Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Bay Virtual School students must earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, and meet the requirements as outlined below by the Florida Department of Education, in order to be awarded a standard high school diploma.

Course Progression:


24-Credit Program

Four credits in English Language Arts (ELA) —

  • The four credits must be in ELA I, II, III, and IV.
  • A student must pass the statewide, standardized grade 10 Reading assessment or, when implemented, the grade 10 ELA assessment, or earn a concordant score, in order to earn a standard high school diploma.

Four credits in mathematics —

  • A student must earn one credit in Algebra I.
    • A student’s performance on the statewide, standardized Algebra I end-of-course (EOC) assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade.
    • A student must pass the statewide, standardized Algebra I EOC assessment, or earn a comparative score, in order to earn a standard high school diploma.
  • A student must earn one credit in Geometry
    • A student’s performance on the statewide, standardized Geometry EOC assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade.
    • If the state administers a statewide, standardized Algebra II assessment, a student selecting Algebra II must take the assessment, and the student’s performance on the assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade.
  • A student who earns an industry certification for which there is a statewide college credit articulation agreement approved by the State Board of Education may substitute the certification for one mathematics credit. Substitution may occur for up to two mathematics credits, except for Algebra I and Geometry.

Three credits in science —

  • Two of the three required credits must have a laboratory component.
  • A student must earn one credit in Biology I and two credits in equally rigorous courses.
  • The statewide, standardized Biology I EOC assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade.
  • A student who earns an industry certification for which there is a statewide college credit articulation agreement approved by the State Board of Education may substitute the certification for one science credit, except for Biology I.

Three credits in social studies —

  • A student must earn one credit in United States History; one credit in World History; one-half credit in economics, which must include financial literacy; and one-half credit in United States Government.
  • The United States History EOC assessment constitutes 30 percent of the student’s final course grade.

One credit in fine or performing arts, speech and debate, or practical arts —

  • The practical arts course must incorporate artistic content and techniques of creativity, interpretation, and imagination.
  • Eligible practical arts courses are identified in the Course Code Directory.

One credit in physical education —

  • Physical education must include the integration of health
  • Participation in an interscholastic sport at the junior varsity or varsity level for two full seasons shall satisfy the one-credit requirement in physical education if the student passes a competency test on personal fitness with a score of “C” or better. The competency test on personal fitness developed by the Department of Education must be used.
  • A district school board may not require that the one credit in physical education be taken during the 9th grade year.
  • Completion of one semester with a grade of “C” or better in a marching band class, in a physical activity class that requires participation in marching band activities as an extracurricular activity, or in a dance class shall satisfy one-half credit in physical education or one-half credit in performing arts.
    • This credit may not be used to satisfy the personal fitness requirement or the requirement for adaptive physical education under an individual education plan (IEP) or 504 plan.
  • Completion of 2 years in a Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) class, a significant component of which is drills, shall satisfy the one-credit requirement in physical education and the one-credit requirement in performing arts.
    • This credit may not be used to satisfy the personal fitness requirement or the requirement for adaptive physical education under an IEP or 504 plan.

Eight credits in electives —

  • School districts must develop and offer coordinated electives so that a student may develop knowledge and skills in his or her area of interest, such as electives with a STEM or liberal arts focus. Such electives must include opportunities for students to earn college credit, including industry-certified career education programs or series of career-themed courses that result in industry certification or articulate into the award of college credit, or career education courses for which there is a statewide or local articulation agreement and which lead to college credit.

Online Course Requirement —

  • At least one course within the 24 credits required under this section must be completed through online learning.

Florida's public high school graduation requirements are specified in the following sections of Florida Statute (F.S.):

  • Section 1003.4282, F.S., Requirements for a standard high school diploma (effective July 1, 2013)
  • Section 1002.3105, F.S., Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning (ACCEL) options

Students entering the 9th Grade

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Standard High School Diploma Designations

  • Students may earn one or more designations on their standard high school diploma—the scholar designation and the merit designation per s. 1003.4285, F.S. Requirements are listed in the graduation requirements charts by grade nine entering cohort year.
State Assessments for High School Graduation

As required by the Florida Department of Education, Bay Virtual School students participate in a variety of assessments to measure student performance. Additional information on grade and course specific assessments may be obtained at the Florida Department of Education website.

Information related to statewide assessment requirements is available in Graduation Requirements for Florida's Statewide Assessments (PDF).

The EOC is required to be calculated as 30% of the student’s earned grade in all courses associated with an EOC. If the student does not take a required EOC, the student’s grade is incomplete and no credit is awarded for the course. The student will be required to take the next scheduled administration of the EOC.


Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment program is defined as the enrollment of eligible secondary students or home education students in a post-secondary course creditable toward both high school completion and an associate or baccalaureate degree or a career and technical certificate. This allows Bay Virtual School students to complete some of their high school course requirements through BVS and one to four courses at the college level. Our dual enrolled BVS students are earning college credit while still in high school, and with judicious selection of core college courses, some students are able to obtain a high school diploma and associate degree at the same time.

  • Eligible secondary students must be enrolled in a Florida public secondary school or in a Florida private secondary school which is in compliance with §1002.42(2),F. S., and conduct a secondary curriculum pursuant to §1003.428,F.S.,or §1003.4282, F.S. general requirements for high school graduation, F.S.

As a dual enrolled BVS student, fees are waived for registration, tuition, and lab fees. You must see your BVS guidance counselor to get the dual enrollment registration form, fee waivers, and documentation of your GPA from Bay Virtual School.

  • Any student so enrolled is exempt from the payment of registration, tuition, and laboratory fees. Applied academics instruction, college-preparatory instruction and other forms of precollegiate instruction, as well as physical education courses that focus on the physical execution of a skill rather than the intellectual attributes of the activity, are ineligible for inclusion in the dual enrollment program. Recreation and leisure studies courses shall be evaluated individually in the same manner as physical education courses for potential inclusion in the program.

The Department of Education adopted guidelines to achieve comparability across school districts of both student qualifications and teacher qualifications for dual enrollment courses. Students must:

  • Demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework and must have a 3.0 unweighted GPA to enroll in college courses
  • Demonstrate readiness for career-level coursework and must have a 2.0 unweighted GPA to enroll in career courses
  • Pass the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test

Career and Technical Dual Enrollment

Haney Technical Center provides advanced instruction for high school students who demonstrate an interest and readiness to engage in post-secondary certificate career prep courses. The tech centers offer high school students who qualify for dual enrollment an opportunity to earn credit toward both a high school diploma and a post-secondary career preparatory certificate. Elective credits based on a wide variety of Career and Technical program choices are available.


Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement Instruction Funding

The school district, college, and state university may conduct advanced placement instruction within dual enrollment courses. Students enrolled in a joint dual enrollment and advanced placement course may be funded by either dual enrollment or advanced placement formula, as specified in §1001.62,F.S.; however, no student shall be funded through both a dual enrollment and advanced placement program. The school board shall utilize the funding formula that more closely approximates the cost of the course. Post-secondary credit for a joint dual enrollment and advanced placement course shall be awarded as either dual enrollment or advanced placement credit, based on student preference. An award of advanced placement credit must be limited to students who score a minimum of 3 on a 5-point scale on the Advanced Placement Examination. No student shall claim double credit based on the completion of a single joint dual enrollment and advanced placement course, nor shall any student be required to complete the Advanced Placement Examination.


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Federal Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid is the national clearinghouse that manages over $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds for the 13 million students that attend college and/or career schools after high school. In addition to managing the funds for college, the Federal Student Aid organization will also provide free assistance to students and parents as they navigate through the process of financing an education beyond high school.

Federal aid is granted to students that meet the eligibility requirements. Even if you don’t think you will meet the edibility requirements for financial aid, you need to fill out a FAFSA application to receive any type of financial award. This is your first step in the process of financing your education after high school.

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Hold a valid Social Security number
  • Male students must be registered with Selective Service and are between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Maintain satisfactory progress in college or career school
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for college or career school

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Federal Student Aid at a Glance

The Financial Aid Process


State Financial Aid

State Financial Aid

Steps to Financial Aid in Florida

  • Submit a Florida Financial Aid Application beginning October 1 of your senior year
  • Check your email account for confirmation of your application within 24 hours of submission
  • Provide and update your email address
  • Keep up with important deadlines
  • Attend the Bay Virtual School junior and senior level meetings

Bright Futures Requirements

  • Florida resident and U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application on or before August 31 after high school graduation
  • Standard high school diploma from a Florida public high school or registered Florida Department of Education private high school
  • Not guilty of, or pled nolo contendere to a felony charge
  • Accepted and enrolled in a degree or certification program at an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary institution
  • Enrollment of at least 6 non-remedial semester credit hours per term
  • Attend in the academic year immediately following high school graduation or apply for award reinstatement within two year of high school graduation

To learn more about the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, please visit their website and read through the Bright Futures Handbook.


Brochure

Award Chart

Eligibility Chart

Full Award Chart

Handbook

State Scholarship and Grant Programs

Additional funds are available to Florida students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) in the form of grants and scholarships. All students must have the FAFSA and FFAA forms filled out before applying for funding through these programs. Go to the Florida Student Scholarship Grant Programs website for more information.