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 math only if the student has scored a 19 or greater on the ACT and has or is taking Chemistry.) 
(**Bridge Math is available only for seniors who have scored 18 or less on the math portion of the ACT or equivalent on the SAT.)
(Algebra 1A and Algebra 2A do not count as 4th Upper-Level maths.  ​​ They count as Pre-Algebra and Pre-Algebra 2 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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ + Personal Finance (3.5 credits)
  • ​World History & Geography
  • U.S. History & Geography
  • ​Government & Civics 
  • Economics & Per. Finance
P.E. & Health (1.5 Credits) 
(Combination of PE and Health - This may be either 1 credit PE and 1/2 credit of Health or 1 credit 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, weightlifting, basketball, dance, martial arts, walking, biking, other sports activities, etc. 
​Humanities Related-Electives (1 credit)
  • Bible 1 (1 credit)
  • Bible 2 (1 credit)
  • Speech (1 credit)
The three listed above are required; others may be taken for additional credit.  ​Optional elective Humanities credits may include Volunteerism, Bible 3, Humanities, Psychology, Sociology, Literature, etc.

Computer Skills (1 credit)
  • Computer Skills, Comp. Literacy, or Comp. Applications
Students must graduation on either a college-bound path or a vocational one.  Both are shown below and parents should help their student plan according to their child's goals and interests.

​​College Bound Pathway - 3-Credit Requirement
1   Fine Art credit
(May include  Music, Band, Voice, Chorus, 
Theater, Drama,  Art, Drawing, Painting,  Pottery, Photography, etc.)

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.  Sign Language 1 & 2 do qualify as well.)
If a student is NOT college bound and does not take the two foreign language credits, the student may opt to take the following:


Vocational Pathway:  3-Credit Requirement​​

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.

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.

Cosmetology - 3 Cosmetology  credits

Culinary Arts - 3 Culinary Arts credits​

Fine Arts - (3 related fine arts) 3 Theatre Arts, 3 Graphics Arts, 3 Musical Arts, etc.

- Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Psychology, etc. (These would be in addition to the 3 required Humanities)

Healthcare - Health Science Ed., Anatomy, Nutrition, Psychology, etc.

Math Focus - (3 additional math credits - these would be in addition to the four required math credits) Accounting 1, Accounting 2, Statistics, Probability and Statistics, Business Math, Consumer Math, Physics (in addition to Chemistry), Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus Dual, Calculus Dual 1, Calculus Dual 2, and others upon approval

Science Focus- (3 additional science credits - these must be in addition to the three required science credits) Psychology, Biology 2, Enviroscience, Agriscience, Anatomy and Physiology 1 Dual, Anatomy and Physiology 2 Dual, Astronomy, Chemistry 2, as well as other dual-enrollment science class(es) upon approval. 

Listed below are the minimal requirements for graduation from NHAT.
Students may and normally should take additional classes of interest.
Tennessee's state webpage 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 to rising or enrolling Freshmen, who have no high school credits upon enrollment.  Plans for transferring students with high school credits, 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