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.

    Applied Arts             One semester

    English                      Four years

    Fine Arts                   One semester

    Health                       One semester

    Science                     Two years

    Mathematics           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.)

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


    Other Requirements

    Computer Literacy - These courses fulfill the Computer Literacy requirement:

    Honors Business Incubator
    Graphic Design
    AP Computer Science A
    AP Computer Science Principles
    AP Spanish Language
    Perspectives in World History
    Photo I & II
    World History

    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

    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.

    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).

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