Diplomas – Requirements & Copies

The diploma requirements for Heritage Covenant High School have always incorporated the course requirements established by the Tennessee Department of Education. Unfortunately, the TN DOE decided to demand a one-size-fits-all standard in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education and the “Common Core State Standards Initiative.” This action flies in the face of the entire educational philosophy of HCS.

Below are the requirements prescribed by the Board of Directors of Heritage Covenant Schools.



The standard academic Diploma will be awarded to students who:
1. satisfactorily complete the specified twenty-two and a half units of study or satisfactorily complete an individualized educational program (IEP), and
2. take the A.C.T. or S.A.T. college entrance exams.

The following 22.5 units of study shall be required for graduation:

            English                                    4.0 units
            Mathematics                            3.0 unit
                 (One  credit must be Algebra I)
            Science                                    3.0 units
            Human Society                        4.5 units
                 1 unit of American (U.S.) History
                 1 unit of World History
                 1 unit of World Geography
                 .5 unit of Economics
                 .5 unit of American Government
                 .5 unit of Southern History (see note below)
            Personal Finance                     0.5 unit*
            Lifetime Wellness                    1.0 unit
                 (One semester each of Health and P. E.)
            Worldview                               0.5 unit
            Electives                                  6.0 units

A half-credit unit of Bible is required for every year the student is enrolled at HCHS. These credits are absorbed within the “Electives,” but no more that a half credit is allowed per year towards the diploma requirements.


The College Prep Diploma will be awarded to students who:
1. satisfactorily complete the above requirements with courses specified below, including an additional unit of Math* (total 23.5 credits), and
2. score at or in excess of the 40th percentile on the A.C.T. or S.A.T. college entrance exams.
3. the 6 units of Electives are replaced by the following:

            Foreign Language       2.0 units (Both of same language)
            Fine Arts                     1.0 unit
            Electives                      3.0 units


A Classical Studies Diploma will be awarded to students who
1. satisfactorily complete the College Prep Diploma requirements,
2. in addition, complete one unit of Logic, two units of Latin, and one unit of Rhetoric, and
3. during their Senior year present a research paper under the guidance of the HCHS administration.

An Honors designation is given those students who earn either the College Prep or the Classical Studies  Diploma and achieve a score at or in excess of the 80th percentile on the A.C.T. or S.A.T.


               Applied Communication (may substitute for Jr. or Sr. English)
               Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry,
               and one of the following: Math IV,
               Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus,
               two of:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics
               & additional one of the above or one of: Physical Science ,   
     Physiology, Ag Science, Geology, Nutrition Science, Ecology.
Foreign Language
               two units of:  Latin, French, Spanish,
               Japanese, Russian, or German
               one of: Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, General Music, Music or Art
               History, Music Theory, Instrumental or Vocal Music, Dance.

NOTES: High school level courses taken before 9th grade will be credited toward a student’s diploma requirements, but are listed as a Pass (“P”) and do not figure into the high school GPA.

The Southern History requirement must be satisfied using materials from HCS.

A transcript is kept on each high school student. It contains a list of courses taken, grades received, annual and cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPA), as well as ACT and SAT scores.


A student’s transcript is developed and credit is awarded toward graduation on the basis of the Course Completion Certification Form. HCS high school students must have the “CCC” form filled out and signed by the course teacher whenever each course is completed. A modest fee of $5.00 is assessed for each course certified and added to the student’s transcript.

At the end of each year a transcript is sent to each student at no charge. Additional transcripts are available for $15.00 each and will be sent to the college requesting such.