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

At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, local school districts will determine promotion policy for students in grades 4 and 8 based on the requirements that are outlined in their pupil progression plans. Promotion decisions shall be based on results from classroom assignments, benchmark assessments, and other measures of student performance selected by the local school district. 


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: