High School Graduation Requirements
(1) Math courses shall consist of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II (or its equivalent) and an additional course with significant math content as determined by district governing boards or charter schools. Students who have not earned formal credit in Algebra I and Geometry but who have covered the course content described in State Board of Education administrative rule are deemed to have met the requirement for graduation.
(2) The Algebra II requirement may be modified using a Personal Curriculum as outlined in R7-2-302.03. For questions specific to the Personal Curriculum, please contact either Suzi.Mast@azed.gov or Frankie.Sullivan@azed.gov .
(3) Three credits of science in preparation for proficiency at the high school level on the Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test.
(4) Social Studies shall consist of one credit of American History, one credit of World History/Geography, one-half credit of government and one-half credit of economics.
For more detailed information and to view the complete requirements as outlined in State Board of Education administrative rule, please click here .
As of February 20, 2015, passing AIMS Reading, Writing and Mathematics is no longer required for graduation from high school. Click here for additional guidance distributed to schools on February 23, 2015.
Transitioning to AzMERIT
Beginning in Spring 2015, students will take a new state exam, AzMERIT. Passing AzMERIT is not a state requirement for graduation. However, local schools may choose to develop their own academic requirements related to the AzMERIT assessment.
In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064). This bill will require students, beginning with the graduating class of 2017, to pass a civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions. Students will be required to score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency certificate. As a courtesy, the Arizona Department of Education, with help from the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and Arizona educators, has developed a mostly multiple choice version of the required test.
Civics Test and Administration Manual
Transfer of High School Credits
From a School District or Charter School to another School District or Charter School
When a student who was previously enrolled in a charter school or school district enrolls in any other charter school or school
district, the accepting school must accept credits earned by the pupil in courses or instructional programs offered at the school. However, the governing board of a school district or charter school can adopt a policy for determining whether a credit previously earned by a student will be assigned as an elective or core credit.
Upon enrollment at a new school, students are to be provided with a list that indicates which credits have been accepted as elective credits and which credits have been accepted as core credits. Within ten school days after receiving the list, a student can request to take an exam (which is to be designed and evaluated by a teacher who teaches the subject matter on which the exam is based) in each course in which core credit has been denied. The school must accept the credit in question as a core credit for each course in which the student receives a passing score on the exam designed for that subject.
From a Private School to a School District
Students transferring from a private school to a school district are to be provided with a list of credits that have been accepted and denied by the school district. A student can then request to take an exam (which is to be designed and evaluated by a teacher who teaches the subject matter on which the exam is based) in each course in which credit has been denied. The school district must accept the credit for each course in which the student receives a passing score on such an exam.
In addition to the above requirements, the governing board of a school district can prescribe requirements for the acceptance of credits of students who transfer from a private school.
If you have any questions about the transfer of high school credits from one school to another, please contact us by e-mail at HighSchoolGraduation@azed.gov .
Move On When Ready / Grand Canyon Diploma
The Move On When Ready program offers students the opportunity to advance through high school at their own pace based on their mastery of curriculum. A key feature of the model provided for in Arizona law is the Grand Canyon Diploma, a performance-based diploma available to students in schools that are participating in the program on a voluntary basis.
Grand Canyon Diploma Qualification RequirementsSource: www.azed.gov