Idaho High School Graduation Requirements

Compare your coursework to Idaho’s high school graduation requirements to ensure you’re on track to complete the required classes on time. Contact your school counselor if you have any questions about whether your plans will satisfy the state requirements and help you prepare for life after high school.

High Graduation Minimum Requirements (IDAPA 08.02.03 104, 105, 106)

This is a summary of the state graduation requirements. Please review IDAPA 08.02.03 for the details of the requirements and be sure to check whether your school district has additional requirements.


Content Area State Credit Requirements
Core of Instruction 29 credits (minimum)
Electives 17 credits (minimum)
Total Credits 46 credits (minimum)
Core Subject Areas 29 Credits
Language Arts
(English – 8 credits and Speech – 1 credit)
9 Credits
Speech credit can be obtained through other courses that meet the state speech requirement as approved by the local district.
Mathematics
(Algebra 1 or equivalent integrated mathematics, Geometry or equivalent integrated mathematics, Student Choice)
6 Credits
Including Algebra I and Geometry standards. Two (2) credits must be taken in the last year of high school. Students who have completed six (6) credits of math prior to the fall of their last year of high school, including at least two (2) semesters of an Advanced Placement or dual credit calculus or higher level course or 8 credits and Algebra II or higher, are exempt from taking math during their last year of high school. AP Computer Science, Dual Credit Computer Science, and Dual Credit Engineering courses may also be counted as a mathematics credit if the student has completed Algebra II standards.
Science
(Lab-based – 4 credits)
6 Credits
May include biology, physical science, chemistry, earth, space, and environment or approved applied science. AP Computer Science, Dual Credit Computer Science and Dual Credit Engineering can be considered as either a math or science credit.
Social Studies
(US History, Economics and American Government)
5 Credits
Courses such as geography, sociology, psychology and world history may not count towards this requirement.
Humanities
(Interdisciplinary Humanities, Fine Arts or Foreign Language)
2 Credits
May include visual arts, music, theatre, dance, or world language aligned to Idaho content standards for those subjects.
Health 1 Credit
CPR is required to be taught in Health.
(effective for students entering 9th grade Fall 2015 or later)
Electives 17 Credits
Elective courses as determined by the school district
Advanced Opportunities Districts must offer at least one Advanced Opportunity
such as Dual Credit, Advanced Placement, Tech Prep, or
International Baccalaureate.
*For more information on Advanced Opportunities, visit: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/student-engagement/advanced-ops/index.html
Senior Project Senior Projects are required to include a written report and an oral presentation by the end of grade 12 with guidelines set at the district level. May be multi-year group or independent project. Must include elements of research and experiential learning or integrated projects.
College Entrance Exam Students must take either the ACT or SAT exam before the end of the student’s 11th grade beginning with students for School Year 2014-2015. *For more information on college entrance exams, visit: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/assessment/college/ 
Civics Test All secondary students must demonstrate that they have met the state civics and government standard by the successfully completing the civics test or alternate path. Successful completion of this requirement must be reflected on the student’s transcript.