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High School Graduation

Student Progression & Graduation  

Pasco County Schools is committed to ensuring families have all resources needed to plan for their student’s path to high school graduation and beyond. Below are important resources for families to review to ensure their student is on track for graduation. Please contact your School Counselor with questions or for guidance. 

Helpful Resources:  

Student Progression Plan (SPP) – This document encompasses all information related to student progression in Pasco County Schools.  

The Florida Department of Education Standard Diploma Requirements contains all requirements for graduation.

Students entering high school may choose from one of five options to earn a standard diploma. They are

  • 24-credit program (the most common option for Pasco County Students)
  • 18-credit, Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) option
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum (see page 80 of the Student Progression Plan)
  • An Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) curriculum (see page 79 of the Student Progression Plan)

Students earn credits for high school courses which are completed successfully. A year long course earns a student 1.0 credit and a semester course earns a student .5 credit.

Students must have a 2.0 unweighted Grade Point Average (GPA) to graduate from high school. GPA is calculated based on the number of high school courses taken, grades earned and weighting of the courses taken.

The unweighted GPA is used to meet the high school graduation GPA requirement. To properly compute an unweighted GPA, the following formula is used:

GPA = 4 (# of A grades)
+ 3 (# of B grades)
+ 2 (# of C grades)
+ 1 (# of D grades)
+ 0 (# of F grades)
÷ Total Number of Semester Grades

The weighted GPA is calculated based on:

Honors, identified Pre-International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge Pre-AICE courses taken which receive quality points as follows per credit earned:

A = 4.5
B = 3.5
C = 2.5
D = 1.5
F = 0

and/or Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge AICE and Dual Enrollment courses receive quality points as follows per credit earned:

A = 5
B = 4
C = 3
D = 2
F = 0

Students must pass the Grade 10 English Language Arts (ELA) exam or earn a concordant score and the Algebra 1 end of course (EOC) exam or earn a comparative score.

Cohort Concordant/Comparative Scores**
Available for students who entered grade 9 in 2018-2019 and beyond:

Students can only use newly adopted scores For Grade 10 FSA ELA:

• 480 on SAT EBRW or

• An average of 18 on ACT English and Reading

For Algebra 1 EOC:

• 430 on PSAT/NMSQT or

• 420 on SAT Math or

• 16 on ACT Math or

499 on FLDOE Geometry EOC

Available only for students who entered grade 9 between 2010-2011 and 2017-2018:

Students can use last-adopted scores

For Grade 10 FSA ELA:

• 430 on SAT EBRW or

• 24 on SAT Reading subtest or

• 19 on ACT Reading

For Algebra 1 EOC:

• 97 on PERT Mathematics

* Students enrolled in Algebra 1 during the 19-20 school year (completed by 7/24/20), regardless of grade level were not required to take the Algebra 1 EOC. For these students who did not already have an EOC exam score, the two semester Algebra 1 grades will count in the academic history and GPA calculation since there was no 30% calculation. As with all other cohorts, students must still meet the mathematics assessment graduation requirement by either passing the Algebra 1 EOC, earning a concordant comparative score, or earning a passing score on the Geometry EOC.

**Current (2021) seniors expected to graduate in Spring 2021 and who have not met the exit criteria for Algebra I EOC and/or Grade 10 ELA FSA, or earned a concordant or comparative score, this criterion will be waived. However, students still must earn the necessary credits and meet the GPA requirements to graduate.  The deadline to receive this Covid 20 waiver will be survey five (7/30/21).

***For students who successfully complete a course (have passing semester grades or the average of the two semester grades resulting in a yearlong passing grade), in the 20-21 school year (by 7/30/21) that includes a statewide EOC, the 30% calculation will only be applied when the calculation does not negatively impact the student’s yearlong grade. For students who do not have the 30% calculation applied or do not have a score from the EOC exam, it is only the two semester grades that will that count in the academic history and GPA calculation since there will be no 30% calculation. For these students, there will be no teacher assigned yearlong grades for applicable EOC courses. This is a permanent waiver.

****Students do not have to sit for the Algebra 1 EOC or the Grade 10 FSA ELA assessment prior to using a concordant or comparative score.

Student Progression & Course Selection  

Pasco County Schools offer a wide variety of courses for our secondary students. Families can visit our course catalog to assist in selecting the courses that will allow students to successfully progress through our system and to graduate college and career ready. Teachers, school counselors and administrators are available to help families with each step of the decision-making process. 

Pasco County Schools Course Catalog 

Please use the menu bar above to navigate the catalog. The catalog can be searched by category or full list. The category list has the courses listed by subject, while the full list is an alphabetical listing. There is a search bar at the top of each page to assist in navigation. 

Please note course availability will vary from campus to campus.