Diploma Requirements for 2016/2017

To receive a diploma from Bishop Chatard, students are required to: 1) complete a total of 8 semesters in high school, 2) pass the Indiana End-of-Course Assessments in Algebra I & English 10 or qualify for a state waiver, and 3) successfully complete all of the academic requirements, including Theology for one of the following diplomas:

(For Summa Cum Laude Requirements see “Summa” link on the main website.)

Area Core 40 Diploma Core 40 with
Academic Honors Diploma
Theology 8 credits or 2 for each school year in attendance at BCHS 8 credits or 2 for each school year in attendance at BCHS
English 8 credits: English, Literature, Composition 8 credits: Literature, Language, and Composition
Mathematics 6-8 credits: Algebra I*, Algebra II, and Geometry.
Students must take a math course each year.
8-10 credits: Algebra I*, Algebra II, Geometry.
Students must take a math course each year.
Science 6 credits: 2 Biology; 2 Chemistry, Physics or Integrated Chemistry-Physics; and 2
add’l credits from any Core 40 science course.
6 credits: 2 Biology; 2 Chemistry, Physics or Integrated Chemistry-Physics; and 2 add’l credits from any core 40 science course.

Social Studies 6 credits: 2 World History or 2 World Geography/History of the World; 2 U.S. History; 2 Government/Economics 6 credits: 2 World History or 2 World Geography/History of the World; 2 U.S. History; 2 Government/Economics
Directed Electives:
World Language,
Fine Arts
5 credits total in any combination of World Language* and/or Fine Arts

8 credits total: World Language: 6-8 credits in one language or 4 credits each in two different languages*

Health 1 credit 1 credit
Physical Education 2 credits 2 credits
Electives Additional courses to bring the total number of credits to 48 Additional courses to bring the total number of credits to 55
Total 48 credits minimum 55 credits minimum
Add’l Requirements None Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
Semester grades of C- or above

Students must complete ONE of the following:

  • 2 AP courses & exams
  • 1750 or higher on combined SAT score with a minimum of 530 in each section
  • 26 ACT composite, including writing section
  • 6 hours of dual credit
  • 1 AP class with exam & 3 hours dual credit
* Courses a student tests out of (e.g. Algebra I, Spanish I) are not awarded high school credit, so are not counted in the total required.