• EARNING AN OHIO HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA-Classes of 2018 and beyond
     
     
     MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
     
    HCSD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:  Twenty-one (21) credits which must include the following:
     
     English
     4 credits
    1/2 Literature required senior year
     Mathematics 4 credits
    Must include 1 credit in Algebra II
     Social Studies
     3 credits
    Must include 1 credit U.S. History, 1 World History, and 1/2 U.S. Govt.
     Science 3 credits
    3 years of "lab" science:  Including Physical Science, Biology and advanced study in one or more of the following: Chemistry, Physics or other physical science; advanced biology or other life science; physical geology or other earth or space science.
     Physical Education
     1/2 credit
    PE 9 (Foundations of PE) is required, plus one more PE elective
     Health*
     1/2 credit
     
     Visual/Performing/Applied Arts
     1 credit
    All students must complete at least two semesters of fine arts taken any time in grades 7-12.
     Computer Science
     1/2 credit
     
     Additional Courses
     5 credits
    Combination of 5 units of electives from:  World Language, Fine Arts, Business & Computer Science, Technology, and/or Career-Technical.
     Instruction in economics/financial literacy**
      
     Total: 21 credits
     
     
     *Recommended for freshman year.
    **HHS presents several options to integrate the economics/financial literacy requirement of the Ohio Core:  Business Essentials or Integrated Computer Applications (Business & Computer Science Dept.), Transitions or Independent Living (Family & Consumer Sciences Dept.), AP Economics or a complete a Financial Literacy packet and take the exam.  Contact your school counselor for the packet.
     
     
    RECOMMENDED COURSES OF STUDY FOR THE COLLEGE BOUND
     
     
     
      
    Core Curriculum recommended by the Ohio Board of Regents for State Universities in Ohio
        
    Enriched Curriculum
    English
    4 credits

     9, 10, 11, 12

    Honors English 9, Honors English 10, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature
    Math
    4 credits

    Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

    Algebra (Middle School), Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, or AP Statistics
    Social Studies
    3 credits

    Western Civilizations or Eastern Civilizations, U.S. History, U.S. Govt., plus one of: Economics, Social Psychology, or Sociology

    Honors U.S. History, Honors World History, AP U.S. History, AP European History, AP U.S. Government
    Science
    3 credits

    Biology plus one of: Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, plus one additional course

    Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or AP Physics (B or A/C)
    World Language
    2 credits

    2 years of one language: ASL, French, German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish

    4 years of one language or combination of two of one language plus two years of a second language
    Visual/Performing Arts
    1 credit

    Art, Graphics, Music, Photography

     
     
     
    MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
     
    Ohio House Bill 487 recently established new requirements for earning a high school diploma in Ohio.  This is the most current language we have available at the time of printing this document. . .thank you for your patience as we waited for the new graduation law to come out of the Ohio General Assembly.  Here is a summary:
    • Students in the classes of 2014 - 2017 and those who are repeating ninth grade this school year will continue to operate under their original graduation requirements.  To earn an Ohio high school diploma, these students must meet both the course and testing requirements identified by the State of Ohio.  Students must earn 20 credits in required courses.  Additionally, they must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy as well as fine arts.  Students must take the required Ohio Graduation Tests (OGTs).
    •  The new graduation requirements take effect with the class of 2018 - students who are entering ninth grade for the first time in the 2014-15 school year.  A summary of the new requirements is provided below.

    Required Courses

    ·         The new requirements did not change the current courses or number of course credits that students must complete to be eligible for graduation. In addition, the Hudson City Schools Board of Education has imposed its own set of requirements—those are listed on the following page.

    Assessments

    ·      In addition to course credits, students must earn points toward graduation on seven end-of-course exams. These exams will replace the Ohio Graduation Tests.

    ·      The courses in which students take an end-of-course exam will be: English I and II, Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I and II, Physical Science, American History and American Government. Beginning in 2015-16 districts may have the option to use the state end-of-course exams to replace their current course final exams and use the state’s test as part of the class grade. This will help avoid double testing in future years. 

    ·         Students can earn from 1-5 points for each exam, based on their performance.

    5 – Advanced
    4 – Accelerated
    3 – Proficient
    2 – Basic
    1 – Limited

    ·        Students who take Physical Science, American History or American Government as part of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college dual credit programs can use their scores from the programs’ end-of-course exams in place of the state end-of-course exam scores to accumulate graduation points.

    ·        A student who earned high school credit in any of the above courses before July 1, 2014, automatically will receive a score of three points per course exam toward the total points needed for graduation. Middle school students this year who take one of these courses for high school credit must take the corresponding state end-of-course exam in in the 2014-15 school year.

    Graduation Points

    ·        The State Board of Education has not yet approved the minimum number of points a student must accumulate to become eligible for a high school diploma. However, the Board’s Graduation Requirements Committee will propose 18 points as the minimum for graduation eligibility. Of those points, students must earn a minimum of four total points across the English end-of-course exams, four total points across the math exams, and six total points across the science and social studies exams.

    More Flexibility for Students and Families

    ·       Students who do not earn the required number of graduation points can still meet the requirements for a diploma if they earn a remediation-free score on a national college admission test.

    ·      Students also can qualify for graduation by earning an approved industry-recognized credential and achieving a workforce-readiness score on a related job skills assessment. The selection of those assessments is in progress.

    American History and Government

    ·         In 2013, Ohio implemented interim end-of-course exams in American history and government to align with state standards that incorporate the teaching of historic documents. Those tests will be replaced in the spring of 2015 with new end-of-course exams. However, students who are on block schedules or are taking semester-length classes may take the existing interim exams this fall. Next fall, such students would take the new end-of-course exams in American History and American Government.

    ·         Please note that students who are still subject to passing the OGT must take those exams in addition to the end-of-course tests in American History and Government. 

     

    GRADUATION PROGRAM DESIGNATIONS*

    State of Ohio Honors Diploma

                Seniors are identified in the program and an Honors Diploma seal is placed on the diploma.

    Honors Distinction

    1) Seniors with an earned cumulative grade point of 3.500 and higher at the seventh semester wear gold cords and are identified in the program.

    2) Seniors with an earned cumulative grade point of 3.500 and higher at the eighth semester wear gold cords but are not identified in the graduation program.

    Marion Albee Character Award

                Seniors who demonstrate outstanding character

    Merit Roll

    Seniors with an earned cumulative grade point between 3.000-3.499 at the seventh semester are identified in the program.

    National Honor Society

                Members are identified in the program and wear gold tassels.

    National Art Honor Society

                Members are identified in the program and wear rainbow tassels and rainbow cords.

    International Honor Thespian

                Members are identified in the program and wear blue and gold cords.

    Career Passport

    Career Education seniors who have completed the Career Passport requirements of the State of Ohio are identified in the program.

    3-Year Grad

                Graduates in 3 years

    Cum Laude, Suma Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude

    These honors replace Valedictorian and Salutatorian beginning with the Class of 2015.

    •  Greater than 4.33 = Summa
    • Between 4.0 and 4.33 = Magna
    • Above 3.67 but less than 4.0 = Cum Laude

    *Note: At least half of a student’s Earned Credit must be “graded” (letter grade vs. S/U) for that student to be considered for any GPA associated awards or recognition of the graduating class (i.e.: Top 10%, Cum Laude, etc.)