Graduation Requirements


A Hawaii High School Diploma shall be issued to students who meet the following minimum course and credit requirements (Board of Education Policy 102-15):

English 4 credits including: English Language Arts 1 (1.0 credit); and English Language Arts 2 (1.0 credit); and Expository Writing* (0.5 credit); and English Language Arts basic electives (1.5 credits)
Social Studies 4 credits including: U.S. History and Government (1.0 credit); and World History and Culture (1.0 credit); and Modern History of Hawaii (0.5 credit); and Participation in a Democracy (0.5 credit); and Social Studies basic elective (1.0 credit)
Mathematics 3 credits including: Algebra 1 (1.0 credit); and Geometry (1.0 credit); and mathematics basic elective (1.0 credit)
Science 3 credits including: Biology 1 (1.0 credit); and science basic electives (2.0 credits)
  • World Language (note 1)
  • Fine Arts (note 2)
  • Career and Technical Education / JROTC (note 3)
2 credits in one of the specified programs of study.
Physical Education (P.E.) 1 credit including Physical Education Lifetime Fitness (0.5 credit); and Physical Education basic elective (0.5 credit)
Health 0.5 credit in Health Today and Tomorrow
Personal Transition Plan 0.5 credit
Electives (Any Subject Area) 6 credits
TOTAL: 24 credits

*Or equivalent course.


  1. Two credits in a single World Language. Credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language.
  2. Two credits in a Fine Arts discipline: Visual Arts, Music, Drama or Dance. Credits do not need to be in a single discipline.
  3. CTE: Two credits need to be in a single career pathway program of study sequence. JROTC: Two consecutive JROTC courses fulfill CTE two credits for diploma requirements.

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