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Hamilton High School Graduation Requirements


4 credits      English (I, II, III, IV)
4 credits      Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
3 credits      Science (Physical, Biological, Advanced Science)
3 credits      Social Studies (World History, US History, US Gov’t)
1/2 credit    Health
1/2 credit    Physical Education*
1/2 credit    Fine Art
6 1/2 credits Electives


Students must show college and career readiness in order to graduate from high school. There are three different pathways to demonstrate college and career readiness. Regardless of the pathway the student takes, all students are required to take the AIR (end of course exams).

1) AIR (End Of Course Exams)
Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using seven end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies.

End-of-course exams are:
• Algebra I and Geometry
• Biology
• US History and US Government
• English I and English II

2) Industry credential and workforce readiness
Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The state of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment.

3) College and career readiness tests
Students earn “remediation-free” scores in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take either the ACT or SAT free of charge. The student’s district selection applies to all schools in the district for one school year. Test selection may change from one school year to the next.
Current ACT scores: English 18, Reading 22, Math 22
Current SAT scores: Critical Reading 450, Writing 430, Math 520

*Physical Education Waiver
Students wishing to utilize the Physical Education Waiver MUST notify their counselor at the time of scheduling in February and complete the application in full.  Application is available by clicking the button below.
The two full season requirement must be completed by the end of a student’s junior year to eliminate the possibility of not fulfilling the waiver requirements and failing to graduate. The two full season requirement may NOT be completed by “mixing and matching” athletics and other approved activities.

Honors Diploma Requirements

Students in the state of Ohio have the opportunity to earn an honors diploma.
Students need to fulfill 7 out of the 8 criteria in order to qualify:

Course Subject Academic Honors Career Technical Honors
English 4 credits 4 credits
Mathematics 4 credits
(including Algebra I, Geometry,
Algebra IIor the equivalent and
another higher level course)
4 credits
(including Algebra I, Geometry,
Algebra IIor the equivalent and
another higher level course)
Science 4 credits
(including Chemistry
and Physics)
4 credits
(including 2 credits
of advanced science)
Social Studies 4 credits 4 credits
Foreign Language 3 credits
(must include 3 credits of
one language or
2 credits of 2 languages = 4 credits)
Fine Arts 1 credit N/A
Electives N/A 4 credits of CTE Program Coursework
Grade Point Average 3.5 on a 4.0 scale 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
(excluding writing scores)
27 ACT or 1210 SAT 27 ACT or 1210 SAT
Additional Assessment N/A Achieve proficiency benchmark
established for appropriate
Ohio Career Technical Competency Assessment
or equivalent

Grade Point Average Calculation and Class Rank

Grade Point Average Calculation
Each grade that students received at the semester for courses taken throughout their high school career will count in the calculation of their grade point average (GPA). A student’s grade point average will be calculated and rounded to two decimal places. Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus, and Honors level courses taken at Hamilton High School will be weighted on a 5 point scale.

Class Rank
Class Rank at Hamilton High School is determined based on weighted grade point average calculation. Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and top twenty students in the senior class is determined at the end of the seventh semester. In order to be eligible for valedictorian and salutatorian ranking, students must be enrolled at Hamilton High School for two semesters of their senior year.

*Students who transfer to Hamilton High School will be calculated into the GPA and class ranking once official transcripts are received and entered into the student management system.

Middle School Credits

Students can receive high school credit during 8th grade for Algebra I only. If another course is taken in another district it can be noted on the transcript as a pass credit, but will not be calculated into the grade point average nor counted toward the 22 credit graduation requirement.

Advanced Placement Courses

  • Students at Hamilton High School who receive a teacher recommendation and complete pre-requisite course work have the opportunity to take 11 different AP courses.
  • Colleges and Universities consider the rigor of a student’s high school schedule strongly in their admissions decisions.
  • Students who take AP Courses are responsible for completing this work and for taking responsibility for their own learning that must be done outside the classroom. Students taking one or more AP Course can expect a significant amount of work to be completed as homework. The benefit of these courses is the level of challenge and rigor students are exposed to during the course of the school year. In addition to being prepared for the AP Exam, these students have experienced a college level class while still in high school. That experience alone provides a positive benefit for the student at the college level regardless of the score earned on the AP Test.

Students and parents need to be aware of the changing landscape as it pertains to AP scores. Universities across the country have different standards for what, if any, AP credit they will accept. Students and parents need to investigate these standards as they complete their college applications.Advanced Placement coursework offers the high school student the opportunity to challenge him or herself at the college level while still taking advantage of the high school setting for support and teacher-student interaction.

  • The AP Exam calendar can be found by visiting www.apcentral.collegeboard.org

Only students who receive a grade of “D” or above and are recommended by their AP course teacher will be permitted to take the AP Exam at the expense of the Hamilton City School District.

Credit Flexibility Program

Credit Flexibility
Credit flexibility shifts the focus from “seat time” to performance. Students can earn units of high school credit based on an individually approved credit flexibility plan. The intent of credit flexibility is to meet increased expectations for high school graduation in response to globalization, technology and demographics, and to meet the demand for 21st century skills.
Students can earn high school credit by:
1 – completing coursework
2 – showing mastery of course content
3 – pursuing an educational option and/or an individually approved option and/or
4 – any combination of the above
Students interested in the “credit flex” option need to schedule a meeting with their counselor to receive the application packet and discuss their plan.

