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Different Routes to a Diploma

Unlike many states, Virginia offers a menu of high school diplomas for students with different needs. Below are the most common options students pursue. The list is expected to grow in 2010 with the addition of two technical education diplomas.


DIPLOMA DESCRIPTION NUMBER OF CREDITS REQUIRED 2008 STUDENTS WITH DIPLOMA
Standard DiplomaThe basic requirement for graduation.22 Standard Credits, 6 Verified Credits*33,265
Advanced Studies DiplomaA more rigorous set of requirements for students who want to pursue a degree at a four-year college.24 Standard Credits, 9 Verified Credits*41,894
Modified Standard Diploma/Special DiplomaFor students who have learning disabilities or are unlikely to meet the requirements for the Standard Diploma.20 Standard Credits (Modified Standard Diploma)3,765
General Education Development Certificate (GED)A high school equivalency test for the home schooled, incarcerated or other types of students.N/A3,737

*Verified credits are classes that requre students to pass end-of-course state tests in the subject.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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