• Mississippi Traditional Pathway
    24 Credits

    Mississippi Career Pathway
    21 Credits minimum
    MS Code 37-16-17
    Does not meet IHL requirements

    District Option
    21 Credits
    Does not meet IHL requirements

    Beginning school year 2008-2009 and
    ending with school year 2017-2018

    Entering eleventh graders 2010-2011
    ending with incoming ninth graders in
    2016-2017

     

    Graduation
    Requirements

    Required
    Subjects

    Graduation
    Requirements

    Required
    Subjects

    Graduation
    Requirements

    Required
    Subjects

    English

    4 units
    Must include:
    English I, II

    English

    4 units
    Must include:
    English I, II

     

    English

    4 units
    Must include:
    English I, II 

    Math

     

     

     

    4 units
    Must include:
    Algebra I

    Math

    3 units
    Must include:
    Algebra I

     

    Math

    4 units
    Must include:
    Algebra I

     

    Science

    4 units
    Must include:
    Biology

    Science

    3 units
    Must include:
    Biology

     

    Science

    3 units
    Must include:
    Biology

     

    Social
    Studies

    4 units
    Must include:
    1 World History
    1 U.S. History
    ½ Geography
    ½ U.S. Government
    ½ Economics
    ½ Mississippi Studies

    Social
    Studies

    3 units
    Must include:
    1 – U.S. History
    ½ - U.S. Government
    ½  - Mississippi
    Studies

    Social
    Studies

    4 units
    Must include:
     
    1 World History
    1 U.S. History
    ½ U.S. Government
    ½ Mississippi Studies

    Health

     

    0.5 unit
    Must include:
    Comprehensive Health or Family & Individual Health or Allied Health I/Health Science I or 
    JROTC I or JROTC II

    Health  and
    Physical
    Science

     

    0.5 unit
    Must Include:
    Comprehensive
    Health or Family &
    Individual Health or Allied Health I;
    Health Science I or
    JROTC I and JROTC II or Physical
    Education

    Health/
    Physical
    Education

     

    Business &
    Technology

    1.0 units
    Must include:
    Computer Application and Keyboarding or
    ICT II

    Business &
    Technology

    1.0 units
    Must include:
    Computer
    Applications and
    Keyboarding or
    ICT II

    Business &
    Technology

     

    The Arts

    1 unit
    Must include:
    Any

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Physical
    Education

    0.5 unit
    May include
    participation in band,
    dance, JROTC,
    interscholastic athletics

    Physical
    Education

    See Health and
    Physical Education

     

     

    Electives

    5.0 units

    4 units of
    Career and
    Technical
    Education
    Electives and
    2 ½ units of
    electives

    From student's 
    program of study

     

    4 units of Career and
    Technical Education
    Electives or 540 hours of
    successful, paid
    employment

    TOTAL

    24

    TOTAL

    21 Units

    TOTAL

    21 Units

    TESTING

    Must pass
    MAAP Assessments:
    U. S. History, English II
    with Writing, Biology I,
    Algebra I

    TESTING

    Must pass
    MAAP assessments:
    U. S. History, English II with Writing,
    Biology I, Algebra I

    TESTING

    MAAP assessment testing in subject-area is
    dependent upon IEP.







  • GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    STANDARD 14
    TRADITIONAL DIPLOMA
    (Entering ninth graders in 2018-2019 and thereafter)

     

    Each student graduating from a secondary school in an accredited school district will have earned the required Carnegie units as specified in the following table. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of the Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. (See 7 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 3, Ch. 28, R. 28.2, R. 28.3.) Students enrolled in grades 7 – 12 may be awarded a Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is a Carnegie unit bearing course in the current edition of the Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi Manual. Enrollment in online courses listed in this book must have prior approval granted by the principal.

     Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified below and has met the requirements for each of the required high school assessments is eligible to receive a high school diploma. The local school district may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under Miss. Code Ann. § 37-16-7.

     Beginning school year 2018-2019 and thereafter, all entering ninth graders will be required to have a minimum of 24 Carnegie units as specified below. Student may earn one of the following endorsements to be added to the traditional diploma: Career and Technical Endorsement, Academic Endorsement, and/or Distinguished Academic Endorsement. The local school district may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under Miss. Code Ann. § 37-16-7

     

    CURRICULUM AREA

    CARNEGIE UNITS

    REQUIRED SUBJECT

    ENGLISH

     

    4

    English I    

    English II

    MATHEMATICS

    4

    Algebra I

    SCIENCE

    3

    Biology I

     

    SOCIAL STUDIES

     

    3 ½

    1 World History

    1 U.S. History

    ½ U.S. Government

    ½ Economics

    ½  Mississippi Studies

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    ½

    ½ Physical Education

    HEALTH

    ½

    ½ Contemporary Health

    TECHNOLOGY OR COMPUTER SCIENCE

    1

     

    THE ART

    1

     

    COLLEGE- and CAREER-READINESS

    1

     

    ELECTIVES

    5 ½

     

    TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED

    24

     

     


     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    STANDARD 14
    TRADITIONAL DIPLOMA WITH CAREER AND TECHNICAL ENDORSEMENT
    (Entering ninth graders in 2018-2019 and thereafter)

     

    Each student graduating from a secondary school in an accredited school district will have earned the required Carnegie units as specified in the following table. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of the Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. (See 7 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 3, Ch. 28, R. 28.2, R. 28.3.) Students enrolled in grades 7 – 12 may be awarded a Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is a Carnegie unit bearing course in the current edition of the Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi Manual. Enrollment in online courses listed in this book must have prior approval granted by the principal.

