Students must earn a minimum of 24 credits as described below to earn a diploma from the Chicago Public Schools.
(Students successfully completing Algebra and/or Geometry prior to entering high school will follow an appropriate three-year math sequence.)
2 years of Laboratory Science, which must include the following:
Earth and Space Science
United States History
and one other Social Science course.
Two years of the same world language.
One year of Music
One year of Art or Drafting.
One year of Physical Education I/Health or ROTC I/Health
Physical Education II/Drivers Education or ROTC II/Drivers Education in 9th and 10th grades.
Career Education CTE programs
advanced academic/fine arts options or ROTC III, ROTC IV.
Selection of an additional three courses not already listed above.
Non-Credit Bearing Requirements
Three approved classroom-integrated service-learning projects that amount to a minimum of forty hours. Twenty hours must be completed by the end of tenth grade.
Complete a course integrating consumer education curriculum.
Public Law 195
Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. and Illinois constitutions as part of subject-area curricula and/or Constitution test.
Public Act 93857 requires students to take the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) as a condition for receiving a regular high school diploma.