Requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma
Beginning in 2015-2016

Discipline Area

Standard Units of Credit Required

Verified Units of Credit Required

English*

5

2

Mathematicsº

4

2

Laboratory Science¹

4

2

History and Social Science²

4

2

Foreign Language³

3

0

Health and Physical Education

2

0

Foreign Language, Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education

1

0

Economics & Personal Finance

1

0

Electives*

4

0

 

 

1 of student’s choice

TOTAL

28

9

*Courses completed shall include English 9, 10, 11, and 12.
ºCourses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of Algebra and shall include at least three different course selections
from among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above the level of Algebra II.
¹Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least three different science disciplines from among Earth
Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
²Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and two of either World
History I (to 1500 AD), World History II (from 1500 AD), or World Geography. CGS courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include
European History, U.S. Government, U.S. History, and Human Geography.
³Courses completed to satisfy the foreign language requirement shall include three credits of one language or two credits each of two languages.
*Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include a Fine Arts or Career/Technical Education unit.
Beginning with students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2013-2014, a student must successfully complete one virtual course to
graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma. At KGHS, Economics and Personal Finance fulfills this requirement. 

Requirements for the Standard Diploma
for students entering 9th grade in 2011-2012 and beyond

Discipline Area

Standard Units of Credit Required

Verified Units of Credit Required

English*

4

2

Mathematicsº

3

1

Laboratory Science¹

3

1

History and Social Science²

3

1

Health and Physical Education

2

0

Foreign Language, Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education

2

0

Economics & Personal Finance

1

0

Electives³

4

0

 

 

1 of student’s choice

TOTAL

22

6

*Courses completed shall include English 9, 10, 11, and 12.
ºCourses completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of Algebra and shall include at least two course selections from
among Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II. If Algebra I is taken in parts, both parts must be completed but only one will count as a math unit. If
Geometry is also taken in parts, both parts must be completed but only one will count as a math unit. The other will count as an elective unit.
¹Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include course selections from at least two different science disciplines: Earth Science,
Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
²Courses completed to satisfy this requirement shall include U.S. and Virginia History, U.S. and Virginia Government, and one of either World
History I (to 1500 AD), World History II (from 1500 AD), or World Geography.
³Courses to satisfy this requirement shall include at least two sequential electives.
Beginning with students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2013-2014, a student must also:
 Earn a board-approved career and technical education credential to graduate with a Standard Diploma; and
 Successfully complete one virtual course. At KGHS, Economics and Personal Finance fulfills this requirement.

STANDARDS OF LEARNING TESTING
The Virginia State Board of Education requires that all students enrolled in specified English, mathematics, science, and
social studies courses take the applicable End of Course (EOC)/Standards of Learning test for that course. As a state
requirement, there are no exemptions to taking Standards of Learning tests. Eligible students may, however, take an
alternative assessment.
Standards of Learning tests are given upon completion of the courses listed in the tables below:

 

EOC/SOL Tests

Available

Standard Diploma

Advanced Studies Diploma

English

English 11:  Writing

English 11:  Reading, Literature, and Research

Needs both

Needs both

Mathematics

Algebra I♦

Geometry

Algebra II

Needs one

Needs two

Science

Earth Science

Biology

Chemistry

Needs one

Needs two

Social Studies

World History I*

World History II*

World Geography*

U.S. and Virginia History

Needs one

Needs two

Student’s Choice

 

Needs one

Needs one

♦ Students taking Algebra I Part I and Part II will take the Algebra I test following completion of Algebra I Part II.
* Standard Diploma students may choose which one World History/Geography course they wish to take. Advanced Studies Diploma
students will take two World History/Geography courses. World History I (to 1500 AD) taken in 8th grade meets the requirement for
one of these courses.