A new state law updates high school graduation requirements for students who
enter ninth grade in the 2013-14 school year and later, and establishes new
Diploma Designations for standard high school diplomas. Students who earn a high
school diploma can also earn new diploma seals: a Scholar designation or a Merit
designation. District students will also have the opportunity to earn Pinellas
County School’s Advanced Scholar designation. Students may earn any or all of
these designations, but they are not required to do so.
Students seeking a state Scholar
designation must satisfy specific course and testing requirements above and
beyond those required for a standard diploma.
State “Merit” Designation
seeking a state Merit designation must attain one or more industry
certifications from the state’s approved list.
Pinellas “Advanced Scholar”
Students who meet all of the requirements for a
state Scholar diploma designation and earn a score of 3 or better on
three Advanced Placement examinations will be eligible for the district’s
Advanced Scholar seal. They will also be eligible for recognition by the College Board.
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