Planning the High School Years to Maximize Options
Students typically begin planning their high school schedules during 8th grade. Since each year builds upon the one before it, it is wise to understand the diploma options offered by the State of Indiana to students graduating from high school. Each involves certain educational requirements which can lead to unique options after high school.
Currently, Indiana sophomores, juniors, and seniors have three diploma options to choose from:
Current Core 40 Diploma Requirements
1 CORE 40 is considered the minimum college-prep curriculum and will be required for graduation. The total number of credits in the areas of foreign language, fine arts and career/technical program combined must equal a minimum of 5 credits.
2 For Core 40 with Technical Honors or Core 40 with Academic Honors students must complete all of the Core 40 requirements, earn a grade of "C" or above in courses that will count toward the diploma and must have a cumulative GPA or "B" or above.
3 For Core 40 with Technical Honors students must complete a career-technical program (related sequence of 8-10 credits) and also complete the necessary state recognized certification requirements which includes two of the following - one of which must be a) or b) below:
4 For Core 40 with Academic Honors students must also complete one of the following:
5 Must include 6 credits in a career academic sequence, 5 flex credits and 6 general electives.Note: Specific courses are required to obtain the necessary credits in several of the categories listed above. For more information on these diplomas and the specific courses required, visit the Core 40 section of the Indiana Department of Education's website at: http://www.doe.state.in.us/core40/welcome.html.
Typically, students should expect to see a relationship between the diploma they receive and the types of colleges where they would be a good candidate for admission. Naturally, there are no “guarantees” that a student will be admitted based strictly on the type of diploma s/he receives, but generally speaking, obtaining a certain type of diploma will open up certain options.
Note: The term “selective” refers to a college's admission standards and the level of difficulty associated with being admitted.
*Some colleges and universities and/or specific university programs focused on the mastery and application of specific skills may place greater value on the associated requirements of the Core 40 with technical honors diploma than the standard Core 40 diploma. Contact the institutions you are considering for more information on how the various diploma types may affect the likelihood of admittance to these institutions/programs.
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