Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirements for the classes of 2018 and beyond include curriculum and three options to show readiness for next steps in college and careers.

Earn 21 total credits

The following is the list of minimum graduation requirements that have been mandated by the State of Ohio Department of Education and/or Marion City Schools board of Education. These standards are firm and cannot be compromised in any way.

21 total credits are required and must be earned in the following areas:

English/Language Arts, 4 credits

Health, 1/2 credit

Mathematics, 4 credits

Required: Algebra I, Geometry

Recommended: Algebra II, Fourth math elective

Physical education, 1/2 credit

Students who complete two full seasons of athletics, band, color guard or cheerleading, or four semesters of JROTC, are exempt from the physical education requirement.

Science, three credits

Required: 1 unit of physical science, 1 unit of life science, 1 unit of advanced science elective

Social studies, 3 credits

Required: 1 unit of American History, 1 unit of American Government (includes instruction in financial literacy), 1 unit of Social Studies elective. Beginning with the class of 2021, 1/2 unit of World History will be required as part of the 3 total credits.

Fine Arts, 2 semesters

Fine Arts may include any visual or performing art such as art, ceramics, digital art, band, orchestra or choir and may be earned anytime in grades 7-12. Students who complete one year of a Career Technical pathway may be exempted from the fine arts requirement.

Electives, 6 credits (including Fine Arts requirement)

Elective credits include any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education, English/language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required. College-bound students are recommended to take 3 credits of the same foreign language or 2 credits of 2 different languages.

And meet one of the following three options:

(CLASSES OF 2018 and 2019 ONLY - Please see two additional options at the bottom of this page.)

Ohio’s State Tests

Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using seven end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies.

All students will be required to take end-of-course exams for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History, American Government, English (ELA) 1, English (ELA) 2.

Industry credential and workforce readiness

Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The state of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment.

For more information: Industry-Recognized Credentials and WorkKeysCollege and career readiness tests

Students earn “remediation-free” scores in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take either the ACT or SAT free of charge. The student’s district selection applies to all schools in the district for one school year. Test selection may change from one school year to the next.

For more information: College and Career Readiness Test

Additional options for Class of 2018 and 2019

The two additional graduation options are:


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, students must meet at least two of the below requirements:

  • Attendance rate of 93 percent during the 12th grade year;
  • Earn a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all courses completed during 12th grade (must complete at least four full-year courses);
  • Complete a capstone project during 12th grade that the district or school defines;
  • During 12th grade, complete a work or community service experience totaling 120 hours that the district or school defines;
  • Earn three or more College Credit Plus credits at any time during high school;
  • Earn credit for an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate 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.


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.