Diploma Types and Honors Designations

 

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

Graduation requirements for Germantown Municipal School students will be in compliance with (meet or exceed) currently approved regulations of the Tennessee State Board of Education regarding types of diplomas and course requirements as outlined in policy IP 4.605.1.  See full policy.

TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

To earn a regular high school diploma, students must meet the minimum standards established by the State Board of Education and earn the specified 22 units of credit.

TENNESSEE DIPLOMA WITH HONORS OR DISTINCTION

State Honors: Students who score at or above all of the subject readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with state honors.

State Distinction: Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B average and completing at least one of the following:

1) Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
2) Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
3) Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
4) Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
5) Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
6) Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two Advanced Placement exams
7) Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
8) Earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted college credit

GERMANTOWN MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS HONORS DIPLOMA

To earn a Germantown Municipal Schools Honors Diploma, students shall earn at least 12 Credits in Honors/Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment courses and at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA). A minimum of two Honors/ Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment courses is required during the senior year.

SPECIAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA

A special education diploma may be awarded at the end of their fourth year of high school to students with disabilities who:

(1) have not met the requirements for a high school diploma,
(2) have satisfactorily completed an individualized education program, and
(3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct. Students who obtain the special education diploma may continue to work towards the high school diploma through the end of the school year in which they turn twenty-two years old.

OCCUPATIONAL DIPLOMA

An occupational diploma may be awarded at the end of their fourth year of high school to students with disabilities who:

(1) have not met the requirements for a high school diploma,
(2) have satisfactorily completed an individualized education program,
(3) have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct, and
(4) have completed the occupational diploma Skills, Knowledge, and Experience Mastery Assessment (SKEMA) created by the department and have completed two (2) years of paid or non-paid work experience. The determination that an occupational diploma is the goal for a student with a disability will be made at the conclusion of the student’s tenth (10th) grade year or two (2) academic years prior to the expected graduation date. Students who obtain the occupational diploma may continue to work towards the high school diploma through the end of the school year in which they turn twenty-two (22) years old.

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