Get a Jump on Your Future with Early Graduation!
The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education authorizes early graduation for high school seniors who have successfully met the system’s graduation requirements and can demonstrate College and Career Readiness.
College and Career Readiness is defined as a student who earns a benchmark score on any section of the ACT, silver level on WorkKeys, Industry Credentials, college credit while a high school student, or a benchmark score on any AP or IB exam. With parental consent, qualifying students may elect to graduate high school at the end of the first term of their senior year provided that they meet the following criteria:
- The High School Early Graduation Application form must be completed and on file at the school. Section I of the form shall be completed by the end of the junior year and returned to school counselor. Section 2 documentation must be submitted to the senior counselor by December 10 for approval. Application forms are available from school counselors or online at: www.tuscaloosacityschools.com.
- The student must meet all graduation requirements as outlined by The Alabama State Department of Education and the Tuscaloosa City Schools System.
- The student must have completed all course work through one or a combination of the following methods: a. Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, Embedded Credit, Flexibility Waiver b. The Credit Recovery Program c. Traditional courses completed on-campus on the high school campus during the regular school day d. Online or ACCESS Distance Learning courses
- The student must demonstrate College and Career Readiness by providing one of the following before final approval is granted: a. Letter of Acceptance to a postsecondary institution b. Letter of Acceptance to the military c. Letter from employer verifying employment in the workplace
The following should be considered by students and parents choosing the opportunity:
- Early graduates may continue to participate in school activities and social events and attend and participate in graduation events as if the students are still enrolled in high school. Early graduates will be included in class ranking, honors, and award determinations for the student’s cohort.
- Early graduates must comply with district school board rules and policies regarding access to the school facilities and grounds during normal operating hours.
- Any student who is participating in an accelerated high school graduation option may continue that option. All statutory program requirements of the accelerated high school option shall remain applicable to the student as long as the student continues participation.
- The student must provide one of the following before final approval is granted: a. Letter of Acceptance to a postsecondary institution b. Letter of Acceptance to the military c. Letter from employer verifying employment in the workplace.
Early graduates will not be eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian.