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    Graduation Requirements
     
    Parents and Students should discuss with their high school counselor the option that is best suited to their academic needs.  
     

    TOPS UNIVERSITY

    (College Diploma) Course Requirements

    For Incoming Freshmen Beginning Fall 2014

    English = 4 Units

    English I, English II, English III, English IV

    Math = 4 Units

    Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and 1 Unit from the following: Algebra III, Advanced Math, Probability & Statistics, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus

    Science = 4 Units

    Biology I, Chemistry I, and 2 Units from the following: Biology II, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, or Physics

    Social Studies = 4 Units

    U.S. History, Civics, and 2 Units from the following: Western Civilization, World Geography, or World History

    Foreign Language = 2 Units

    Both units in the same language: Spanish I & II or French I & II. (more options available on state list)

    Art = 1 Unit

    Art, Band, Piano, Choir, Theatre, or Fine Arts Survey

    Health/Physical Education = 2 Units

    Physical Education I, II, JROTC (must take JROTC I & II to meet health education requirement).

    Electives = 3 Units

    Various options available at schools

    Total Units = 24

     

    JUMP START TOPS TECH

    (Career Diploma) Course Requirements

    2014-2015 Entering 9th Graders

    English = 4 Units

    English I, English II, English III or Business English, English IV or Technical Writing

    Math = 4 Units

    Algebra I and 3 Units from the following: Geometry, Algebra II, Math Essentials, Financial Literacy, or Business Math

    Science = 2 Units

    Biology I and 1 Unit from one of the following: Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, or Agriscience I & II (one unit combined)

    Social Studies = 2 Units

    U.S. History & Civics

    Health/Physical Education = 2 Units

    Health Education & Physical Education I, II, JROTC (must take JROTC I & II to meet health education requirement).

    Jump Start = 9 Units

    Student must attain 9 units in the chosen pathway.  Each Jump Start student must earn an IBC (Industry Based Credential(s) aligned with their chosen pathway.  Some pathways require multiple credentials.

    Total Units = 23

     

    After you have attended high school for a minimum of two years, you and your parent, guardian, or custodian will complete a participation form indicating your choice of above diploma pathways.

    The TOPS University Diploma Pathway prepares students for entrance to a four-year Louisiana state university or for a career.

    The TOPS Tech (Jump Start) Diploma prepares students for a Louisiana state community college or technical school or for a career. 

    Students on both pathways must still take the ACT in the 11th grade and pass all required Leap 2025/EOC exams.