• Graduation Requirements

    CCS Graduation Requirements - Class of 2023 & Beyond

    In 2019, the Ohio Department of Education introduced new graduation requirements for students earning their diplomas in the Class of 2023 - and beyond. These new requirements allow students to Lead the Way on a pathway that aligns with their academic, and as well as personal, strengths and passions.

    Graduation Requirements

    Graduation Requirements

    There are three Ohio Graduation Requirements:

    • Earn the minimum of 22 credits in core/elective subject areas, complete any additional local/district subject requirements, and take all required Ohio State Tests.
    • Show Competency by passing the Algebra I and English 2 EOC exams. Other options after testing and retesting include 1 of 4 alternative pathways.
      • Remediation-Free ACT/SAT Test Scores: Students must earn “remediation-free” scores in each of the three subscore areas, two in English language arts and one Mathematics.
        Subject ACT SAT
        English Language Arts

        English subscore of 18 (or higher);

        Reading subscore of 22 (or higher)

        Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) 480 (or higher)

        Mathematics subscore of 22 (or higher)

        Mathematics 530 (or higher)
      • College Credit Plus: Earn college credit in a non-remedial math or English course (for the subject area not passed) to demonstrate competency.

      • Military Readiness: Competency can be achieved by meeting the requirements to enlist in the military, which can be demonstrated by a contract with the military to enlist upon graduation.

      • Career Experience and Technical Skill:  Complete two demonstrations to show competency, at least one of which must be a foundational option.
        • Foundational
          • Earn a score of proficient or higher on three or more WebXams in a single career pathway;
          • Earn a 12-point approved industry-recognized credential or group of credentials totaling 12 points in a single career field;
          • Complete a pre-apprenticeship in the student's chosen career field, or, for students ages 18 and older, show evidence of acceptance into an apprenticeship program after high school.
        • Supporting
          • Complete a 250-hour work-based learning experience with evidence of positive evaluations;
          • Earn the workforce readiness score on WorkKeys; or
          • Earn the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal.
    • Demonstrate Readiness by earning two diploma seals

Ohio Diploma Seals

  • Ohio State law created 12 diploma seals for students to demonstrate academic, technical and professional readiness for careers, college, the military, or other professions. Each seal allows students to demonstrate knowledge and skills essential for future success in pathways beyond high schools.

    Students will demonstrate readiness by earning at least two diploma seals, one of which must be state defined. Seals help students develop valuable skills as they transition to the next steps as Columbus City Schools graduates. 

  • Biliteracy State Seal

  • Citizenship State Seal

  • College-Ready State Seal

  • Honors Diploma State Seal

  • Industry-Recognized Credential State Seal

  • Military Enlistment State Seal

  • OhioMeansJobs Readiness State Seal

  • Science State Seal

  • Technology State Seal

  • Community Service Local Seal

  • Fine & Performing Arts Local Seal

  • Student Engagement Local Seal

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