4 English Credits
  • English  9
  • English 10
  • English 11
  • English 12

4 Math Credits​
State of TN Math standards link
  • Algebra 1 (Algebra 1B)
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry
  • 4th Upper Level Math
(Qualifying 4th Upper-level Math classes:  Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, *Physics. or
​**Bridge Math)

(*Physics may be recognized as a 4th upper-level mathonly if the student has scored a 19 or greater on the ACT and has or is taking Chemistry.) 

(**Bridge Math is available only for students who have scored 18 or less on the ACT or equivalent on the SAT.)

(Algebra 1A does NOT count as a 4th Upper-Level Math.  ​​ It countes as Pre-Algebra Only.)
3 Science Credits​​​​​​​​​​ -
​State of TN Science standards link
  • Biology
  • Chemistry or Physics
  • 3rd Lab Science
(Qualifying 3rd lab Science:  Physical Science, Biology 2, Physics or Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, etc.)
(Again, if Physics is used as the 4th upper-level math the student must take Chemistry for the 3rd. lab science.)

3 Social Studies​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • World History or Geography
  • U.S. History 
  • Government & Economics

1.5   P.E. & Health Credits

(Combination of PE and Health)
(This may include 1 PE and 1/2 credit of Health or 1 Health and 1/2 credit of PE.)  Qualifying Health includes: Driver's Ed., Nutrition, Infant Health and Nutrition, First Aid etc.  Qualifying PE includes:  Swimming, Running, Weight Lifting, Basketball, Walking or other Physical Activity. )

0.5   Personal Finance credit

0.5   Speech credit

2   Bible credits
(May include Old Testament, New
Testament, Bible 1, Bible 2, etc.)

1   Elective credit

(May include: Computer Applications,
Computer Skills, Volunteerism, Religion, Bible 3, Humanities, Psychology, Sociology, Literature, etc.)

1   Fine Art credit
(May include:  Music, Band, Voice, Chorus, 
Theater, Drama,  Art, Drawing, Painting,  Pottery, Photography, etc.)

2 Foreign Language
3 Related Electives Options:
Students have two options in this area:  They may earn 2 Foreign Language credits or 3 Related Elective credits in line with state graduation requirements. Those options are listed below.  Please note this is an EITHER / OR situation.

2   Foreign Language credits
(These must be the same language)
(Spanish 1 & 2, French 1 & 2, Latin 1 & 2  or two credits of an approved foreign language.  Per state guidelines, Sign Language does NOT qualify.)
If a student is NOT college bound and does not take the two foreign language credits, the student may opt to take the following:

3  Related Elective credits
(To qualify for this option, the electives MUST be related.)  They may be:

Construction - Construction 1, 2, 3, Electrical, Plumbing, Maintenance etc.
Automotive- Automotive, Body Shop, Engine Repair, etc.
Agricultural -  Agriscience, Ecology, Horticulture, Landscaping 1 & 2, etc.
Humanities - Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Psychology, etc.
Healthcare - Health Science Ed., Anatomy, Nutrition, Psychology, etc.
Science Focus- (3 science credits in addition to required ones) Psychology, Biology 2, Anatomy 1, Anatomy 2, Chemistry 2, Dual-enrollment science class(es), Agriscience, Anatomy, etc.
Math Focus - (3 additional math credits in addition to the required ones)  Accounting 1, Accounting 2, Statistics, Probability and Statistics, Business Math, Consumer Math, Physics (in addition to Chemistry), other approved math credits
Fine Arts - (3 related fine arts) 3 theatre arts, 3 graphics arts, 3 vocal arts, 3 musical arts,

Listed below are the minimal requirements for graduation from NHAT.
Students may and normally should take additional classes of interest.
Tennessee's state web-page that lists graduation requirements may be accessed by clicking here.

We provide a graduation checklist for all high school students.  It is an excellent resource to evaluating high school classes: 

For New Hope students, we create a graduation plan for each high school student, specifically designed to each student's post-high school plans and interests.  This service is provided free of charge one time, either at original enrollment or to rising Freshmen.  Plans for non-enrolled students or subsequent plan updates or consultations are provided at a $25 charge each.   (Seniors' plans are automatically updated to clearly define the requirement for the senior year; this is included in the senior fee with no additional charge.) 
High School Graduation Requirements