Florida - Graduation Requirements: Additional Graduation Requirements

Area: 
Additional Graduation Requirements
Policy Type: 
Rule
Summary: 

Florida requires 10 credits of "other" specifications for graduation.

Body: 

Additionally, Florida requires the following for graduation.

One credit in fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or practical arts.—The practical arts course must incorporate artistic content and techniques of creativity, interpretation, and imagination.

One credit in physical education.—Physical education must include the integration of health. Participation in an interscholastic sport at the junior varsity or varsity level for two full seasons shall satisfy the one-credit requirement in physical education if the student passes a competency test on personal fitness with a score of “C” or better. The competency test on personal fitness developed by the Department of Education must be used. A district school board may not require that the one credit in physical education be taken during the 9th grade year.

Eight credits in electives.—School districts must develop and offer coordinated electives so that a student may develop knowledge and skills in his or her area of interest, such as electives with a STEM or liberal arts focus.

ONLINE COURSE REQUIREMENT.— At least one course within the 24 credits required under this section must be completed through online learning. A school district may not require a student to take the online course outside the school day or in addition to a student’s courses for a given semester. An online course taken in grade 6, grade 7, or grade 8 fulfills this requirement.

Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
02/11/2015