To earn a diploma
A Hawaii High School Diploma shall be issued to students who meet the following minimum course and credit requirements (Board of Education Policy 102-15):
4 credits including: English Language Arts 1 (1.0 credit) and English Language Arts 2 (1.0 credit); Expository Writing* (0.5 credit); and Common Core aligned language arts electives or proficiency based equivalents [ELA basic electives (1.5 credits)]
4 credits including: U.S. History and Government (1.0 credit); and World History and Culture (1.0 credit); and Modern History of Hawaii (0.5 credit); and Participation in a Democracy (0.5 credit); and Social Studies basic elective (1.0 credit)
3 credits including: Algebra 1 (1.0 credit); and Geometry (1.0 credit); and mathematics basic elective (1.0 credit)
3 credits including: Biology 1 (1.0 credit); and science basic electives (2.0 credits)
World Language, Fine Arts, Career and Technical Education (2 credits in one of the specified programs of study.)
Physical Education (P.E.): 1 credit including Physical Education Lifetime Fitness (0.5 credit); and Physical Education basic elective (0.5 credit)
Health: 0.5 credit in Health Today and Tomorrow
Personal Transition Plan: 0.5 credit
Electives (Any Subject Area): 6 credits
TOTAL: 24 credits
*Or equivalent course.
Two credits in a single World Language. Credits must be taken in sequence with consecutive course numbers in the study of one language.
Two credits in a Fine Arts discipline: Visual Arts, Music, Drama or Dance. Credits do not need to be in a single discipline.
CTE: Two credits need to be in a single career pathway program of study sequence. JROTC: Two consecutive JROTC courses fulfill CTE two credits for diploma requirements.
Honors Recognition Certificate Requirements
In addition to meeting the requirements for the Hawaii High School Diploma, students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to qualify for a honors recognition certificate in one or more of the honors described below.
4 credits of Math: The four credits must include one credit for Algebra 2 and one credit beyond Algebra 2. The credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via the following courses or equivalent Running Start math courses: Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Introduction to College Mathematics, Calculus, AP Calculus, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, IB Math Studies, or IB Math Standard Level AND
4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses AND
2 credits minimum must be from AP/IB/Running Start courses (equivalent to credits for two college courses).
Completes program of study (2-3 courses in sequence plus a state-identified specific academic course requirement).
Earn a B or better in each required program of study (coursework)
Meet or exceed proficiency on performance-based assessments for corresponding program of study
4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses.
Successful completion of a STEM Capstone Project in one of the approved ACCN courses.
Seal of Biliteracy
The Hawaii State Board of Education established a Seal of Biliteracy to be awarded upon graduation to students who demonstrate a high proficiency in both of the state's two official languages (English and Hawaiian) OR either of the state’s two official languages and at least one additional language, including American Sign Language. Learn more.
Grade Point Average
This cumulative grade point average applies to all graduates. Learn more about how GPAs are calculated here.
Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.5
Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.5+ to 3.8, and
Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.8+ and above.
Promotion from one grade level to the next is based upon the number of credits earned by the student. The Department of Education has adopted the promotion policy.
Grade 11 to 12 17 credits
Grade 10 to 11 11 credits
Grade 9 to 10 5 credits
(Earned credits at the start of the school year determine participation in respective class activities throughout the school year.)