High School Graduation

The Arizona State Board of Education establishes the requirements for graduation from high school. The minimum course of study and competence requirements are outlined in Title 7 Chapter 2 of The Arizona Administrative Code.

Credit Requirements

The table below summarizes the minimumcredit requirements for high school graduation in Arizona. Please note that school districts and charter schools may, at their discretion, establish additional graduation credit requirements for their students.

Summary of High School Graduation Credit Requirements — Graduating Class of 2017 Forward
Subject Credits
English or English as a Second Language 4 credits
Social Studies 3 credits
Mathematics 4 credits
Science 3 credits
Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education 1 credit
Locally Prescribed Courses 7 credits

NOTE: Specific course requirements are outlined in Title 7 Chapter 2 of The Arizona Administrative Code.

Testing Requirements

Civics Test

Beginning with the graduating class of 2017, high school graduates are required to pass (60/100) a civics test identical to the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As a courtesy, the Arizona Department of Education, with help from the Maricopa County Education Service Agency and Arizona educators, has developed a mostly multiple choice version of the required test.

Civics Test and Administration Manual


Passing AzMERIT is not a state requirement for graduation; however, local schools may choose to develop their own academic requirements related to the AzMERIT assessment. See the AzMERIT webpage for more information.


As of February 20, 2015, passing AIMS Reading, Writing and Mathematics is no longer required for graduation from high school.