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Academic Honors

The academic honors diploma is recommended for students wanting to pursue a rigorous, advanced course of study during their high school years. Use the academic honors planning sheet to help decide what courses to take and when.

Diploma Requirements

The academic honors diploma is based on the Indiana state requirement for honors diplomas. To complete an academic honors diploma, you must:

  • complete a minimum of 47 credits.
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • earn a "C" or above in courses that will count toward the diploma.
  • earn the required number of credits in specific academic areas.

In addition to the diploma requirements, you need to complete one of the following options:

  • two advanced placement courses and corresponding AP exams
  • academic, transferable undergraduate courses resulting in 6 college credits
  • one advanced placement course and corresponding AP exam, as well as academic transferable undergraduate course(s) resulting in 3 college credits
  • earn a combined SAT math and critical reading score of 1200 or higher
  • earn a composite score on the ACT of 26

Language Arts
8 credits, including the required:

  • English 9
  • English 10


4 elective credits from the following:

  • American Literature I and II
  • Creative Writing
  • English Literature I and II
  • Five Novels of Change
  • Five Novels of Conflict
  • Grammar
  • Speech
  • AP Language and Composition

8 credits:

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Precalculus


  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Precalculus
  • AP Calculus

6 credits in laboratory science, including:

  • Biology I


4 credits from:

  • Physics I
  • Chemistry
  • Introductory Earth and Space Science I

Social Studies
6 required credits:

  • U.S. History (may substitute AP U.S. History) (2 cr)
  • World History or Geography and History of the World (2 cr)
  • Economics (1 cr)
  • U.S. Government (1 cr)

Health Education
1 credit:

  • Health Education: Basic Course

8–10 credits

You are encouraged to take academic courses in order to create a strong transcript. For suggestions, please talk to an advisor.

World Languages
6–8 credits (6 credits of one language or 4 credits of one and 4 of another):

  • French I, II and III
  • German I and II
  • Spanish I, II, and III

Fine Arts
2 credits:

  • Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art
  • Art History and Appreciation