    In order to earn the Career and Technical Endorsement, a student must complete the minimum graduation requirements as specified below, meet the requirements for each of the required high school assessments and complete all career and technical endorsement additional requirements. The local school district may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under Miss. Code Ann. § 37-16-7.

    Beginning school year 2018-2019 and thereafter, all entering ninth graders will be required to have a minimum of 26 Carnegie units as specified below to earn a Traditional Diploma with a Career and Technical Endorsement. The local school district may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under Miss. Code Ann. § 37-16-7.

     

    CURRICULUM AREA

    CARNEGIE UNITS

    REQUIRED SUBJECT

    ENGLISH

     

    4

    English I     English II

    Two English classes above English II

    MATHEMATICS

     

    4

    Algebra I

    Two Math classes above Algebra I

    SCIENCE

     

    3

    Biology I

    Two science classes above Biology I

    SOCIAL STUDIES

     

    3 ½

    1 World History

    1 U.S. History

    ½ U.S. Government

    ½ Economics

    ½  Mississippi Studies

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    ½

    ½ Physical Education

    HEALTH

    ½

    ½ Contemporary Health

    TECHNOLOGY OR COMPUTER SCIENCE

    1

     

    THE ART

    1

     

    COLLEGE- and CAREER-READINESS

    1

     

    ELECTIVES

    3 ½

    Must include two IHL advanced electives

    Must meet College Preparatory Curriculum

    TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED

    26

     

     


      

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    STANDARD 14
    TRADITIONAL DIPLOMA with an ACADEMIC ENDORSEMENT
    (Entering ninth graders in 2018-2019 and thereafter)

      

    Each student graduating from a secondary school in an accredited school district will have earned the required Carnegie units as specified in the following table. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of the Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. (See 7 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 3, Ch. 28, R. 28.2, R. 28.3.) Enrollment in online courses listed in this book must have prior approval granted by the principal.

    Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified below and has met requirements for each of the required high school assessments is eligible to receive a high school diploma. Students enrolled in grades 7 – 12 may be awarded a Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is a Carnegie unit bearing course in the current edition of the Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi Manual. 

    Beginning school year 2018-2019 and thereafter, all entering ninth graders will be required to have a minimum of 26 Carnegie units as specified below to earn a Traditional Diploma with an Academic Endorsement. The local school district may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under Miss. Code Ann. § 37-16-7.

     

    CURRICULUM AREA

    CARNEGIE UNITS

    REQUIRED SUBJECT

    ENGLISH

     

    4

    English I     English II

    Two English classes above English II

    MATHEMATICS

     

    4

    Algebra I

    Two Math classes above Algebra I

    SCIENCE

     

    3

    Biology I

    Two science classes above Biology I

    SOCIAL STUDIES

     

    3 ½

    1 World History

    1 U.S. History

    ½ U.S. Government

    ½ Economics

    ½  Mississippi Studies

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    ½

    ½ Physical Education

    HEALTH

    ½

    ½ Contemporary Health

    TECHNOLOGY OR COMPUTER SCIENCE

    1

     

    THE ART

    1

     

    COLLEGE- and CAREER-READINESS

    1

     

    ELECTIVES

    7 ½

    Must Include 2 advanced electives of the College Preparatory curriculum requirements

    TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED

    26

     

     


       

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    STANDARD 14
    TRADITIONAL DIPLOMA with a DISTINGUISHED ACADEMIC ENDORSEMENT
    (Entering ninth graders in 2018-2019 and thereafter)

     

    Each student graduating from a secondary school in an accredited school district will have earned the required Carnegie units as specified in the following table. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of the Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. (See 7 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 3, Ch. 28, R. 28.2, R. 28.3.) Enrollment in online courses listed in this book must have prior approval granted by the principal.

    Any student who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified below and has met the requirements for each of the required high school assessments is eligible to receive a high school diploma. Students enrolled in grades 7 – 12 may be awarded a Carnegie unit credit provided the course content is a Carnegie unit bearing course in the current edition of the Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi Manual.

    Beginning school year 2018-2019 and thereafter, all entering ninth graders will be required to have a minimum of 28 Carnegie units as specified below to earn a Traditional Diploma with a Distinguished Academic Endorsement. The local school district may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under Miss. Code Ann. § 37-16-7.

