Graduation Designations & Diploma Types

  • Graduation Designations & Diploma Types

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    State Diploma Types:

    Honors - students who score at or above all subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or SAT

    Graduate of Distinction - students who complete seven high school semesters with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and satisfy at least one of the following:

    • Earn a national and/or state recognized industry certification
    • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
    • Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
    • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semifinalist
    • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite ACT score or SAT equivalent
    • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
    • Earn twelve or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit

    Graduation Designations:

    Tennessee Tri-Star Scholar - students who satisfy both of the following:

    • Earn a composite score of 19 or higher on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT
    • Earn a capstone industry certification from among those promoted by the TN Department of Education

    Community Service - students who voluntarily complete at least ten (10) hours of documented community service each semester

    Work Ethic Diploma  -students must earn a minimum of 20 points in 14 different work ethic categories; earning this diploma and meeting the job-related qualifications will guarantee an interview with the participating companies like GE, Lear, JTEKT, TRW, Ballad Health, Kawasaki, Arconic, Colortech, and more.

    Tennessee Scholar - students who satisfy all of the following requirements:

    • Sign up online (see your school counselor)
    • 95% or higher attendance rate for all four years of high school (no more than 36 days missed over the four years)
    • No out of school suspensions
    • Maintain a “C” average
    • Complete 80 hours of community service during the four years of high school