Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 26 specified credits.
The 26 required credits for students on an IEP may vary from those listed below.





4 credits

EOC Testing

Algebra I

Algebra II



English I & II

US History








Civics Test & Project


4 credits


3 credits

Social Studies

3 credits


1 credit

Physical Education

.5 credit

Personal Finance

.5 credit

Elective Focus Area

3 credits

Foreign Language

2 credits

Fine Art

1 credit


4 credits


26 credits



4 - English (English 9,10,11,12)

4 - Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, 1 higher math class) *You must pass one math every school year

3 - Science (Physical Science, Biology 1, Chemistry or Physics)

3 - History (Government/Economics, US History, World History)

1 - Lifetime Wellness

2 - Foreign Language

1 - Fine Art

1/2 - Personal Finance

1/2 - Physical Education

3 - Elective Focus/Program of Study (3 classes in the same area or career field beyond any core requirements)
4 - Other Electives

Every student must take the ACT as well as the Government/Civics Test to be eligible for graduation in the state of Tennessee. 

 (administered student’s junior year)


ACT Benchmarks:

English 18

Math 22

Reading 22

Science 23








Civics Test Graduation Requirement (administered during US Govt. classes)




District Honors:  All requirements for a regular diploma must be fulfilled and must have a 3.5 GPA or higher.


State Honors: All requirements for a regular diploma and must have a 3.0 GPA and score at or above all the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT. 


Graduation with Distinction:

Students earning Graduation with Distinction will be recognized as graduating with distinction by attaining a 3.0 GPA and completing at least one of the following:


  • Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
  • Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
  • Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
  • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two Advanced Placement exams
  • Earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit




Students must be enrolled at Greenbrier High School Junior and Senior year for ranking purposes.  All the following will be used in determining rank:


  • Must have 8 courses designated as Advanced, AP, and/or Dual Enrollment on transcript
  • Final scores of State Mandated End-of-Course Tests (Biology I, English II, Algebra I) will be used in determining final ranking
  • Highest composite ACT score (on file at the time of calculation) will be used in determining final ranking
  • In the event multiple students are equal on all outlined criteria, multiple valedictorians will be recognized.


Last updated: 4/24/19 (EE)

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