Academic Requirements for Diploma


  • Successful completion of 16 credits including required courses
  • Two semester majors = 1.0 credit; minors = .25 credit; and one-semester majors = .5 credit
  • Transfer credits require approval of the Academic Dean
  • Repeated courses do not earn a new diploma credit but do count in the credit load for the semester or year

Distribution Requirements:

  • English - Courses 11-12, 21-22, 31-32, 33-34, or AS 31-32, and one in each semester from the 40s series or 51-52
  • Mathematics - Courses 11-12, 21-22, and 31-32 or 35-36 or 39-40
  • Social Students - U.S. History and a two-semester course prior to U.S. History
  • Foreign Languages - Courses in 11-12, 21-22 and a third year in any one language. 
  • Science - 3 years of science, two of which must be year-long courses, including at least one biological and one physical science; also SC10 Life Skills, when entering 9th or 10th grade.
  • Fine Arts - Introduction to the Fine Arts in 9th grade; thereafter, one course in art, ceramics, music, photography, drama/theater or computer art

Minimal Credit Load Per Year:

  • 9th grade - 5.5 credits
  • 10th grade - 5.25 credits
  • 11th grade - 5.0 credits
  • 12th grade - 5.0 credits

Humanities, Community Service & Afternoon Program Requirements:

  • The Humanities Program requirement, the Community Service Requirement and the Afternoon Program requirement are part of the requirements for graduation.
  • Students are required to attend one on-campus, one off-campus humanities performance, and one museum trip each year that they attend the Academy.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service. Students may do community service as an afternoon program commitment or they may create a community service project and perform the service over vacations. In the latter case, students must provide adequate documentation of their work. Students may also earn community service credit by volunteering to help with the Special Olympics tournament hosted by The Governor's Academy in both their junior and senior years.
  • Students are required to participate in some offering of the afternoon program every season during which they attend the Academy.

Other Requirements:

  • Programs for grades 10, 11 and 12 must include at least four major courses in each semester. The 9th grade program is fixed at five major courses and one minor course.
  • Seniors must pass all two-semester courses regardless of total credits accumulated prior to the 12th grade, and may not fail a course in the second semester.
  • In two-semester courses, a failure in the first semester can be made up by second semester achievement judged sufficient by the teacher to pass the year.
  • Students may not drop-without-penalty, change or add courses after the semester drop-add deadline.
  • Two-semester courses may not be discontinued at midyear, and no two-semester course may be changed beyond the first semester drop-add deadline. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be made in writing to the department head and Academic Dean. In all cases, the Academy reserves the right to determine appropriate placement.
  • Any student not meeting minimal academic achievement standards as outline in the student rule book is subject to Academic Probation. Failure to meet the terms of Academic Probation or the terms of summer make-up work will render the student liable to dismissal from the Academy.


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