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Oregon Diploma

The Oregon Diploma is designed to prepare each student for success in all aspects of their life, including college and career, citizenship, and life-long learning. 

To earn a diploma, students need to successfully complete the following: 

  • demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills,
  • complete personalized learning requirements, and 
  • earn credit requirements.
Districts may have additional requirements beyond the state minimum requirements; check your school district’s website for details.

Graduation Requirements

Demonstrate Proficiency in the Essential Skills
The Essential Skills are cross-disciplinary skills that students should be developing throughout grades K- 12. The assessment of the Essential Skills is suspended as a requirement for  receiving a high school diploma during the 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 school years. Please see the  Essential Skills page for more details.

Personalized Learning Requirements
The Personalized Learning Requirements personalize the diploma for each student and help students plan for their post-high school education and career goals. These include the Education Plan and Profile, Extended Application, and Career-Related Learning Experiences.

Credit Requirements
The table below outlines the credit requirements for the Oregon Diploma. Each content area links to the adopted State Standards for that area. For more information on awarding credit, see the Options for Awarding Credit page. 

Subject Areas

Requirements

Notes (See subject area pages for more information)

Language Arts

4 credits



Access to Linguistic Inclusion (2021) removed the word “English” from the Language Arts standards 

Mathematics

3 credits



Must be Algebra I and above 

Courses aligned to the adopted Algebra, Geometry, and Data Reasoning standards meet this requirement   

Science

3 credits

 

Must include Scientific Inquiry and Lab Experiences

Lab experiences can take place outside of school, in field-based experiences

Social Sciences

3 credits



Must include at least 0.5 credit from Civics, starting with students graduating in 2026

Health

1 credit


Physical Education

1 credit


World Languages


Arts


Career and Technical Education

3 credits


Credits may come from any of these content areas. 

Electives

6 credits


Total

24 Credits 



Additional Resources

Honors Diploma Seal Request Form
An Oregon honors diploma seal is available for public school students who have obtained a GPA of 3.5 or above. Use the form linked above to submit your request.

High School Exit Options

As Oregon students work to be successful in their next steps (e.g., postsecondary education and training, workforce entry, career school, apprenticeship, military) the Department of Education is committed to ensuring a variety of options are available to meet all students’ needs.

Modified Diploma, Extended Diploma and Alternative Certificates
This page gives an explanation of all diploma types available for students so they are prepared for postsecondary education experience, integrated employment, and citizenship.

Oregon’s High School Equivalency Program
Oregon’s High School Equivalency Program, administered by the HECC Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) oversees the GED® test preparation, instruction, and testing process in Oregon. 

For more information on this topic, please email Kristidel McGregor or call (503) 947-0500.