Credit Flex Approval Form

HSS credit flex application



College Credit Plus

The College Credit Plus allows Ohio high school students to earn college credit and/or high school graduation credit through successful completion of college courses. Students who wish to participate, with their parents must attend a mandatory annual meeting held each school year to be informed and complete intent forms for Hamilton High School.

College Credit Plus Presentation

College Credit Plus Fact Sheet

College Credit Plus Intent to Participate

Sinclair Community College

Authorization Form

CCP Application

Miami University Hamilton

Authorization Form

CCP Application

Ohio Board of Regents College Credit Plus Website

NCAA or NAIA College Athletics

Students who wish to pursue athletics at the collegiate level either through the National College Athletic Association or the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics needs to meet the academic requirements for the appropriate association. These requirements are listed on www.ncaa.org or www.naia.org. Students should alert their school counselor that they are pursuing this path at their earliest awareness.
NCAA Eligibility Calculator
Dynamite Sports, Inc. provides Hamilton High School with the ability to create an eligibility calculator for student athletes who are interested in playing NCAA athletics to check their status each semester to be sure they are meeting all academic standards and requirements. Their school counselor can set up an account where they can access this information.

Summer School

Students in grades 7-12 have the ability to complete credit recovery in summer school at a cost to the family during the months of June and July each year. This is student’s best option at completing credit recovery in order to meet the course requirement for graduation.

Credit Recovery

Credit Recovery is offered at Hamilton High School at a cost of $25.00 per 1/2 credit course. A $25 fee will be added to students’ unwaived school fees. This fee will have to be paid before the student can graduate. Students seeking to complete credit recovery must meet with their school counselor to receive an application form.

Please read the following information for specific details:

  • Students may only be enrolled in ONE course at a time. Upon completion of a course, students may enroll in another class.
  • Successful completion of a course is defined as completing all required coursework (including final exam) and earning a passing grade.
  • If a student has study hall or available period, the student will be assigned  to go to the credit recovery lab.
  • If the student does not have a study hall, the student will need to attend a one- time after school orientation session. This involves watching an orientation video, receiving login information, and taking a pre-test.  This will be on a Tuesday or Thursday at 2:30.
  • Students in the credit recovery lab or the after school option can work independently at home or may choose to stay after school in the lab on Tuesdays and Thursday (2:30-4:30) to complete their course.


English as a Second Language Programming

Hamilton High School offers ESL English courses as well as an ESL resource period to non-English speaking students.
Students must meet the following criteria to be placed in an ESL English class:

-Must be identified as limited English proficient (LEP) at beginning or
intermediate language levels on most recent Language Assessment Scale (LAS) or
Ohio Test of English Language Assessment (OTELA).
-Have been attending U.S. schools for less than three years
-Have not passed reading or writing portions of the most recent Achievement Test
or Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).
Students must meet the following criteria to be placed in an ESL Resource Period:
-Identified as limited English proficient (LEP)
-Have not passed all portions of the most recent Achievement Test or Ohio
Graduation Test
-Need additional English language support to be successful in subject area classes

Graduation Acknowledgements

At our graduation ceremony, seniors wear any assortment of cords, sashes, and pins to acknowledge their accomplishments at Hamilton High School. Below listed are the various ways students can participate and earn these acknowledgements:

Community Service Pin – Student must have completed 75+ volunteer hours. These students wear a pin on their graduation gown.

Red Cord – Student must have donated blood at least 3 times in grades 9-12. These students wear a red cord.

National Honor Society Stole – Student must be a National Honor Society member, attend 75% of meetings and participate in at least 5 activities per year. These students wear a yellow stole.

National Technical Honor Society Stole – Student must be an active senior member of the National Technical Honor Society and maintain a grade of “A” in their Career Technical Program, no grades below a “C” in any other scheduled courses, and no more than three absences (4 tardies equal 1 absence). These students wear a silver and purple stole.

ASTRA Star Pin – Student must be an active member of ASTRA, attend 75% of meetings and participate in at least 5 activities per year. These students wear an ASTRA star pin on their graduation gown.

Science Scholars – Student must have taken 5 credits of Science and received a 3.0+ GPA in those courses. This is indicated by a green cord.

International Thespian Society – Upon earning 10 points, approximately 100 hours of service, students are eligible to be inducted into the International Thespian Society. Members must pay an induction fee and are inducted during the Drama Awards ceremony at the end of each school year. Students continue to earn points after induction. There are varying levels of achievements, which include Honor Thespian. Inducted Thespians must accumulate 60 or more points (600+ hours) during their high school years in order to earn Honor status. The colors of the cords are dependent upon the number of points they’ve earned. 10-24 points = blue, 25-39 points = blue and gold, 40-59 = gold cords. Stole color is based on gender, boys = white, girls = blue. Both stoles have gold decoration.

Honor Thespians – Inducted Thespians of the International Thespian Society must accumulate 60 or more points (600+ hours) during their high school years in order to earn Honor status. Honor Thespians are permitted to wear stoles at graduation and the color is dictated by the number of service points they have received.

Summa Cum Laude – Student has received an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.9-4.0. These students wear a gold cord.

Magna Cum Laude – Student has received an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.8-3.89. These students wear a silver cord.

Cum Laude – Student has received an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.6-3.79. These students wear a white cord.

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