Tyrone Area High School Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate with a TASD high school diploma, students must fulfill FIVE criteria:
- Coursework Completion
- Satisfactory completion of the Senior Project
- Adherence to the TASD attendance policy, as described in the Student Handbook
- Community Service - 15 hours
- Fulfill the requirements of one PA Graduation Pathway
Coursework Completion – Students must earn the credits in the table below:
GACTC Student Credit Requirements
Total Minimum Credits Required
Community Service – Must be fulfilled by May 1st of the senior year to be eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies.
- Students can start to accumulate community service hours upon completion of eighth grade. Activities in which students can participate include volunteering time to help others, youth coaching, volunteering with the elderly, helping a neighbor in need, giving blood, as well as numerous other activities not listed here.
- Any community service class or projects for which the student received compensation, either monetary or a grade and credit, cannot be used toward the 15 hour requirement.
- For each activity, students need to complete a Community Service Form and return it to the high school counseling office. Forms can be obtained in the office or from the high school counseling webpage.
PA Graduation Pathways – Students must fulfill the requirements of ONE of the five Pathways.
- Keystone Proficiency Pathway
- Keystone Composite Pathway
- Career & Technical Education Pathway
- Alternate Assessment Pathway
- Evidence-Based Pathway
Every student will take the three Keystone Exams: Biology, Literature, and Algebra. The student’s scores on those exams will be a part of the decision about which Pathway the student is able to fulfill. Pathways 1 and 2 involve only scores on the Keystone Exams and are the most efficient means of fulfilling the Pathway requirement.
Pathway 1 - Keystone Proficiency Pathway
If the student earns a Proficient or Advanced score on all three Keystone Exams, this Pathway has been fulfilled and the student is done.
Pathway 2 – Keystone Composite Pathway
If the student earns Proficient or Advanced on at least one Keystone Exam and scores at least Basic on the other two Keystone Exams and has a composite score of 4452, this Pathway has been fulfilled and the student is done.
Pathway 3 – Career & Technical Pathway
If the student did not score Proficient or Advanced on a Keystone Exam but achieved a passing final grade in the corresponding course of that Exam, and the student has earned an industry-based certification related to their Career & Technical Education program of study or demonstrates a high likelihood of success on an approved industry-based competency assessment or readiness for continued meaningful engagement in the Career & Technical Education program of study, this Pathway has been fulfilled.
Pathway 4 – Alternate Assessment Pathway and Pathway 5 – Evidence-Based Pathway
Use the chart below to see the requirements for these pathways.
Meet local grade-based requirements for content associated with every Keystone Exam on which a student did not score Proficient or Advanced AND…
demonstrate readiness by attaining evidence under ONE of these pathways:
Alternative Assessment Pathway
(requires 1 piece of evidence)
(requires 3 pieces of evidence)
Satisfy ONE of the requirements (√) below:
Satisfy up to THREE* of the requirements (√) below:
Meet or exceed established score(s) on an approved alternative assessment
√ Achieve one of the following:
ACT – a composite score of 21
ASVAB – an AFQT composite score of 31
PSAT/NMSQT – a total score of 970
SAT – a total score of 1010
√ Achieve at least a 630 on any SAT Subject Test(s)
(each SAT Subject Test in a different subject or level and with an earned score of 630 or higher may be counted as a piece of evidence)
Meet or exceed established score on the ACT WorkKeys
√ Achieve at least Gold Level NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate)
√ Achieve at least Silver Level NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate)
Meet or exceed established score(s) on Advanced Placement (AP) Exam(s)
√ For every Keystone Exam on which less than Proficient, take a content-related AP Exam and score a 3 or higher on each
√ Score a 3 or higher on AP Exam(s) in any content area (each AP Exam affiliated with a different course and with an earned score of 3 or higher may be counted as a piece of evidence)
Meet or exceed established score(s) on International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam(s)
√ For every Keystone Exam on which less than Proficient, take a content-related IB Exam and score a 4 or higher on each
√ Score a 3 or higher on IB Exam(s) in any content area (each IB Exam affiliated with a different course and with an earned score of 3 or higher may be counted as a piece of evidence)
Successfully complete concurrent enrollment course(s)
Successfully complete a postsecondary (other than concurrent enrollment) course(s)
√ For every Keystone Exam on which less than Proficient, successfully complete a content-related concurrent course
√ Successfully complete concurrent enrollment course(s) in any content area
Successfully complete any postsecondary course(s) provided by an LEA-approved institution
(each course successfully completed may be counted as a piece of evidence)
Acceptance into an accredited non-profit Institution of Higher Education (IHE) and ability to enroll in college-level work
√ Provide an unconditional acceptance letter from a 4-year IHE OR general admittance and proof of college-level coursework enrollment/equivalent placement test results/equivalent graduate profile
√ Provide an unconditional acceptance letter from an other-than-4-year IHE OR general admittance and proof of college-level coursework enrollment/equivalent placement test results/equivalent graduate profile
Successfully complete a Pre-Apprenticeship Program
√ Successfully complete a PA Labor & Industry registered pre-apprenticeship program
Attain Industry-Recognized Credential(s)
√ Receive Industry-Recognized Credential(s) from an SEA- or LEA-approved provider (each credential earned may be counted as a piece of evidence)
*At least ONE piece of evidence must be attained through the requirements listed above. To attain additional evidence, the student may satisfy up to TWO of the requirements (√) below:
Score Proficient or Advanced on Keystone Exam(s)
√ Meet or exceed a score of 1500 on the Algebra 1, Biology, or Literature Keystone Exam(s) (each Keystone Exam affiliated with a different course and with an earned score of 1500 or higher may be counted as a piece of evidence)
Complete Service-Learning Project(s)
√ Successfully complete (verified by adult supervisor) LEA-approved service-learning project(s) of sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and learning goals (each service-learning project completed may be counted as a piece of evidence, maximum two)
Complete Internship(s), Externship(s), or Cooperative Education Program(s)
√ Successfully complete (as defined by LEA) an internship or cooperative education program (each internship, externship, or cooperative education program completed may be counted as a piece of evidence, maximum two)
Comply with the NCAA Division II core course requirements for college-bound athletes
√ Maintain the minimum credits and GPA in requisite courses per NCAA guidelines (as certified by LEA)
Attain a letter guaranteeing full-time employment
√ Provide a letter or completed form indicating good faith offer(s) of postsecondary work commensurate with full-time employment as verified by the school administrator OR enlistment papers