Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the credit requirements for graduation in order to receive a diploma from LPS. A credit is earned by successfully completing courses according to school policy. The standard unit of credit is based on a minimum of 140 hours of instruction and a 4.0 Grade Scale.

All prospective graduates must:

  1. Have taken the SAT and/or ACT before receiving a diploma
  1. Have applied to a college before the end of the first semester
  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale to qualify for graduation.
  1. Community Service Hours – 75 hours total

Students who have not successfully passed all subjects required toward graduation may not be allowed to participate in commencement. If night school or summer school is required by any senior, the student will receive the diploma after the course has been successfully completed.

It is the responsibility of the parent and the student to monitor the percentage of completion in any given course, at any given time during the year.

Diplomas – Standard and Honors

All Diplomas offered at LPS are designed to prepare students for college. Required credits for each track will begin in 9th grade.
The graduation requirements for the graduating class of 2015 – 2016 are listed below.

Subject Standard Diploma Honors Diploma
Christian Education 4 4
English 4 4
Fine Arts 1 1
Foreign Language 2 2
Health LMS/PF/Team Sports 2 2
Math 4 4
Practical Arts 1 1
Science 4 4
Social Science 4 4
Virtual School 1 2
Electives 2 2
Total Requirements 29 30
A unit of credit is based on 140 instructional hours.

Note:

  1. Math credits must come from the following courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other courses above the
    level of Algebra I.
  1. Science credits must come from the following courses: Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or other approved science courses.
  1. Social studies credits must come from the following courses: Geography, World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government (0.5), Economics (0.5), or other approved social studies courses.
  1. For the Standard and Honors Diploma, students must have 2 credits from the same foreign language.
  1. Virtual School courses are a requirement of the State of Florida, students receiving an Honors Diploma must take an additional virtual course and pass the course with a score of “B” or higher.
  1. Students must have eight credit hours in 9th grade, nine credit hours in 10th grade, seven credit hours in 11th grade and 6 credit hours in 12th grade.