Become a High School Graduate in Georgia: Program Descriptions

High school graduation requirements in Georgia include completing a set number of credits in core and elective courses. This article details the requirements that Georgia students must fulfill to graduate from high school.

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High School Graduation Requirements in Georgia

The basic requirement for high school graduation in Georgia is completing four years of secondary school with passing grades. Typical high school courses that residents must take include English, social studies, science, physical education, electives and math.

Current State Rules

The Georgia Department of Education passed a new set of graduation requirements that went into effect for students who were in the ninth grade during the 2008-2009 school year. The new rules eliminated Georgia's tier system as it pertained to high school diplomas.

Georgia now institutes a single set of requirements for all students, regardless of their postsecondary plans. The course offerings include advanced placement courses, postsecondary options and career-oriented courses. The new requirements are designed to provide all students with the same quality education, regardless of their plans after graduation. In addition to the minimum requirements for graduation, local school boards are allowed to set additional criteria.

Subjects of Required Study

All students who wish to graduate from a Georgia high school must complete a total of 23 units. Students planning on entering the University of Georgia system are required to take two sequential units of the same foreign language for acceptance, even though state graduation requirements give students the option of pursuing fine arts instead of a language to meet that 3-unit career/language/fine art requirement. The state curriculum's intention is to help students graduate from high school with the knowledge they need to be successful in both college and the workplace. The 23-unit high school course graduation requirements are as follows:

  • English: four units
  • Science: four units
  • Mathematics: four units
  • Social studies: three units
  • CTAE*/Foreign language/fine arts: three units
  • Electives: four units
  • Physical education and health: one unit

(*CTAE: Career, Technical and Agricultural Education)

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