Graduation Requirements

The following are the MINIMUM requirements for graduation from Paideia.

  1. Residency - Students are to have four years of high school study.
  2. Annual Progress - Students are to take and pass at least 19 credits per year, except for senior year, when students must take and pass at least 16 credits. Students are expected to take courses in at least four of the five major academic areas each long term. The five major areas are English, foreign language, mathematics, social studies, and science.
  3. Cumulative Progress and Distribution - Students must accumulate at least 59 credits to become seniors and at least 75 credits to graduate.

Students must accumulate the following minimum number of credits in each category. We recommend, and most colleges require, more than the minimums shown.

  • a. English - 12
  • b. Mathematics - 9
  • c. American History - 4
  • d. Other Social Studies - 6
  • e. Science - 9
  • f. Foreign Language in high school - 6
  • g. Art/Music/Drama - 6
  • h. Physical Education - 3
  • i. Service Internship - l

Notes on graduation requirements

  1. There is no early graduation. Even if a student accumulates the minimum number of credits before the end of the senior year, he or she must complete four full years of study.
  2. A long term course earns 1.5 credits per semester, so that a course taken both long terms earns 3.0 credits. Two hours of a short term course earns 1.0 credit. A one-hour short term course earns 0.5 credits and is shown with an "M" (for “mini-”) on the transcript.
  3. Students enrolling in Paideia after the ninth grade will have these requirements adjusted in accord with their previous high school record. Students enrolling from a school with a different curriculum sequence should check with the director of studies about non-Paideia requirements, such as for the University of Georgia.
  4. The mathematics requirement includes a geometry course.
  5. Courses taken at other institutions of learning may count toward graduation distribution requirements with prior approval. However, these credits will not be listed on Paideia’s transcript, will not be included in Paideia’s GPA, and will not count toward progress requirements. When appropriate, we will send the other school’s record of these courses along with our transcript. Extracurricular work in art, music, drama, dance, and sports may count toward distribution requirements with prior approval. To receive distributional credit for such experience, bring verification to the director of studies, Juan Jewell.
  6. Courses taken at a college on a joint-enrollment basis may count toward progress and distribution requirements with prior approval.
  7. The physical education requirement may be met by participation on a school sports team (one credit for each season on a team) or by outside activity (see No. 5 above.)
  8. The minimum Internship requirement is 60 hours of community service credit in a monitored and pre-approved internship. Students may arrange this as early as the summer before 9th grade.
  9. Students should take advantage of life issues course offerings and attain computer proficiency before graduation.
  10. Students should pay attention to courses required for NCAA eligibility and University System of Georgia/HOPE scholarship eligibility if either may affect their future. Michele Stewart, the school registrar, can help you if you have questions.