TOPS University Pathway

This option is for students who plan to go to college. It is the traditional high school pathway.

Graduation Requirements are the courses a student needs to take (and pass) in order to graduate.

They are listed in terms of Carnegie Units.  A course counts as one Carnegie Unit if there has been 120 hours of class time.  This is usually the same as a full year course, but not always.

End of Course (EOC) Assessments are tests students take after each course to be sure they understand the course content.  They must get a certain score to be able to count the course and earn the Carnegie Unit.

Graduation Requirements for a TOPS University Diploma:

Chart showing the graduation requirements for a TOPS University Diploma








Must have an EOC Assessment Score of Fair or higher in these courses:Image of a clipboard

- Algera 1 or Geometry
- English II or English III
- Biology or U.S. History


If your child chooses this pathway, their high school transcript will show each course, the Carnegie Units earned, and the grades. Colleges will be looking at these things when they make their decisions to accept a student for admission.

Click on the link below to download a more detailed list of required courses.  (It will open in a new window or appear in the bottom corner of your screen.)


Source: LDOE