Graduation Requirements

Students at Clarkdale High School shall graduate utilizing Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) graduation options listed in the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards (MPSAS) and by meeting all other requirements as defined by the Mississippi Department of Education. 

Clarkdale High School, in keeping with MDE standards, offers a variety of diploma options to meet the needs of each individual student.

Beginning with the ninth graders of 2018 - 2019, graduation requirements have changed for the various diploma options.  Please make sure to check the requirements for your specific graduation year.

 

Class of 2022 Diploma Options

Traditional Diploma Option

  • Earn 24 credits (Carnegie Units) in a selection of required classes including English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology or Computer Science, College and Career Readiness, Health, Art, Physical Education and electives


Traditional Diploma Option with Career and Technical Endorsement

  • Earn 26 credits
  • Earn four credits from the same CTE program
  • Achieve at least a 2.5 grade point average
  • Score at silver level on ACT WorkKeys
  • Successfully complete a dual credit course, a work-based learning experience or earn a national credential


Traditional Diploma Option with Academic Endorsement

  • Earn 26 credits
  • Score at least 17 on ACT English section
  • Score at least 19 on ACT Math section
  • Achieve at least a 2.5 grade point average
  • Successfully complete one Advanced Placement course and AP exam, one International Baccalaureate course and exam, or one dual credit course
  • Earn at least a C in the advanced course


Traditional Diploma Option with Distinguished Endorsement

  • Earn 28 credits
  • Score at least 18 on ACT English section
  • Score at least 22 on ACT Math section
  • Achieve at least a 3.0 grade point average
  • Successfully complete one Advanced Placement course and AP exam, one International Baccalaureate course and exam, or one dual credit course
  • Earn at least a B in the advanced course


Alternate Diploma Option

Mississippi public schools offer an alternate course of study for students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. This course of study leads to the Alternate Diploma, which recognizes that a student has completed high school. The Alternate Diploma is not equivalent to a Traditional Diploma and is not recognized by postsecondary entities that require a standard high school diploma.

 

Class of 2020 and 2021 Diploma Options

Standard Diploma

Advanced Placement Diploma

Career Pathway Diploma

 

For further information, consult the 2019 - 2020 Student Handbook