Graduation Requirements

Students in Louisiana can pursue two types of high school diploma, a College and Career Diploma or a Career Diploma. With a College and Career Diploma, students can opt for one of two courses of study – the more rigorous LA Core 4 or the Basic Core. Students can also earn an Academic Endorsement or a Career/Technical Endorsement.

High School Student Planning Guidebook

  • Jump Start TOPS Tech (Career Diploma) Requirements
  • TOPS University Diploma Requirements

Course Equivalents, course Codes, and Weighted GPA Designation

 Students with disabilities can also earn a Certificate of Achievement.

Diploma Requirements

Subject

Credits for
LA Core 4

Credits for
Basic Core

Credits for Career Diploma

English

4

Math

4

Physical Education

1.5

Health

.5

Science

4

3

3

Social Studies

4

3

3

Foreign Language

2

-

-

Arts

1

-

-

Electives

3

8*

7**

Total

24

24

23

*Students who pursue a Basic Core course of study must complete six credits in career area of concentration.

**Students who pursue a Career Diploma must complete seven credits in career area of concentration.


Fourth Grade Promotion

Students who do not meet the requirements to be promoted to the fifth grade may participate in a Fourth Grade Transitional Program, which combines remedial fourth-grade course work with regular fifth grade course work.  

To participate in the program, students must score Approaching Basic in both English language arts and mathematics on either the spring or summer LEAP test,

  • Participate in a summer remediation program and take the summer retest of LEAP, and

  • Meet all other district requirements for promotion, such as attendance guidelines. 

Upon completion of the fourth grade transitional program, students retake the fourth grade LEAP and may be promoted to the sixth grade if they score a minimum of Basic or above in either English language arts or mathematics and Approaching Basic in the other subject AND at least Approaching Basic in both science and social studies on the fourth grade LEAP, in addition to meeting all other district promotion requirements.


Pupil Progression Plan

 Pupil Progression Plans are the policies and guidelines local school districts use to determine whether students will be promoted to the next grade, retained in the current grade, or advanced (or skipped) to higher grades. The Pupil Progression Plans also outline the criteria for high school graduation.

The State Education Agency is required to develop a Pupil Progression Plan for review. Each agency may have slightly different procedures related to retention, advancement, promotion, and graduation.

In addition to State Education Agency policies, the plans also include state guidelines and requirements, which all State Education Agencies must follow, such as the policy that requires fourth- and eighth-grade students to pass the LEAP exam in order to be promoted to the next grade.

Current & Archived Pupil Progression Plans for Special School District: