Academic Requirements

Graduation Requirements for Years 2018 and beyond

Students scheduled to graduate in years 2018 must complete the following three requirements to obtain a diploma from Gilbert A. Dater High School:

  • Complete 20 units of credit in grades 9-12
  • Have no unpaid student fees or other financial obligations to the school
  • Graduation Requirements.pdf

Specifically, students will need to earn credits in the following courses:

  • English - 4 Credits - English 9, 10, 11, and 12
  • Math - 4 Credits - Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and a fourth Math Course (Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, Pre-Calculus, Probability and Statistics, or Calculus)
  • Social Studies - 3 Credits - Modern History, US History, US Government (semester course), and Economics (semester course)
  • Science - 3 Credits - Physical Science, Biology, and a Third Science (Environmental Science, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, or Zoology)
  • Fine Arts - One credit - Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Drama
  • Senior High Health - .5 Credit
  • Physical Education - .5 Credit (2 semesters)
  • Electives - 5 Credits - Modern Foreign Languages, Culinary Arts, Additional Core and Fine Arts Courses
  • Other requirements - Economics & Financial literacy, and Fine Arts


Meet ONE of the following THREE:

  1. Ohio’s State Tests
    Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using seven end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies.

    End-of-course exams are: 
    • Algebra I7 and geometry or integrated math I and II
    • Biology
    • American history and American government
    • English I and English II

    Students studying Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in biology, American history or American government may take and substitute test scores for end-of-course state exams to avoid double testing. Students also may substitute grades from College Credit Plus courses in these subjects for end-of-course state exams.

  2. Industry credential and workforce readiness Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The state of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment.

  3. College admission test
    Students earn “remediation-free” scores in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take the exam free of charge.



Junior High Promotion Requirements (Grades 7-8)

Students shall be promoted to grade 8 or 9 if they have successfully passed 6 out of the 8 semesters of their core classes (Math, Language Arts, Science, or Social Studies) in a given school year.

Senior High Promotion Requirements (Grade 9-12)

  1. Placement in Grade 10: Minimum 5.0 Credits Earned
  2. Placement in Grade 11: Minimum 10.0 Credits Earned
  3. Placement in Grade 12: Minimum 15.0 Credits Earned AND the ability to complete the course requirements for graduation in their school by June of that school year.



To recieve a Diploma with Honors a student must meet seven of the eight criteria below:

  1. Earn four units of English
  2. Earn four units of Mathematics that include: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2
  3. Earn three units of Science that include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  4. Earn three units of Social Studies that include:  Modern History, Americn History, Economics, and American Government
  5. Earn three units of one foreign language or two units in two different foreign languages in high school
  6. Earn one unit of a Fine Art
  7. Earn one unit of Business/Technology and two additional units in numbers one through six above, or earn three additional units in numbers one through six above
  8. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year
  9. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American College Testing (ACT) test or an equivalent composite of 1210 on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)



  • At the end of the seventh semester of senior high, class rank is calculated using grades attained in academic subjects.
  • Regular academic subjects are evaluated on a 4 – point scale (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1). 
  • Advanced Academic (AA) and Advanced Placement (AP) receive an additional .5 weight added to the “regular academic subjects” point scale listed above (A=6, B=4.4, C=3, D=1.5). 
  • The transcript, which accompanies a college application includes a weighted class rank and an unweighted point average. 
  • Class rank is calculated based upon the weighted grade point average of the student’s high school grades.