Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum Credit Requirements
    Credit is earned for passing work at the end of each semester of study.  Most courses, unless stated differently, are assigned one credit per semester.  Forty-one (41) credits are required for graduation.


    Graduation and course requirements are listed below:


    Content Area


    Applied Arts

    One semester


    Four years

    Fine Arts

    One semester


    One semester


    Two years


    Three years including Algebra and Geometry

    Physical Education

    Eight semesters unless one semester is a health class

    (Fine Arts Dance may always be taken in addition to P.E. Dance taken during sophomore year will fulfill one credit in P.E. and one credit in Fine Arts)

    Social Studies

    Two years

    (Including one year of U.S. History and Civics)

    Traffic Safety

    One semester

    (A student may substitute Traffic Safety with completion of private traffic safety course)



    Other Graduation Requirements

    Traffic Safety: Students must successfully complete this non-credit course or show evidence that they have taken it privately.

    Constitution: This requirement is fulfilled by successfully completing the Constitution unit in U.S. History or American Studies or by passing a separate examination.

    Consumer Education: Students at DHS can meet this state requirement by earning credit in any of the following courses:

    Introduction to Business
    Advanced Placement Economics
    Consumer Economics
    Contemporary Living
    Consumer Math Foundations
    General Work Study
    Business Math

    Health/Physical Education Option: The district allows students to be released from one semester of Physical Education during the school year (not Summer School) during the sophomore year when students are required to take Health Education.  This reduces the total number of Physical Education credits required for graduation from eight (8) to seven (7).  Students may choose to take this semester of Physical Education as an elective and count that credit toward the total required for graduation but cannot substitute it for Physical Education courses in the junior and/or senior year. 

    Dance/Physical Education Option: Fine Arts Dance may always be taken in addition to P.E.  During a student’s sophomore, junior and senior years, it may be taken instead of P.E.  During sophomore year, a full year of dance fulfills both the P.E. and Fine Arts requirement.

    Interscholastic Athletics/Physical Education Option: Juniors and seniors who participate on an interscholastic sport may opt to be released from Physical Education while their sport is in season.  Partial credit will be given: for each 22 school days of enrollment in Physical Education, 25 credits will be awarded.  Application for this option must occur prior to the end of the second week of school for the fall season and/or the end of the second week following the first practice session for all other seasons.