What is a Core class?
A core class is any English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language
Note: Foreign Language is not a graduation requirement, but is viewed favorably (and as a core class) by colleges. Note, there is a foreign language requirement for the honors diploma tracks.
Is foreign language required to graduate?
No, you do not necessarily need to take foreign language classes to graduate. That said, they are viewed favorably by colleges and some schools may require a certain level. It is also a component of the Ohio Diploma with Honors.
Do students have to take the End of Course exams if they meet another pathway?
Yes, students must take all seven of the end of course exams.
Exceptions may exist for students moving into the district after completing certain courses. There also might be special education considerations that determine which exams may be required to take.
Can an Advanced Placement course replace an End of Course exam?
Students can use an exam score from AP US History, AP Government or AP Biology.
Note: Since Biology is a prerequisite course for AP Biology, students will have already
taken the biology End of Course exam prior to the AP Biology exam.
Can students earn more than one type of Honors Diploma?
Students may meet the criteria for more than one Honors Diploma type, but will only be recognized in one category. Students are encouraged to meet with the counselor to determine which path is best for them.
Do students need to meet all criteria of a particular honors diploma?
There are a variety of Honors Diploma options. In each case, students may waive one of the criteria listed.
Do colleges consider the honors diploma?
Yes AND No. Colleges do not receive any notification of the honors diploma. Keep in mind though, the honors diploma criteria mirror the college admissions standards. So what you do to earn an honors diploma can be viewed favorably by college admissions.
Does the Social Science Honors Diploma require a field experience and/or portfolio?
Yes, the 2019-2020 Course Selection Handbook has a typo and it should say “yes” for both of these criteria.
Do students have to take Honors courses to qualify for an Ohio Diploma with Honors?
No, despite sharing the name, “honors”, students do not have to take any honors courses to qualify for the Ohio Diploma with Honors.