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High School Graduation Requirements & Information

Are you looking for assistance or clarity with what exactly you or your student needs to do to graduate from a DC public high school? Look here for information on DC's standard graduation requirements and links to information for non-traditional and alternative pathways to graduation.

Graduation Requirements

A total of twenty-four (24) Carnegie Units in corresponding subjects and required volunteer community service hours should be satisfactorily completed for graduation. 

Carnegie Units in the following subjects are required:


  • English (4.0)
  • Mathematics: must include Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II at a minimum (4.0)
  • Science: must include three lab sciences  (4.0)
  • Social Studies: must include World History 1 and 2, United States History; United States Government, and District of Columbia History (4.0)
  • World Language (2.0)
  • Art (0.5)
  • Music (0.5)
  • Physical Education/Health (1.5)
  • Electives  (3.5)

Total: 24.0 Credits

  • For more information on SBOE's high school graduation task force, click here
  • For more information on DCPS Graduation Requirements, click here or email questions to the Office of College and Career Readiness at academic.plan[email protected].
  • For more information on DC Public Charter Schools Graduation Requirements, please contact your local school or email [email protected].

Alternative Pathways

Not all pathways to graduation are the same. Here are resources to help you determine the best route to secondary education credentials: