Students in Indianapolis Public Schools must complete the state mandated graduation requirements in order to be awarded a high school diploma. In 8th grade, all IPS students will complete a four-year plan where they will work with a school counselor to determine the diploma path that is best for their individual strengths and postsecondary plans. Details on each state approved diploma type as well as the certificate of completion are included below.

Core 40 and Honors Diploma Requirements

The Core 40 diploma is the required diploma track for all students in Indiana. Legislation also made Core 40 a minimum college admission requirement for the state’s public four-year universities beginning in the fall of 2011.

Students can earn the Core 40 with Academic and/or Technical Honors by completing additional requirements, including maintaining a “B” GPA and taking advanced coursework.

General Diploma Requirements

Students must have a formal opt-out conference with their parents/guardians and school staff in order to graduate with a general diploma. At the conference, parents must determine whether or not their students could receive a greater benefit from the General Diploma.

Certificate of Completion Information

Students who are taken off the diploma path by a Case Conference Committee will pursue a Certificate of Completion. Students who enter high school in 2018-19 (Class of 2022) and beyond will have revised requirements for their Certificate of Completion.

Early Graduation Requirements

Indiana has a provision for a student to earn a high school diploma in seven semesters instead of eight, assuming the following steps have been taken:

  • The student has met all graduation requirements;
  • The student has been accepted and enrolled into a post secondary educational institution; or
  • The student has an enlistment contract with a branch of the U.S. armed forces that contains an educational component.

Requests will be initiated by students at the beginning of their 7th semester, approved in writing by the parent/guardian, and presented to the school counselor and to the principal. Students meeting the seven-semester graduation requirement may participate in commencement exercises at the discretion of the principal.

Graduation Requirements Reference