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Earning a Florida High School Diploma
Florida offers two options for earning a high school diploma or credential if an individual did not complete a standard secondary education program: the General Educational Development (GED) credential and an adult high school diploma. Florida's Department of Education also offers other adult education programs that can teach basic skills and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). All adult education programs are open to individuals who are 16 years of age or older and have not received their diploma from a traditional secondary school.
High School Graduation Requirements
Secondary school students in Florida must earn four credits of English, four credits of math, three credits of science and three credits of social science to meet minimum graduation requirements. Depending on their program, students might also need to take electives, vocational applications, fine arts courses or foreign language studies. Before receiving their diplomas, students must pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 2.0, which tests reading, math and science skills. Additional information on the requirements for each of these options can be found on the Florida Department of Education's website (www.fldoe.org).
Adult High School
Adult high school programs are offered through Florida's state, community and technical colleges. Most of these adult high school programs are available to adults who left the secondary school system; however, enrolled high schoolers who are in need of additional credits for graduation may apply to these programs, although most programs request a referral from the current school and may limit the number of credits a regular high schooler can earn through the program.
Adult high school programs typically require students to earn 24 credits, which is also usually the number of credits needed for a standard high school diploma. Adult learners are further required to pass the FCAT 2.0. Some schools offer a dual-enrollment program, where students can earn both high school and college credits at once. Students can often take evening classes to help balance their work schedules. For additional information on these programs, contact your nearest Florida community college.