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  • General Diploma
  • Core 40 Diploma - Regular Track
  • Core 40 Diploma - Honors Track

Succeeding With Core 40

Core 40 became Indiana's required high school curriculum in the fall of 2007. Students entering high school since that time are expected to complete Core 40 as a graduation requirement. By providing all Indiana students a balanced sequence of academically rigorous high school courses in the core subjects of English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies; physical education/health and wellness; and electives including world languages, career/technical, and fine arts, the Core 40 requirement gives all our students the opportunity to compete with the best. That's great news for Indiana students.

Get more information on Core 40 and diploma requirements from the Indiana Department of Education.

Indiana's Core 40 is the academic foundation all students need to succeed in college, apprenticeship programs, military training, and the workforce.

  • Challenging Courses = Big Rewards. Students who take strong academic courses in high school are more likely to succeed in college and earn a degree. That's important, because higher education pays: On average, college graduates earn more than a million dollars more over a lifetime than those with only a high school education.
  • What Employers and Training Programs Want. Employers, apprenticeship programs and the military all agree - they expect you to arrive with essential skills, including speaking and writing clearly, analyzing information, conducting research, and solving complex problems all while expecting you to identify the most useful connections to accomplish the task at hand.
  • Preparation for College Success. It's not just about getting in - it's about finishing. To best prepare for success in college-level work, students need to complete Core 40 in high school. Anything less may mean taking remedial (high school) coursework in college, which means it will take you longer to finish and will cost you more in college tuition. It also means you'll have a greater chance of dropping out before you get your degree. That's why Core 40 is a college admissions requirement: In fall 2011 you won't be able to start at a four-year public Indiana college without Core 40. Most private colleges require students to have at least this level of high school academic preparation.
  • Money for College. The Core 40 diploma can help you earn money for college. Indiana students who complete a Core 40 diploma and meet other financial aid and grade requirements can receive up to 90 percent of approved tuition and fees at eligible colleges. Core 40 with Academic Honors graduates can receive up to 100 percent and some colleges also offer their own scholarships specifically for students who earn this diploma.