State Requirements for High School Graduation

State Requirements for High School Graduation         

(as referenced on page 16 of Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education, by Susan Wise Bauer)

As you plan out your child’s high school curriculum, remember four things:

  1.  High school graduation requirements are state-mandated. There are no national high school graduation requirements.
  2. They’re constantly changing.
  3. They don’t actually apply to home educators.  Or private schools, unless those schools are pursuing state accreditation, which many don’t bother to do. (For more on this, see Chapter Two of my book Rethinking School.)
  4. It’s far more important to design high school around the child’s interests, abilities, and eventual college application than to follow state standards.

Nevertheless, state standards can provide you with a useful template—as long as you’re willing to adjust the template to fit your kid. Links are provided below.

 

Alabama

 

Alaska

 

Arizona

 

Arkansas (Arkansas Makes it very hard
to find the standards. Go to page 9 of the linked document.)
California

 

Colorado

 

Connecticut

 

District of Columbia

 

Delaware

 

Florida

 

Georgia

 

Hawaii

 

Idaho

 

Illinois

 

Indiana

 

Iowa

 

Kansas

 

Kentucky

 

Louisiana

 

Maine

 

Maryland

 

Massachusetts

 

Michigan

 

Minnesota

 

Mississippi

 

Missouri

 

Montana

 

Nebraska
Standards set by districts,
not the state.
Nevada

 

New Hampshire

 

New Jersey

 

New Mexico

 

New York

 

North Carolina

 

North Dakota

 

Ohio

 

Oklahoma

 

Oregon

 

Pennsylvania

 

Rhode Island

 

South Carolina

 

South Dakota

 

Tennessee

 

Texas

 

Utah

 

Vermont

 

Virginia

 

Washington

 

West Virginia

 

Wisconsin

 

Wyoming

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.

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