Core 40

Graduation Diploma Options

8 Credits
Credits must include literature, composition, and speech
Mathematics 6 Credits
2 credits: Algebra I
2 credits: Geometry
2 credits: Algebra II
Or complete Integrated Math series I, II, and III for 6 credits.
All students are required to take a math or physics course during their junior or senior year.
Science 6 Credits
2 credits: Biology I
2 credits: Chemistry I or Physics I or
Integrated ChemistryPhysics
2 credits: any Core 40 science course
6 Credits
2 credits: U.S. History
1 credit: U.S. Government
1 credit: Economics
2 credits: World History/Civilization or
Geography/History of the World
Technology 2 Credits
1 Computer Applications
1 Technology Elective
5 Credits
World Languages
Fine Arts
2 Credits
Health and
1 Credit
Electives* 9 Credits
45 Total Credits Required

Core 40 With Academic Honors

For the Core 40 with Academic honors diploma, students must:
• Complete all requirements for Core 40.
• Earn 2 additional Core 40 math credits.
• Earn 6-8 Core 40 world language credits (6 credits in one language or 4 credits each in two languages).
• Earn 2 Core 40 fine arts credits.
• Earn a grade of a “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma.
• Have a grade point average of a “B” or better.
• Complete one of the following:
A. Complete AP courses (4 credits) and corresponding AP exams.
B. Complete IB courses (4 credits) and corresponding IB exams.
C. Earn a combined score of 1200 or higher on the SAT critical reading and mathematics.
D. Score a 26 or higher composite on the ACT.
E. Complete dual high school/college credit courses from an accredited postsecondary institution (6 transferable college credits)
F. Complete a combination of an AP course (2 credits and corresponding exam) or an IB Standard Level course (2 credits and corresponding exam) and dual high school/college credit course(s) from an accredited postsecondary instition (3 transferable college credits).

Core 40 With Technical Honors

(minimum 47 credits)

For the Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma, students must:
• Complete all requirements for Core 40.
• Complete a career-technical program (8 or more related credits)
• Earn a grade of “C” or better in courses that will count toward the diploma.
• Have a grade point average of a “B” or better.
• Recommended: Earn 2 additional credits in mathematics and 4-8 credits in World Languages for four year college admission.
• Complete two of the following, one must be A or B:
A. Score at or above the following levels on WorkKeys: Reading for Information – Level 6; Applied Mathematics – Level 6; Locating Information – Level 5
B. Complete dual high school/college credit courses in a technical area (6 college credits)
C. Complete a Professional Career Internship course or Cooperative Education course (2 credits)
D. Complete an industry-based work experience as part of a two-year career-technical education program (minimum 140 hours)
E. Earn a state-approved, industry-recognized certification

Dual Credit in Indiana

  • Dual credit is the term given to courses in which high school students have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits. Dual credit courses are taught by regular high school faculty or by regular or adjunct college faculty either at the high school, at the college or university, or sometimes through online courses or distance education. Dual credit is offered by both state and independent (private, regionally accredited) colleges and universities.
    • In general, concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment and double up all refer to dual credits. Students concurrently enroll in a course that result in both high school and college credits. Double up refers to the Double Up for College law which is one of the ways to earn dual credit (see more at Dual Credit Frequently Asked Questions).
  • Every college or university has an individual responsible for dual credit arrangements. These “dual credit agreements” explain all aspects of the arrangement including instructor requirements, how credits will be awarded, course specifications, and other aspects.
  • Depending on the dual credit course and grade, completion of dual credits is often an indication of a high school student’s motivation and academic interest in college. Many colleges look favorably upon dual credits when considering students for admission or for advanced academic standing.