Path to Graduation

Florida students entering grade nine may choose from one of four options to earn a standard diploma. They are:

  • 24-credit program
  • 18-credit, Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum
  • An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) curriculum


Florida’s public high school graduation requirements are specified in the following sections of Florida Statute:

Transfer Students

If a student transfers into a Florida public high school from out of country, out of state, a private school, or a home school, the student’s transcript is reviewed to determine if the student is required to take a Florida end-of-course (EOC) assessment in accordance with Rule 6A-1.09941, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), State Uniform Transfer of High School Credit.

Graduation Program Planning

The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) provides a variety of online services for students from Florida’s public high schools, colleges, and universities. In addition, they can explore Florida’s college and university offerings (both traditional and distance learning programs), learn about financial aid, and apply for admission. Dual enrolled high school students and those in accelerated education programs can even access online library resources used within Florida’s colleges and universities. For more information, visit

Students with Disabilities

Each school district is responsible for providing services to students who are eligible for exceptional student education (ESE) programs. For additional information on state program contacts, please visit the Bureau of Exceptional Student Education’s ESE Programs listing.

Information related to special diploma options and the transition of a student with disabilities from school to adult life is available in Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Families.

College and Career Resources

Career Planning



The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) State Programs, within the Florida Department of Education, administers a variety of postsecondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships, and provides information to students, parents, and high school and postsecondary professionals.

College Board

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity by providing information about college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).