchestra

  • Participate as cast or crew of a theatrical performance

  • Be inducted into and a participatory member of the National Arts Honor Society

20 point activities

  • Complete two Art courses at Mastery

  • Have artwork displayed in the community at a program or through an association

Metro's Fine & Performing Arts Seal Tracking Form (accessible from Metro student email accounts)

Community Service

Community Service (Locally Defined)

To earn the Community Service Seal, Metro students must accumulate 120 or more community service hours during their high school career.

  • Students will complete and submit a plan to their Advisor detailing how the hours will be completed. 

  • A reflection on the service hours will be included in the Roundtable and Gateway presentations each year.

Student Engagement

Student Engagement (Locally Defined)

To earn the Student Engagement Seal, Metro students must participate in extracurricular activities in a meaningful way to earn a total of 90 points during their high school career:

  • Band (30 points/year)

  • Theater/Musical production (30 points/year) 

  • Student Council leader or Advisory representative (30 points/year)

  • Student Athletics, individual or team sports (30 points/year)

  • Clubs affiliated with national organizations or involved in external competitions (30 points/year)  

Metro's Student Engagement Seal Tracking Form