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Thompson offers three basic types of diplomas: The Alabama High School Diploma and the Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement (for current 12th and 11th graders only) and the updated Alabama High School Diploma (for current 9th graders). The Advanced Diploma is considered a guide for college preparation.

Requirements for the Alabama High School Diploma (Current Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)

English (equivalent of English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12) 4 credits
Math (equivalent of Algebra I, Geometry, two other Math electives) 4 credits
Science (equivalent of Biology, a physical science, two other sciences) 4 credits
Social Studies (equivalent of each grade level Soc. Studies according to ACOS) 4 credits
Physical Education 1 credit
Health Education 1/2 credit
Fine Arts Education 1/2 credit
Business Technology Essentials 1 credit
Electives 5 credits
Total Credits required for Alabama High School Diploma 24 credits

 

Requirements for the Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement (11th-12th grades)

English (equivalent of English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12) 4 credits
Math (Algebra I, Formal Geometry, Algebra II with Trig, Advanced Math) 4 credits
Science (Biology, a physical science, two advanced sciences) 4 credits
Social Studies (World History, US History 10, US History 11, Government/Economics) 4 credits
Physical Education 1 credit
Health Education 1/2 credit
Fine Arts Education 1/2 credit
Business Technology Essentials 1 credit
Foreign Language (two years in the same foreign language) 2 credits
Electives 3 credits
Total Credits Required for the Alabama Advanced Diploma 24 credits

 

Juniors & Seniors 2012-13

Freshmen & Sophomores 2012-13

In addition to meeting the above requirements for diploma, students in the 11th or 12th grade for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year must also pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam in order to receive their diploma. The passage of legislation on Sept. 11, 2009 states that upcoming freshmen and sophomores will not be required to take the AHSGE in order to graduate. Students will instead be required to pass end of the year exams that will make up a percentage of their overall grade.

 Diploma Guidelines for Graduating Class of 2017-2018 

The Alabama State Board of Education has adopted one diploma type for all students entering 9th grade during the 2013-14 or 2014-2015 school year:   The Alabama High School Diploma.

Requirements for the updated Alabama High School Diploma (current 9th-10th Graders Only)

English (equivalent of English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12) 4 credits
All levels acceptable, but Advanced, Honors, or AP recommended for College Prep students  
Math (equivalent of Algebra I and Geometry) 4 credits
Science (equivalent of Biology, a physical science, two additional sciences) 4 credits
Social Studies (World History since 1500, US History (both levels) and Gov't/Economics) 4 credits
Physical Education 1 credit
Health Education 1/2 credit
Career Preparedness 1 credit
Career Tech, Foreign Language, and/or Arts Education 3 credits

Encourage to complete two courses in a sequence:
Ex. Foreign Language 1 and Foreign Language 2, Theater 1 and Theater 2, etc.

 

Additional Credits/Electives 

 2 1/2 credits
Total Credits required for Alabama High School Diploma 24 credits

Summer School/Credit Recovery: Due to the state requirements for graduation, students need to plan to attend Summer School in order to make up all core classes failed. This is especially important for meeting Academics First standards. Students will NOT be allowed to take two English classes or two math classes during the same term except through Credit Recovery.

The NCAA does not currently recognize Shelby County's Credit Recovery program used during our summer school. Athletes needing courses for eligibility may need to utilize other programs offered in other systems.

College Admission: You need to check with the colleges of interest for core curriculum requirements, as they vary from one college to the next.

The Gifted Program will provide experiences and information to foster development of gifted adolescents with particular emphasis on success in high school and preparation for life after high school. Students are served through a resource program, not an academic class. There are no grades or assignments. All students enrolled in GRC at the middle school will continue that placement.

CREDITS REQUIRED FOR PROMOTION AND GRADUATION
  To be a Sophomore you must earn 6 credits To be a Senior you must earn 18 credits
  To be a Junior you must earn 12 credits To Graduate you must have completed 24 credits