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Traditional Diploma with Endorsements

Mississippi students now have the opportunity to make their high school diploma more valuable. Starting in 2018-19, all 9th graders will choose whether they want to work toward a Traditional Diploma, or take additional classes to earn an academic, distinguished academic or career and technical education endorsement.

Each diploma option will prepare students to be successful after graduation, whether that be in the workforce, a career and technical training program or college. Also, beginning with incoming 9th graders in 2018-19, students who earn an academic or distinguished academic diploma endorsement from a public high school will be accepted into any of the state’s public universities.

Students are encouraged to talk with their school counselor to learn more about Mississippi’s Traditional high school diploma and opportunities to earn endorsements.

Mississippi High School Diploma and Endorsement Options Requirements 

Traditional Diploma

  • Earn 24 credits (Carnegie Units) in a selection of required classes including English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology or Computer Science, College and Career Readiness, Health, Art, Physical Education and electives
  • Local school districts may add graduation requirements to the state requirements

Traditional Diploma + Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement

  • Earn 26 credits
  • Earn four credits from the same CTE program
  • Achieve at least a 2.5 grade point average
  • Score at silver level on ACT WorkKeys
  • Successfully complete a dual credit course, a work-based learning experience or earn a national credential

Traditional Diploma + Academic Endorsement

  • Earn 26 credits
  • Score at least 17 on ACT English section
  • Score at least 19 on ACT Math section
  • Achieve at least a 2.5 grade point average
  • Successfully complete one Advanced Placement course and AP exam, one International Baccalaureate course and exam, or one dual credit course
  • Earn at least a C in the advanced course

Traditional Diploma + Distinguished Academic Endorsement

  • Earn 28 credits
  • Score at least 18 on ACT English section
  • Score at least 22 on ACT Math section
  • Achieve at least a 3.0 grade point average
  • Successfully complete one Advanced Placement course and AP exam, one International Baccalaureate course and exam, or one dual credit course
  • Earn at least a B in the advanced course

Alternate Diploma

  • Students who have met the criteria of having a Significant Cognitive Disabilities (SCD) may participate in a program of study to earn the Alternate Diploma.
  • Earn 24 Carnegie Units in a selection of required classes including English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health, Career Readiness, Life Skills Development, the Arts, and Electives
  • Required to participate in the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program-Alternate (MAAP-A) and achieve a level of Passing or Proficient
  • The state defined Alternate Diploma is included in graduation rates in the same manner as a traditional diploma. 

Diploma Endorsement Options Seals

Click on the link above for information regarding seals that the school may use for student diplomas that represent the three different endorsement options. 

Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy Options Seals

Participating School Districts Only, click on the link above for specifications and information regarding printing seals that the school may use for the gold and silver levels. 

Resources

Mississippi State Board of Education Graduation Policies

Mississippi High School Diploma and Endorsement Options Communication Toolkit for Parents

 

High School Programs and Innovative Programs, MVPS