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DoDEA Graduation Requirements

DoDEA Graduation Requirements

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The 4-6 Year Academic/Postsecondary Plan allows students and families to plan and track their trajectory towards high school graduation. Completed by a DoDEA school counselor with the student, this tool is key in keeping students focused on meeting the DoDEA graduation requirements, intervening early on possible barriers, and working towards their postsecondary goals. Parents and sponsors should review this document often and foster discussions about with their student's about graduation and beyond.

This information identifies DoDEA's high school graduation requirements. Students who plan to pursue college athletics should also visit the NCAA Eligibility site to ensure their course taking aligns with NCAA eligibility requirements. The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children is now formally recognized as part of DoDEA's secondary education policy. Please consult with the school counselor for further guidance or questions regarding graduation requirements.


DoDEA graduation requirements differ depending on the year a student enters 9th grade. The requirements are identified below on three separate color-coded documents dated to correspond to the year of initial entry into 9th grade. These documents are intended to help students and parents to determine the number of credits and the distribution of credits by subject area required to receive a DoDEA standard diploma or an honors diploma. Please consult with your school counselor for further guidance or questions.

In which year did your student enter the 9th grade for the first time?

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2014 and 2015
School year 2016-17 and 2017-18

Entering 9th grade in school year 2016-17 and 2017-18

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2019 and Beyond
School Year 2019-20 (effective school year 2019-20)

Entering 9th grade in school year 2019-20 (class of 2023)

Graduation Requirements, Class of 2014 and 2015
School Year 2020-21 and Beyond (effective school year 2020-21)
Entering 9th grade in school year 2020-21 and Beyond