Diplomas: Alabama

Source: here.

Minimum: 24 Credits
“Four by Four” plus: 1 PE, .5 Health, 1 Career Prep, 3 Career and Technical/Arts/LOTE, 2.5 Electives

Comparison to Texas:
Alabama requires: 1 additional each of Math, Science, and Social Students; 2.5 fewer Electives; 4 different non-academic courses; Overall 2 more credits than TX (min. 22)

Head-to-Head

Texas

  • English – 4
    ELA I
    ELA II
    ELA III or comparable AP
    ELA IV, comparable AP, or other language-type course from a given list.
  • Maths – 3
    Algebra I
    Geometry
    Algebra II or 1 total credit from a given list.
  • Sciences – 3
    Biology or comparable AP
    IPC or Physics or Chemistry or Principles of Technology or a comparable AP
    One additional credit from a given list.
  • Social Studies – 3
    World History or World Geography or a comparable AP
    US History

    US Government (.5 c)
    Economics with an Emphasis on the Free Market System and Its Benefits (.5 c)
  • Electives – 5
  • Physical Education – 1
  • Health – 0
  • Languages Other Than English – 2
  • Fine Arts – 1 from a given list.

Alabama

  • English – 4
    English 9
    English 10
    English 11
    English 12
    or comparable AP
  • Maths – 4
    Algebra I
    Geometry
    Algebra II with Trig, or Algebra II
    Fourth math from CTE, IB, or AP
  • Sciences – 4
    Biology
    A physical science (Chemistry or Physics, or Physical Science)
    Two additional CTE or comparable IB or AP
  • Social Studies – 4
    World History

    US History I
    US History II
    US Government (.5 c)
    Economics (.5 c)
    *required Civics Test
  • Electives – 2.5
  • Physical Education – 1
  • Health – .5
  • Three other credits (CTE, LOTE, or Arts)
  • Career Preparedness – 1

While the systems each have their own ‘quirks,’ neither is particularly ‘easier’ or ‘better.’ The Texas system forces more diversity in the courseload, but the Alabama system allows for trade career preparedness that doesn’t push students into post-secondary schools.

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