Beginning with the 2018-19 freshman class, students will be able to customize their high school experience by choosing from four different degree options.
Available diploma tracks include Traditional Diploma, Career and Technical Education Endorsement, Academic Endorsement, or Distinguished Academic Diploma. Each option sets up the students for success after graduation whether they go on to college, the work force, a career and technical program or the military.
Also, beginning with the senior class of 2022, students who opt to earn an academic or distinguished academic diploma from a public high school are guaranteed acceptance into any of the state’s public universities. Students and parents are encouraged to talk with their school counselor to learn more about the opportunities for endorsements on their high school diploma.
The Mississippi Department of Education outlines requirements of each option:
- Traditional Diploma:Students must earn 24 credits* in a selection of required classes including; English, math, science, social studies, computer science, college and career readiness, health, art, physical education and electives. Local schools are allowed to add on certain graduation requirements.
*CHS requires 25 credits for students to graduate.
- Career and Technical Education Endorsement: students must earn 26 credit hours, including four credit hours from the same CTE program. Students must achieve at least a 2.5 GPA and score a silver level on the ACT WorkKeys test. Alongside their regular course and CTE courses students must successfully complete a dual credit course, work-based learning experience, or earn a national credential.
- Academic Endorsement: Students must earn 26 credits and score at least a 17 on the English section of the American College Test and at least a 19 on ACT math section. Students must also achieve at least a 3.0 GPA and successfully complete one AP course and exam, one International Baccalaureate course and exam, or one dual credit course, and at least a C must be earned in any advanced course taken.
- Distinguished Academic Endorsement: Students must earn 28 credits, successfully complete one AP course and exam, one International Baccalaureate course and exam, or one dual credit course, they must earn at least a B in the advanced course and achieve at least a 3.0 GPA overall. On the ACT students pursuing this endorsement must make at least an 18 on the English section and at least a 22 on the Math section.
For more information on each of the endorsement options, visit:
Press release by CPSD communication intern Lexey Monceaux.
Standard Diploma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zJKD_8jbQk
Career and Technical Education Endorsement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzkmGTQRnwI
Distinguished Academic Endorsement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVq8jGtpy3o