DoDEA Graduation Requirements

4–6 Year Academic Postsecondary Plan

The 4–6 Year Academic/Postsecondary Plan is an important tool used by the DoDEA guidance counselor, in collaboration with the student, to develop the high school graduation plan. This plan assists each student in tracking academic progress throughout high school and in the completion of specific course requirements for graduation.

This web page identifies DoDEA's high school graduation requirements. The high school graduation policy, 2001.1 parallels the trend of U.S. school systems to require additional mathematics courses and embed college and career readiness (knowledge, skills and dispositions) into secondary academic endeavors. Also, the revised policy provides assurance that students will receive a challenging secondary experience––one that prepares each student to achieve his or her potential academically, social, emotionally, and physically for college, careers, and life. Upon graduation from a DoDEA high school, students will have experienced an academically rigorous secondary education, one that is designed to place students in a competitive position when seeking entrance into 2- or 4-year colleges, certificate training programs (e.g., dental technology, computer technology, child care, etc.), or the workforce. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children is now formally recognized as part of DoDEA’s secondary education policy.


DoDEA graduation requirements differ depending on the year a student enters 9th grade. Students can obtain a copy of the requirements from their guidance counselor or see below for easy download. The requirements are identified on three separate color-coded documents and dated to correspond to the year of initial entry into 9th grade. These documents are intended to help students and parents (in consultation with the school guidance counselor) to determine the number of credits and the distribution of credits by subject area in order to receive a DoDEA standard diploma or an honors diploma.

Class of 2014 & 2015

Entering 9th grade in school years 2010–11 (Class of 2014) and 2011–12 (Class of 2015) These requirements are also applicable to students who attended DoDEA schools beginning in school year 2004-2005.