Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a high school diploma in Georgia, a student must complete the required number of units and pass the mandated Georgia State Board of Education tests. Students who attend the Mountain Education Charter High School arrive at different levels in their education; therefore, different sets of requirements apply. Students who have withdrawn from a public school must meet the graduation requirements for the graduating class in which they re-enroll. Full time students may elect to receive a Mountain Education Charter High School diploma or a diploma from one of the MECHS collaborative high schools. Students electing to receive a MECHS diploma shall meet the graduation requirements outlined below. Students electing to receive a collaborative school diploma must complete the graduation requirements of that school (this may be more units than required by the MECHS). The Georgia Board of Education and MECHS require students to earn the number of units specified in the applicable State Board rule. 

Students Who Entered the 9th Grade During 2008-09 School Year and Thereafter

 AREAS OF STUDY UNITS REQUIRED
   
 English/Language Arts* 4
 Mathematics* 4**
 Science* 4
 The 4th Science Unit may be used to meet both the science and elective requirement.
 Social Studies* 3
 CTAE and/or Modern Language/Latin and/or Fine Arts 3
 Health and Physical Education* 1
 Electives 4
 TOTAL UNITS (MINIMUM) 23

*Required Courses and/or Core Courses

**Students entering ninth grade in 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 only, who earn credit in Mathematics I and Mathematics II or GPS Algebra and GPS Geometry, along with 2 additional core mathematics courses, will have satisfied the minimum mathematics requirements for high school graduation. 

Full Time students who choose to receive a MECHS diploma are allowed to graduate throughout the year after completing graduation requirements. In the spring of each year, MECHS conducts a graduation ceremony for all students who have completed requirements during that school year. This is a very meaningful ceremony for students and their families, and all students are encouraged to participate. 

Students who entered the 9th grade prior to the 2008-2009 school year should reference the Student Handbook for Graduation Requirements.