Academic Honors Diploma

Credit Requirements & Diploma Options #

To earn an Indiana University High School diploma, you have to successfully complete at least 40 (47 for Honors) credits in various subject areas. At least 10 credits must be earned through IUHS courses. As an IUHS student, you can select from any of three diploma options, all of which lead to an accredited diploma. The option you select determines the requirements you have to fulfill. Your options include

Indiana University High School graduates have gone on to dozens of prestigious colleges and universities.

The academic honors diploma is recommended for students wanting to pursue a rigorous, advanced course of study during their high school years. Use the academic honors planning sheet below to help decide what courses to take and when.

Academic Honors Diploma Requirements #

The academic honors diploma is based on the Indiana state requirement for honors diplomas. To complete an academic honors diploma, you must:

  • complete a minimum of 47 credits.
  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • earn a "C" or above in courses that will count toward the diploma.
  • earn the required number of credits in specific academic areas.

In addition to the diploma requirements, you need to complete one of the following options:

  • two advanced placement courses and corresponding AP exams
  • academic, transferable undergraduate courses resulting in 6 college credits
  • one advanced placement course and corresponding AP exam, as well as academic transferable undergraduate course(s) resulting in 3 college credits
  • earn a combined SAT math and critical reading score of 1200 or higher
  • earn a composite score on the ACT of 26

Language Arts
8 credits, including the required:

  • English 9
  • English 10

PLUS

4 elective credits from the following:
  • American Literature I and II
  • Creative Writing
  • English Literature I and II
  • Five Novels of Change
  • Five Novels of Conflict
  • Grammar
  • Speech
  • AP Language and Composition

Mathematics
8 credits:

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Precalculus

OR

  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Precalculus
  • AP Calculus

Science
6 credits in laboratory science, including:

  • Biology I

Plus
4 credits from:

  • Physics I
  • Chemistry
  • Introductory Earth and Space Science I

Social Studies
6 required credits:

  • U.S. History (may substitute AP U.S. History) (2 cr)
  • World History or Geography and History of the World (2 cr)
  • Economics (1 cr)
  • U.S. Government (1 cr)

Health Education
1 credit:

  • Health Education: Basic Course

Electives
8–10 credits:

  • You are encouraged to take academic courses in order to create a strong transcript. For suggestions, please talk to an advisor.

World Languages
6–8 credits (6 credits of one language or 4 credits of one and 4 of another):

  • French I, II and III
  • German I and II
  • Spanish I, II, and III

Fine Arts
2 credits:

  • Introduction to Two-Dimensional Art
  • Art History and Appreciation

Academic Honors Planning #

Freshman

First Six Months

  • English 9: First Semester
  • World History: First Semester OR World Geography: First Semester
  • Algebra I: First Semester (Geometry if you took Algebra I in the 8th grade)
  • Biology I: First Semester
  • Choice of world language: first year, first semester
  • 1 elective credit OR 1 credit in fine arts

Second Six Months

  • English 9: Second Semester
  • World History: Second Semester OR World Geography: Second Semester
  • Algebra I: Second Semester (Geometry if you took Algebra I in the 8th grade)
  • Biology I: Second Semester
  • Choice of world language: first year, second semester
  • 1 elective credit OR 1 credit in fine arts

 

Sophomore

First Six Months

  • English 10: First Semester
  • Geometry: First Semester (Algebra II if you took Algebra I in the 8th grade)
  • Health
  • Choice of world language: second year, first semester
  • 1 credit in science
  • 1 elective credit
  • 1 elective credit

Second Six Months

  • English 10: Second Semester
  • Geometry: Second Semester (Algebra II if you took Algebra I in the 8th grade)
  • Choice of world language: second year, second semester
  • 1 credit in science
  • 1 elective credit

 

Junior

First Six Months

  • English 11: First Semester OR 1 English credit of choice
  • U.S. History: First Semester
  • Algebra II: First Semester (Precalculus if you took Algebra I in the 8th grade)
  • Choice of world language: third year, first semester
  • 1 credit in science
  • 1 elective credit

Second Six Months

  • English 11: Second Semester OR 1 English credit of choice
  • U.S. History: Second Semester
  • Algebra II: Second Semester (Precalculus if you took Algebra I in the 8th grade)
  • Choice of world language: third year, second semester
  • 1 credit in science
  • 1 elective credit

 

Senior

First Six Months

  • English 12: First Semester OR 1 English credit of choice
  • U.S. Government - Economics
  • Precalculus: First Semester (Calculus if you took Algebra I in the 8th grade)
  • Choice of second world language OR elective if you have completed three years of one language
  • 1 elective credit
  • 1 elective credit

Second Six Months

  • English 12: Second Semester OR 1 English credit of choice
  • U.S. Government - Economics
  • Precalculus: Second Semester (Calculus if you took Algebra I in the 8th grade)
  • Choice of second world language OR elective if you have completed three years of one language
  • 1 elective credit
  • 1 elective credit

 

Additional Requirements

In addition to the requirements above, you need to complete one of the following options:

  • two advanced placement courses and corresponding AP exams
  • academic, transferable undergraduate courses resulting in 6 college credits
  • one advanced placement course and corresponding AP exam, as well as academic transferable undergraduate course(s) resulting in 3 college credits
  • earn a combined SAT math and critical reading score of 1200 or higher
  • earn a composite score on the ACT of 26