     

    CURRICULUM AREA

    CARNEGIE UNITS

    REQUIRED SUBJECT

    ENGLISH

     

    4

    English I     English II

    Two English classes above English II

    MATHEMATICS

     

    4

    Algebra I

    Two Math classes above Algebra I

    SCIENCE

     

    4

    Biology I

    Two science classes above Biology I

    SOCIAL STUDIES

     

    3 ½

    1 World History

    1 U.S. History

    ½ U.S. Government

    ½ Economics

    ½  Mississippi Studies

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    ½

    ½ Physical Education

    HEALTH

    ½

    ½ Contemporary Health

    TECHNOLOGY OR COMPUTER SCIENCE

    1

     

    THE ART

    1

     

    COLLEGE- and CAREER-READINESS

    1

     

    ELECTIVES

    8

    Must Include two IHL advanced electives Must meet College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC)

    TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED

    28

     

     


      

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    ALTERNATE DIPLOMA OPTION
    NOTE: This option may be offered by districts for incoming ninth graders of 2018-2019 for
    students with significant cognitive disabilities.

     

    Only students identified by their Individualized Education Program Committee as having a significant cognitive disability, as defined by the Testing Students with Disabilities Regulations and State Board Policy Chapter 78, Rule 78.1, may be eligible to earn the Alternate Diploma. Each student graduating from a secondary school in an accredited school district with the Alternate Diploma will have earned the required credits as specified in the following table. Contents of each required and elective course must include the core objectives identified in the State Board approved Alternate Academic Achievement Standards. Course titles and identification numbers must appear in the current edition of the Approved Courses for Secondary Schools of Mississippi. (See 7 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 3, Ch. 28, R. 28.2, R. 28.3.) Students with significant cognitive disabilities enrolled in grades 7 – 12 may be awarded a credit provided the course content is a credit-bearing course in the current edition of the Approved Courses for the Secondary Schools of Mississippi Manual.

    Any student with a significant cognitive disability who completes the minimum graduation requirements as specified below and has achieved a score (to be determined) or higher on each of the required high school alternate assessments is eligible to receive an Alternate Diploma. The local school district may establish additional local requirements approved by the local school board as authorized under Miss. Code Ann. § 37- 16-7.’

     

    CURRICULUM AREA

    CARNEGIE UNITS

    REQUIRED SUBJECT

    ENGLISH

     

    4

    Alternate English I-IV

    MATHEMATICS

     

    4

    Alternate Math I-III,

    Alternate Algebra

    SCIENCE

     

    2

    Alternate Biology

    Alternate Science II

    SOCIAL STUDIES

     

    2

    Alternate History

    Alternate Social Studies

     

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    ½

    ½ Physical Education

    HEALTH

    ½

    Alternative Health

    CAREER READINESS

    4

    Career Readiness I – IV

    LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

    4

    Life Skills Development I – IV

    THE ARTS

    1

     

    ELECTIVES

    2

     

    TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED

    24

     

     

    Note:  Specific details for approved classes under graduation requirements for each type of diploma can be found in the appendices (A-6 through A-10) of the Mississippi Public Accountability Standards, 2018.


     

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    STANDARD 14
    Certificate of Completion Note: This option may be offered by districts for incoming freshmen beginning in school year 2018-2019.

     

    A Certificate of Completion is not a high school diploma or an Alternate Diploma, but rather an acknowledgment of the student’s participation in and completion of his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion must fall into one (1) the following categories:

     

    1. Students without a Significant Cognitive Disability at the end of 8th grade who:
    •  Are 16 years old or older; AND
    • At least 3 or more grade levels below their peers in reading and math; AND
    • Have a signed statement from the parent that they understand that the Certificate of Completion is not a standard diploma and will not meet the requirements for entry into any career or post-secondary opportunity that requires a diploma.

     

    1. Students with a Significant Cognitive Disability at the end of 8th grade who:
    •  Have extremely limited or no receptive and expressive communication skills AND
    • Have a signed statement from the parent that they understand that the Certificate of Completion is not a standard diploma and will not meet the requirements for entry into any career or post-secondary opportunity that requires a diploma.

     

    1. Students with or without a Significant Cognitive Disability at the end of their third school year of high school (6 semesters) who:
    •  Have not earned at minimum of 3 English credits, 3 math credits, 2 science credits, 2 social studies credits, and 5 electives; AND
    • Have a signed statement from the parent and student that they do not wish for the student to be given services through age 20 and understand that the Certificate of Completion is not a standard diploma and will not meet the requirements for entry into any career or post-secondary opportunity that requires a diploma; AND
    • Have evidence of 3 or more years of intensive intervention to earn Carnegie Unit bearing courses (Or Alternate Diploma Course Credits for students with a Significant Cognitive Disability). Evidence could include, but is not limited to:
      • Progress monitoring data from reading intervention programs or math intervention programs o Documentation of accommodations and modifications provided in the general education courses and assessments
      • Course schedules outlining dedicated time for intervention.

     

    The student’s IEP committee determines the course of study for the Certificate of Completion. Areas of instruction should be developed based on the needs of the individual student. Coursework could include, as appropriate for the student:

    •  Intensive remediation in deficit area skills
    • Career preparation courses
    • Life skills courses Students earning the certificate of completion must have completed at least four years of high school or be at least 19 years of age at the time of graduation. All students are required to participate in the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program.