The district has created three Pathways to Graduation to boost student achievement and assist families with educational planning: The Advanced Scholar Pathway, the College Scholar Pathway and the Technical/College Pathway.
Each Pathway provides rigorous and relevant course options that help students successfully complete the requirements for earning a high school diploma from the state. The Pathways also prepare students for future success and allow our graduates to uniquely distinguish themselves as they apply to colleges, universities, and technical schools, or enter the workforce.
The Pathways provide a roadmap to success. Students are free to pursue different Pathways later or multiple Pathways at the same time. No matter which Pinellas Pathway(s) students choose, they will be eligible for any or all of the diploma designations below, if they meet the necessary requirements.
Advanced Scholar PathwayThis course of study includes a rigorous series of required and elective courses that best prepare students seeking admission to competitive four-year universities both in and out of state. This Pathway aligns with Pinellas County School’s Advanced Scholar diploma designation.
Students who choose the Advanced Scholar Pathway will also have the opportunity to be recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars by the district and the College Board
This course of study includes a rigorous series of required and elective courses that best prepare students seeking admission to universities or two- to four-year college degree programs both in and out of state. This Pathway aligns with the state’s Scholar diploma designation.
This course of study offers the opportunity for students to challenge themselves in specific academic and elective areas of interest, earn nationally recognized industry certifications and seek admission to universities, two- to four-year college degree or technical programs both in and out of state. This Pathway aligns with the state’s Merit diploma designation.
Diploma DesignationsStudents have the ability to earn three new diploma seals, also known as diploma designations: the state’s new Scholar and Merit designations and Pinellas County School’s new Advanced Scholar designation.
Students who meet all of the requirements for a state Scholar designation and earn a score of 3 or better on three Advanced Placement examinations will be eligible for the district’s Advanced Scholar seal. As stated above, they will also be eligible for recognition by the College Board.
Find out more about the Diploma Designations here
. Find out more about graduation requirements here
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