Graduation Planning

  • Below is information that will will help you plan out your pathway to gradation. You'll find class planners to ensure you have met all of the district and state's requirements for graduation, as well as updated information about the state of Ohio's specific graduation requirements.

    Blank Academic Graduation Planner
    The Blank Academic Graduation Planner developed under Columbus City Schools Board of Education Policy 5181.1 serves as the reference for accurately monitoring your student's academic progress throughout high school. Below are sample planners showing the different types of diplomas that your student could receive from Columbus City Schools.

    Use this planner to meet with your counselor and design a graduation plan that works for you.

    Below are sample planners. Use these planners to meet with your counselor to design a graduation plan.

    3 Types of Diplomas

    Below are sample planners. Use these planners to meet with your counselor to design a graduation plan.

    Diploma of Graduation
    A student must earn 22 credits (indicated by the parenthesis on the Academic Graduation Planner) and meet at least one of the College & Career Readiness requirements.

    Diploma with Honors
    Awarded to students who meet the requirements set by the state of Ohio. There are three types of Honors Diplomas.
    Diploma of Distinction*
    A student must earn at least 24 credits, meet the CCS Diploma of Graduation requirements, and have four (4.0) credits in Science, and three (3) credits in the same word language which replaces the three (3.0) general electives.

    *can combine Diploma of Distinction with Diploma of Honors

    State of Ohio Diploma of Honors Criteria


    Students may choose their areas of certification and can have more than one

    Certification of Specialization
    Awarded to students who meet CCS Diploma of Graduation requirements and earn five or more credits in any one specific area of student- academic or elective.
    Certification of College Preparation
    Awarded to students who meet the CCS Diploma of graduation requirements and have two (2.0) credits in the same World Language

    State College & Career Readiness Standards

    Below are brief descriptions of items found on the Earning a High School Diploma-class of 2018 and Beyonddocument.

    • Ohio Graduation Test: State test for students in the class of 2017 only.
    • Ohio's State Tests: Earn at least 18 points on seven end of course exams in English I, English II, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, Biology (or Physical Science for class of 2018), American Government, and American History.
    • Industry Credential and Workforce Readiness: Earn a minimum of 12 points by receiving a State Board of Education approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and earn 13 on WorkKeys, a work-readiness test.
    • College and Career Readiness Tests: Earn the "remediation free" scores on either the SAT or ACT. See Earning a High School Diploma-class of 2018 and Beyond for more information.

    Seniors & Grads 2 Be

    Students who began ninth grade before July 1, 2014, must meet their course requirements and their current testing requirements, the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to graduate. Students may also use the newest assessment options to meet graduation requirements.
    Click here for information on New Testing Options for Seniors and Grads 2 Be.
    If you need more information, check in with your School Counselor.

    Additional Information

    Higher Education Partnerships
    Earn college credit while going to high school

    Alternative Pathways to Graduation

    I Know I Can
    I Know I Can offers free workshops and seminars for middle and high school students and their families on preparing and paying for college.