Graduation Requirements

Temple Christian School is committed to helping students succeed in the classroom and beyond. Recent changes in state law introduced new graduation requirements for students in the classes of 2021 and beyond.

The changes are staged in three areas:

  • Cover the Basics - TCS requires 24 credits - includes 4 years of Bible;
  • Show Competency - earn points on state tests or show college and career preparedness;
  • Demonstrate Readiness - choose a Pathway and earn Seals that allow students to demonstrate one or more of the following: academic and technical knowledge, professional skills, social and emotional competencies, or learner and reasoning skills.

To effectively communicate the graduation pathways for students and families, Temple Christian School is developing clear communication tools. We want to ensure all students and families understand the state graduation requirements and the various options. In the coming months, we will communicate progress for each student toward the pathway that will allow him/her to successfully complete graduation  requirements.

More information can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website.

In order to provide clarity to students and parents on the graduation requirements, click on a tab below corresponding to the appropriate graduating class of your child:


Class of 2020 Graduation Requirements

As a student who entered grade 9 between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, you have multiple pathways to earn a high school diploma so that you can move on to your next steps in education or a career.

  1. You must complete and earn a state minimum of 20 credits in specific subjects. Additionally, you must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy and complete at least two semesters of fine arts. Your school counselor has this information.
  2. You must demonstrate what you have learned. There are three pathways in Ohio law.

    Ohio’s State Tests
    Earn 18 out of 35 points on seven end-of-course state tests. You can earn up to five points on each test. You need a minimum of four points in math, four points in English language arts and six points across science and social studies.

    Industry-recognized credential and score on workforce readiness test 
    Earn an industry-recognized credential or a group of credentials totaling 12 points and earn the required score on the WorkKeys test. Ohio pays for you to take the test one time. Some districts offer the Senior Only program through which you can earn credentials in one school year.

    College and career readiness tests 
    Earn remediation-free scores* in math and English language arts on the ACT or SAT. Your district chooses either the ACT or SAT. You will take a one-time statewide spring test in grade 11 for free. - Ohio’s university presidents set these scores, which are subject to change.

Students who entered grade 9 after July 1, 2014, are the first to earn diplomas under the new graduation requirements. In addition to satisfying the high school curriculum requirements, students in Ohio must meet one of three existing pathways to earn a high school diploma. 

Recent legislation extended additional graduation options to the class of 2020, as provided below.

The Department expects most students will meet one of the three existing pathways, and districts should continue to work with students, as appropriate, to meet these requirements. These options provide an opportunity for students who do not otherwise meet one of the three existing pathways to graduation to earn a diploma. 

The two additional graduation options for the class of 2020 are:

  • Option 1
    • Students entering grade 9 between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, are eligible to utilize the modified graduation options below. Students must take and pass courses that constitute the curriculum requirements and take all seven end-of-course exams. If the student receives a score of “1” or “2” on any math or English language arts test, the student must retake the test at least once. 
    • Additionally, you must meet at least two of the below requirements:
      • Earn a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all courses completed during the 11th and 12th grades (must complete at least four full-year – or equivalent – courses in each year);
      • Complete a capstone project during 12th grade;
      • During 12th grade, complete a work or community service experience totaling 120 hours;
      • Earn three or more College Credit Plus credits at any time during high school;
      • Earn credit for an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) course and earn an AP exam score of 3 or higher or IB exam score of 4 or higher at any time during high school;
      • Earn a WorkKeys exam score of 3 on each of three test sections;
      • Earn a State Board-approved industry-recognized credential or credentials that equal at least three points;
      • Meet OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal requirements.
  • Option 2
    • Earn a total score of Proficient or better based on all career-technical exams or test modules;
    • Earn an industry-recognized credential or credentials that equal 12 points;
    • Complete a workplace experience totaling 250 hours with evidence of positive evaluations.
    • Students must take and pass courses that constitute the curriculum requirements and take all seven end-of-course exams. Students must finish a career-technical program that includes at least four courses in a single career pathway and complete at least one of the options below:
      • Earn a total score of Proficient or better based on all career-technical exams or test modules;
      • Earn an industry-recognized credential or credentials that equal 12 points;
      • Complete a workplace experience totaling 250 hours with evidence of positive evaluations.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your child’s graduation status and plan, please contact his/her school counselor.

Class of 2021 & 2022 Graduation Requirements

As a student entering ninth grade between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019, Ohio’s new high school graduation requirements give you more flexibility to choose a graduation pathway that builds on your strengths and passions – one that ensures you are ready for your next steps and excited about the future.

Graduation Requirements 2021

Class of 2023 & Beyond Graduation Requirements

As a student entering ninth grade on or after July 1, 2019, Ohio’s new high school graduation requirements give you more flexibility to choose a graduation pathway that builds on your strengths and passions – one that ensures you are ready for your next steps and excited about the future.

Graduation Requirements 2023