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Oklahoma High School Diploma Information and Requirements

Each state has its own requirements for graduating from high school. This article details what is required of students who wish to graduate from high school in Oklahoma. View article »

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  • 0:03 HS Grad Requirements in OK
  • 0:28 Subject Area Requirements
  • 2:10 Testing Requirement

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HS Grad Requirements in OK

To graduate from high school in Oklahoma, students can expect to complete coursework in English, math, history, science, and the arts; however, requirements can change based on the school district. In some locations in Oklahoma, more than the state-mandated minimum of 23 credits may be required for graduation, so students should check with their individual school districts.

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Subject Area Requirements

Let's take a look at the subject area requirements for a high school diploma in Oklahoma:

English

Students have to complete four years of English. These courses may include topics in American, English, and world literature; composition; and grammar.

Science

Students must complete at least three years of laboratory science classes. The subjects studied may include topics in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, physical science, technology, and zoology. Within these subjects, students may have to take both an introductory and an advanced course.

Mathematics

Students have to complete three years of math in order to graduate from high school in Oklahoma. To fulfill the requirements, students can take classes in algebra, calculus, geometry, math analysis, statistics, and trigonometry.

Citizenship and History

As with the math and science requirements, students must complete three years of history-related coursework. Courses typically include U.S. and world history, U.S. government, economics, and geography.

Fine Arts or Speech

One unit of fine arts or speech is required to earn an Oklahoma high school diploma. Depending on the school's offerings, fulfillment of the fine arts component might consist of classes in art, drama, or music.

Computer Technology or Foreign Language

Students have the choice of studying the same foreign or non-English language for two years. If they do not wish to study a foreign language, they must take two years of computer technology courses.

Testing Requirements

Earning an Oklahoma high school diploma also requires passing certain testing prerequisites. All students must take exams in English II and Algebra I. Additionally, individuals must take tests from two of the following areas:

  • Algebra II
  • Biology I
  • English III
  • Geometry
  • U.S. History

Let's review. To earn a high school diploma in Oklahoma, students must complete a minimum of 23 credits in English, citizenship and history, fine arts or speech, computer technology or foreign language, math, and science. Additionally, students must take exams in English II and Algebra I and additional tests in two subject areas.

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