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 Georgia Department of Education has a single set of requirements for all students. The 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 also need to make sure they have two units of the same foreign language (or sign language) or 2 units of computer science for acceptance, even though state graduation requirements give students the option of completing fine arts courses to meet the 3-unit career/language/fine arts 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/Language arts: 4 units
  • Science: 4 units
  • Mathematics: 4 units
  • Social studies: 3 units
  • CTAE* and/or foreign language and/or fine arts: 3 units
  • Electives: 4 units
  • Physical education and health: 1 unit

(*CTAE: Career, Technical and Agricultural Education)

Why Get a High School Diploma in Georgia?

A high school diploma can start students on the path for increased wages and career potential - as well as prepares them for college-level study. According to 2017 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a high school diploma earned a median salary that was nearly $200 more than those who did not graduate high school.

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