SHS Graduation Requirements

  • For the Class of 2023 & Beyond: As a student entering ninth grade on or after July 1, 2019, Ohio’s high school graduation requirements give more flexibility to choose a graduation pathway that builds on your strengths and passions – one that ensures you are ready for your next steps and excited about the future. Ohio’s graduation requirements consist of three key components: 

    1. Course Completion (Credits): Students satisfy Ohio’s curriculum requirements and any additional local requirements as instructed by the Sycamore Board of Education. Students complete stated credit requirements below, with specific units required in each content area. 
    2. Competency Demonstration (Testing): Students demonstrate competency in the foundational areas of English language arts and mathematics or through alternative demonstrations. 
    3. Readiness Demonstration (Graduation Seals): Students demonstrate readiness for their post-high school paths by earning two seals that allow them to demonstrate important foundational and well-rounded academic and technical knowledge, professional skills, social and emotional competencies, and leadership and reasoning skills.

    Component 1: Course Completion (Credits)

    A minimum of 21.5 credits are required for graduation from Sycamore High School. It is the student’s responsibility to see that requirements for graduation are met. Specific units required by the Sycamore Board of Education are listed below.

    CLASS OF 2024 & 2025

    SUBJECT

    CREDITS

    English

    4.0

    Mathematics

      Algebra lI or equivalent course required

    4.0

    Science

      Life Science (Biology, Biology Accel), Physical Science (Science Investigations, 

      Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy & Geology), and an Advanced Science are required

    3.0

    Social Studies

      World History, American History, and US Government are required

    3.0

    Fine Arts

      Selected from Art, Drama and/or Music

    1.0

    Health 

    0.5

    Physical Education (2 semester courses - Each semester course = .25 credits)

      Foundations of Personal Fitness is required

    0.5

    Electives

      At least one elective credit or two elective half credits must come from business, 

      technology, fine arts or world languages.

    5.5

    For the Graduating Classes of 2026 and Beyond

    Students entering ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2022 are required to complete one-half unit of financial literacy to be used toward the elective credits required for graduation.

    CLASS OF 2026 AND BEYOND

    SUBJECT

    CREDITS

    English

    4.0

    Mathematics

      Algebra lI or equivalent course required

    4.0

    Science

      Life Science (Biology, Biology Accel), Physical Science (Science Investigations, 

      Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy & Geology), and an Advanced Science are required

    3.0

    Social Studies

      World History, American History, and US Government are required

    3.0

    Fine Arts

      Selected from Art, Drama and/or Music

    1.0

    Health 

    0.5

    Physical Education (2 semester courses - Each semester course = .25 credits)

      Foundations of Personal Fitness is required

    0.5

    Financial Literacy

    0.5

    Electives

      At least one elective credit or two elective half credits must come from business, 

      technology, fine arts or world languages.

    5.0

    Mathematics Graduation Requirements

    Students may take any combination of high school and/or college level mathematics courses to earn the four credits of high school mathematics as long as one of the credits is Algebra 2 or its equivalent.

     

    The fourth math course can, but does not need to be, higher than Algebra 2 or its equivalent. Suggested fourth math courses can be, but are not limited to Pre-Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics and Probability, Data Science Foundations, Computer Science, AP mathematics courses, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, College Credit Plus mathematics courses, and many Career-Technical Education courses.

    Elective Credits

    Elective units must include one or any combination of world language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required.

     

    If a district chooses to require elective units in addition to the five required for state graduation requirements, those additional credits and the allowable course areas are subject to locally-determined policy. This is the case for the graduating class of 2025. Credits earned from coursework such as additional physical education, or additional health courses may not be used to meet the five units of electives requirement.

     

    Note: While not a state or district requirement for graduation, many four-year colleges and universities require a minimum of two years of sequential world language study at the secondary level as a college admissions requirement. This is the case for many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. 

    Component 2: Competency Demonstration (Testing)

    To graduate, students must earn a "competency” score on the English language arts II and Algebra I end-of-course tests or complete other options. Students not earning competency scores on the first attempt must be offered appropriate remediation and retake the relevant test at least once. In lieu of attaining competency scores on the state tests, students can choose between four other ways to demonstrate competency following remediation and second test attempts.

    • For the English Language Arts II test, the competency score is 684.
    • For the Algebra I test, the competency score is 684.  

    If a student does not earn a passing score, once the student retakes the exam, they may opt for one of the following options:

    1. College Credit Plus - To complete this alternative demonstration of competency, students must earn credit through the College Credit Plus program in a non-remedial math or English course (for the subject area not passed). Students need to earn credit in each subject area not passed.
    2. ACT or SAT - To complete this alternative demonstration of competency, students must obtain a remediation-free score in the math or English subject areas on the ACT or SAT to demonstrate competency. To demonstrate competency in English II, a student must be remediation-free in the subjects of English and reading on the ACT or SAT.
    3. Career Experience & Technical Skill - To complete this alternative demonstration of competency, students must complete two of the options from the below list of seven, at least one of which must be a foundational option.
      1. Foundational
        1. Proficient scores on WebXams in a single career pathway
        2. A 12-point approved industry credential in a single career field
        3. Complete a recognized pre-apprenticeship program or show acceptance into an OSAC registered apprenticeship program after high school. 
        4. Obtain a state-issued license for practice in a vocation that requires an examination
      2. Supporting
        1. Complete a 250-hour work-based learning experience with evidence of positive evaluations
        2. Earn the workforce readiness score on WorkKeys 
        3. Earn the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal
    4. Military Enlistment - Competency can be achieved by meeting the requirements to enlist in the military, which can be demonstrated by a contract with the military to enlist upon graduation.  

    Component 3: Readiness Demonstration (Graduation Seals)

    Once a student meets the credit and testing requirements, they must earn two of the defined diploma seals. One of the two must be an Ohio defined seal. The seal options are as follows:

    State Defined Seals

    OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal

    Industry-Recognized Credential Seal

    College Readiness Seal

    Military Enlistment Seal

    Seal of Biliteracy

    Honors Diploma Seal

    Citizenship Seal

    Science Seal

    Technology Seal

    Locally  Defined Seals

    Community Service Seal

    Fine & Performing Arts Seal

    Student Engagement Seal

     

    View the seals and specific requirements here