Earning Your High School Diploma
All students shall complete a minimum of 24 units of credit and master all sections of the state-mandated examination to receive a high school diploma. All units for graduation shall be earned in grades 7–12. Graduates of each high school are awarded the same type of diploma. The Academic Achievement Record (transcript), rather than the diploma, records individual accomplishments, achievements, and courses completed.
Graduation Requirement Charts
- Graduation Chart Class 2011-2014 (TAKS)
(for students entering 9th grade in 2007-2008 through 2010-2011 school years)
- Graduation Chart Class of 2015 and thereafter (STAAR)
(for students entering 9th grade in 2011-2012 or later)
Recent legislation has changed the requirements for students entering high school in 2014 or later. See the Foundation Graduation Program page for an overview of the new requirements.
Students will complete the high school Recommended Program unless otherwise determined by a parent conference following the sophomore year.
Students may be moved to the Minimum Program if:
- The student is at least 16 years of age, OR
- The student has completed two credits required for graduation in each of the four core subject areas, OR
- The student has failed to earn the required 6 credits to be promoted from Grade 9 to Grade 10 one or more times.
Students are strongly encouraged to consider the Distinguished Achievement Program. Completion of either the Recommended Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program may enable students to qualify for special scholarships, such as the Texas Grant. The Recommended Program or the Distinguished Achievement Program also serve as the foundation for the Garland ISD 21st Century Scholars.