A South Carolina Virtual Online Public Charter High School

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Palmetto State E-cademy is an accredited, tuition-free virtual charter high school for South Carolina residents. We are a complete online high school that fits your student, your schedule, and your family with an innovative, high-quality alternative to the traditional learning experience.

Graduation Requirements

Listed below are the credits required by the South Carolina Department of Education and  Palmetto State E-cademy for a student to graduate and earn a state high-school diploma.

Our counselors will work with you to ensure that you receive appropriate credit for previously completed high school coursework, and set up a plan to help you stay on track to graduate on time.

Area Subject Credits
Language Arts English 4 credits
Mathematics Algebra 1 credit
Mathematics Geometry 1 credit
Mathematics Any area of Mathematics 2 credits
Science Biology 1 credit
Science Physical Science 1 credit
Science Any area of Science* 1 credit
Social Studies U.S. History and Constitution 1 credit
Social Studies Economics 0.5 credit
Social Studies U.S. Government 0.5 credit
Social Studies Any area of Social Studies 1 credit
Health & PE Physical Education 1 credit
Health & PE Health 1 credit
Technology Computer Science** (including keyboarding) 1 credit
Humanities Foreign Language*** OR
Technology Career and Technology Education*** 1 credit
Various Electives 6 credits
Total credits needed for graduation: 24 credits

* Students planning on attending a 4-year university will need 3 lab science credits for admission.
** Computer literacy is a requirement in order to graduate.
*** For a student in a college prep program, 1.0 credit must be earned in a Foreign Language (most 4-year colleges & universities require 2.0 credits).
For a student in a tech prep program, 1.0 credit must be earned in a career and/or technology program of study.

In addition to these credit requirements, students are required to:
Achieve proficiency (score level 2 or higher) on the HSAP and Mathematics and pass the End of Course (EOC) exams.

Students graduating from Palmetto State E-cademy receive a State of South Carolina High School Diploma and have the opportunity to participate in a face-to-face graduation ceremony complete with cap and gown.


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