Pinellas Pathways to Graduation

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    Pinellas County Schools developed Pathways to Graduation to provide students with a roadmap of course options to ensure that they graduate prepared for their educational and career goals after high school.


    There are three Pathways: The Advanced Scholar Pathway, the College Scholar Pathway and the Technical/College Pathway.


    Each Pathway provides course options that help students complete the requirements for earning a high school diploma. The Pathways also allow our graduates to distinguish themselves when they apply to colleges, universities and technical schools, or enter the workforce.

    Students can choose different Pathways later or multiple Pathways at the same time. No matter which Pathway(s) students choose, they will be eligible for any or all of the diploma seals, also known as Diploma Designations: the state’s Scholar and Merit designations and Pinellas County Schools Advanced Scholar designation.
    Find out about the Diploma Designations. See the High School Education webpage to learn about graduation requirements and programs. More information about graduation requirements and Diploma Designations are available on the Florida Department of Education website.

    Advanced Scholar Pathway

    This Pathway 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. Options include college-level courses, such as Advanced Placement courses, dual enrollment courses and courses offered in International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education programs.


    The Pathway aligns with the Pinellas County Schools Advanced Scholar diploma designation. Students who choose the Advanced Scholar Pathway will have the opportunity to be recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars by the district and the College Board.


    College Pathway

    This Pathway includes advanced courses that best prepare students who plan to attend universities or pursue two-year college degrees. Students in this Pathway should be taking honors-level courses and should consider taking college-level courses. This Pathway aligns with the state’s Scholar diploma designation.

    Technical/College Pathway

    This Pathway prepares students to earn a degree or certification at a technical school or college. Students are encouraged to participate in career academies, earn nationally recognized industry certifications and challenge themselves in career and technical electives. This Pathway aligns with the state’s Merit diploma designation.