All ODCS students are expected to complete the equivalent of the Ohio Core, plus four credits in Bible, and ½ credit in community service.
Students should expect to complete the following during their high school career:
English: four units
Health: one half unit
Mathematics: four units, including one unit of Algebra II or higher
Physical Education: one half unit, or equivalent*
Science: three units, including Biology, a physical science, and an advanced science**
Social studies: three units, including U.S. History, American Government (1/2 unit),
Economics (1/2 unit), one history elective
Fine Arts: one unit
Bible: four units
Community Service: 25 hours per year
Electives: four units, three of which are recommended to include foreign language
Additional electives are also recommended.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2016, Public Speaking will be a graduation requirement.
Please note that students who receive high school credit at the middle school level must still complete the same number of units listed above during their 9th through 12th grade year. It is expected that advanced students will progress to more rigorous classes within the framework of the required units.
High school students must have a minimum of 24.5 credits to graduate, plus they must pass any tests required by the state. For the classes of 2013 and 2014, this means the passage of the OGT. The classes of 2015 and beyond may have different state testing requirements, still to be determined. Beginning with the graduating class of 2016, students must have a minimum of 25 credits to graduate.
*Physical Education equivalency: participation in interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading for at least two full seasons. The opt-out option cannot be used for a partial P.E. replacement. Either the student must take all physical education coursework, or opt to completely fulfill the requirement through the equivalencies provided. However, students who wish to take the P.E. coursework in addition to meeting their requirement through the equivalencies may add these to their elective choices above the 24.5 (25 credits for 2016 and beyond) total credit requirements. Students who use the equivalency must take one half unit of core coursework as a replacement for the P.E. credit.
**Advanced sciences include Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Pre-AP Physics, AP Physics, and AP Biology.
PATRIOT HONORS DIPLOMA
The Patriot Honors Diploma was created to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance while challenging themselves with a demanding curriculum. Students who qualify for this recognition will have met all ODCS graduation requirements, and will have an overall GPA of at least 3.5. Many of our students will meet these criteria. However, the Patriot Honors Diploma will also require students to have taken challenging courses in the form of Honors or AP (Advanced Placement) level courses.
Each Honors or AP level course that is passed will earn the student one point toward their Patriot Honors Diploma. Students need nine Honors/AP points to earn the distinction of being a recipient of the Patriot Honors Diploma. On-campus PSEO courses will also count towards the Patriot Honors Diploma.
STATE OF OHIO HONORS DIPLOMA PROGRAM
Students who complete the ODCS graduation requirements must meet any seven of the following eight in order to receive the State of Ohio Honors Diploma:
- Earn 4 units of English.
- Earn 4 units of mathematics that include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II or equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content.
- Earn at least 4 units of science, including physics and chemistry.
- Earn 4 units of social studies.
- Earn 3 units of one foreign language OR 2 units each of two foreign languages.
- Earn one unit of fine arts.
- Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year.
- Obtain a composite score of 27 on the ACT or an equivalent composite of 1210 on the SAT (reading and math sections only).
Please download the Parent/Student Handbook for complete information regarding graduation as well as all aspects of attending the Open Door Christian Schools.