Questions and Answers

Are there specific course requirements for each curricular content area, such as English, social studies, math, and science?

Yes. The specific course requirements are listed in the section above based upon the year of entry into 9th grade.

Can a student earn PE credit by taking the DoDEA JROTC course?

Yes. Two years of JROTC taken in a DODEA school satisfies the 0.5 course credit for Lifetime Sports.

Does DODEA award a certificate of attendance or other high school documentation like many U.S. school systems?

No. Students graduating from a DODEA high school can only receive the standard or Honors diploma.

Does DoDEA have a minimum grade point average to graduate?

Yes. For receipt of the standard diploma, a cumulative 2.0 GPA is required and for the Honors diploma, a cumulative 3.8 GPA is required.

Does DODEA weight the grades earned in an Honors course?

No. DODEA does not weight course grades in Honors courses due to the variance in course rigor throughout U.S. school systems.

Have the mathematics course requirements changed?

Yes. Beginning with the 9th grade class of school year 2012-13, DODEA requires 4.0 credits of mathematics to graduate to include, Algebra I, Geometry, and two additional courses with course codes greater than 400). Additionally, 3 credits must be earned during grades 9-12.

I am transferring from a stateside school; will I be able to graduate from a DoDEA high school?

Upon entry in a DODEA school, your local high school guidance counselor will review the official transcript from your former school to determine which courses meet DoDEA graduation requirements and what additional coursework is needed to graduate - this process is referred to as the transcript review.

Is there a process to allow my high school child to make up course credits that are required for graduation?

Yes. Options include taking courses from the DODEA Virtual School and summer school make-up courses. Please see your local DODEA guidance counselor and administrator for additional information.

My child began high school in the U.S. during school year 2012-13 and is now enrolling in a DODEA high school as a junior. How can I figure out what the requirements are to graduate from DODEA?

Your child’s graduation requirements are those established for DODEA students entering 9th grade during school year 2012-13. Please see the section above for the specific requirements.

My child does not have a 2.0 GPA, will they be able to graduate on time?

DODEA does require a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Your local DODEA guidance counselor will frequently discuss your child’s academic progress and options available; please see them for additional information.

My child is a transferring to a DoDEA high school during their senior year, what supports are available to ensure that she graduates on time?

DODEA recognizes that military and civilian depends may transition frequently during their high school years. There are several options available to assist students with an on-time graduation, to include the Interstate Compact Agreement, Senior Year Transfer Options, and an Exception Process. Speak with your local DODEA guidance counselor of administrator for additional information.

My child is entering 9th grade in August 2014, what are the requirements for high school graduation?

The requirements for students entering 9th grade beginning school year 2014-15 are identified on this webpage; please see the section above.

What are the options to assist my child to graduate on-time when they have not earned all the minimum requirements?

There are several options available to assist students with an on-time graduation, to include the Military Interstate Compact Agreement and an Exception Process. Speak with your local DODEA guidance counselor or administrator for additional information.

What are the requirements for graduating from a DoDEA high school?

The requirements to earn a standard diploma are 26.0 course credits, completion of specific courses (e.g., Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, etc.), and a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Additional requirements are needed to receive the Honors Diploma. The requirements for graduation are determined the year in which a student enters 9th grade; Refer to links provided on this webpage for additional information.

What does grade point average mean and how is this calculated?

Grade point average, or GPA, refers to the averages of the quality point value that corresponds to the course grade earned. DODEA utilizes standard un-weighted quality point values (4-point scale) and weighted + quality point values (5-point scale) for computing GPAs. Weighted grades will be indicated by a “+” sign following the course title on the transcript. These scales include:

DODEA Grade/Quality Point System


Numerical Range

Un-weighted Quality Points

Quality Points


90 – 100




80 – 89




70 – 79




60 – 69




 0 – 59



What is the difference in graduation requirements for the standard diploma vs. the Honors’ Diploma?

The Honors diploma requires the completion of four Advanced Placement courses and the requisite exams, and a 3.8 GPA. Beginning with the 9th grade class of 2015-16, an additional 0.5 credit is required in economic literacy in career technical education, social studies, science or mathematics.

Where can I find additional information regarding the DODEA high school curriculum?

Additional information is available on our Curriculum page. 

Which courses will receive a weighted course grade?

DODEA awards weighted course grades to student’s who take the requisite Advanced Placement exam.

Who can help answer additional questions regarding high school graduation?

Your local DODEA school guidance counselor or administrator can assist.