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 the completion of a private traffic safety course)

    World Language

    At least two years of the same World Language (class of 2026 and beyond)


    Other Graduation Requirements


    Computer Literacy (class of 2026 and beyond)  

    These courses fulfill the Computer Literacy requirement:

                Honors Business Incubator

                Graphic Design

                AP Computer Science A

                AP Computer Science Principles

                Perspectives in World History

                World History

                Photo I & II

                AP Spanish Language  



    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


    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 requirements.


    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.


    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 need of the second week following the first practice session for all other seasons.


    Traffic Safety

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