Ohio Pathways: offers a unique experience for inner city and Appalachian area Ohio high school juniors and seniors to explore and learn about Ohio's higher education institutions and alternative career pathways.

Students are hosted on one of Ohio's 14 public institution's campuses and have the opportunity to attend classes, interact with faculty and staff, eat in campus-area dining facilities, visit campus libraries and recreational facilities, attend student group meetings, and see a residence hall room.

Students and staff members will also attend an "Ohio College Fair" to learn more about the 14 public universities, 24 regional campuses, 23 community colleges, and 120+ workforce education programs offered throughout the state. Representatives from each of the 14 public universities and 23 community colleges are invited to attend the Fair, to disseminate information to students and high school staff members. 


Graduation Requirements:

Complete Courses and Requirements - take and earn a minimum of 20 credits in specific subjects. You also must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy and complete at least two semesters of fine arts.

Course Minimums:

  •  English Language Arts - 4 credits
  •  Health - ½ credit
  •  Mathematics - 4 credits*
  •  Physical Education - ½ credit*
  •  Science - 3 credits*
  •  Social Studies - 3 credits*
  •  Electives - 5 credits*

**Your district may require more than 20 credits to graduate**

Additional Requirements

Mathematics units must include one unit of algebra II or the equivalent of algebra II. Exceptions: a) Algebra II is not a requirement for students following a career-technical pathway. However, students still must have four units in mathematics, and b) A family may decide that their child is not prepared to meet the graduation requirement for a higher level math course. Or, their child may be planning a career that does not require higher level math. Algebra II may not be a requirement for this student. Here is more information on Curriculum Choices.

Physical Education - School districts may adopt a policy that would exempt students who participate in interscholastic athletics, marching band or cheerleading for two full seasons or an approved Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program for two years from the physical education requirement. Students must take another course, which cannot be a physical education course, of at least 60 contact hours.

Science units must include one unit of physical sciences, one unit of life sciences and one unit of advanced study in one or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics or other physical science; advanced biology or other life science; astronomy, physical geology or other earth or space science. Exception: A family may decide that their student is not prepared to meet the graduation requirement for a higher level science course. Or, their student may be planning a career that does not require higher level science. Higher level science may not be a requirement for this student. Here is more information on Curriculum Choices.

Social Studies units must include ½ unit of American history and ½ unit of American government in three units required for the classes of 2018 and 2019. The class of 2021 will need ½ unit in world history and civilizations in their required three units as well as American history and American government.

Elective credits must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required.

Other state requirements - All students must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy during grades 9-12 and must complete at least two semesters of fine arts taken any time in grades 7-12. Fine arts is not a requirement for students following a career-technical pathway.

Choose a Pathway to Show that you are Ready for College or a Job

  1. Ohio’s State Tests - Earn at least 18 points on seven end-of-course state tests. Each test score earns you up to five graduation points. You must have a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies

  2. Industry credential and workforce readiness - Earn a minimum of 12 points by receiving a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and earn the required score on WorkKeys, a work-readiness test. The state of Ohio will pay one time for you to take the WorkKeys test.
  3. College and career readiness tests - Earn remediation-free scores in mathematics and English language arts on either the ACT or SAT.

Ohio Pathways: recognize there are many alternative pathways to success, including trade and vocational programs, and would like to present all pathways to students. Students interested in the Ohio Alternative Pathway for Diploma program should visit the Ohio Department of Education website, to learn more.

Due to a multitude of obstacles – many of these students who participate in this program believe that success is unattainable. The initial job of Ohio Pathways: is to exemplify that they can be successful. The program focuses on the philosophy of education combined with options and desire results in success. The Ohio Pathways: program is there to identify the potential pitfalls students can expect along the way; and our student ambassadors will share personal stories of overcoming adversity and the endless opportunities offered to them. They will stress the importance of receiving a high school diploma and continuing forward down whatever pathway is right for them! 


Ohio Honors Diplomas:

Ohio students have the opportunity to choose to pursue one of six honors diplomas:

  1. Academic Honors Diploma
  2. International Baccalaureate Honors Diploma
  3. Career Tech Honors Diploma
  4. STEM Honors Diploma
  5. Arts Honors Diploma*
  6. Social Science and Civic Engagement Honors Diploma

*includes dance, drama/theatre, music and visual art.