Graduation information

  • Don't wait until your senior year to find out what courses you need to complete in order to graduate from Columbus City schools!
    In addition to the CCS course requirements (see details in the right-hand column), you must also meet the Ohio Department of Education guidelines to get your diploma. 
    Students in the Class of 2016 and 2017 -  current seniors and juniors - still need to pass the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGTs) in order to graduate Information on those changes can be found on the Graduation Requirements 2014-2017 website.

    For the Class of 2018 and beyond, ODE is giving students more options to reach graduation. Instead of spending one week taking basic skills tests, such as the OGTs, students will take a test in a core subject right after they have taken the class.

    That’s seven tests spread out over all of high school. While students will need 18 points to get a diploma with this option, with the Options for a High School Diploma, a student’s proficiency in his/her strongest subjects will offset the classes in which they are less proficient.
    Check out the Options for a High School Diploma website for more details, or watch this video.

    High School Grade Level Promotions

    Grade level promotions are determined by the student's total number of credits as well as the number of credits in the required curriculum areas. For a list of required credits, click here.

    Career-Technical Education

    Turn an interest into a career. Looking for an alternative to the traditional high school path to graduation?

    Whether you're interested in a career in advanced manufacturing, business, construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, education, health, information technology, media arts, performing arts, public safety, or visual arts, Columbus City Schools offers dozens of Career-Technical Programs to meet your needs.

    Click here to download the Career-Technical Education Program Guide. This brochure contains the complete list of Career-Technical programs for Columbus Downtown High School and Fort Hayes Career Center.