Graduation Requirements

Students who fulfill all the graduation requirements will receive a high school diploma from Enlightium Academy, an accredited and approved private high school.

The goal of Enlightium Academy is to prepare students to meet the 21st-century demands of their post-high school education, work, and/or personal lives. High school students are required to meet Enlightium’s graduation requirements and their state’s graduation requirements:

  • College preparatory students and students who are pursuing an honors diploma must earn a minimum of 24 credits and a minimum 3.5 W-GPA on a 5.0 scale to receive an honors diploma.
  • Enlightium’s high school students who are pursuing an academic diploma must earn a minimum of 22 credits and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Students who first enroll at Enlightium during their senior year are required to enroll full-time and complete at least 25% of the course works in order to receive a diploma from Enlightium. The student's counselor will assist in determining which courses need to be passed by the student. Dual Enrollment (DE) students must pass at least 1.5 high school credits each year at Enlightium, in addition to required Dual Enrollment credits to obtain a diploma through Enlightium.

Since a Bible course is required each year per ACSI accreditation, students who attend Enlightium for four years of high school could earn a minimum of 24 credits. However, one or more Bible courses can be waived for part-time students, for students enrolling during the fourth quarter of any school year, and for other cases per the discretion of the counselor.

Seniors that meet Enlightium Academy graduation requirements and comply with their state’s graduation requirements are accepted by most public and private universities nationwide. However, because some colleges and universities have unique admission requirements, we recommend contacting the college/university of your choice to determine what, if any, additional admission requirements exist.

Types of Diplomas Offered by Enlightium Academy

Academic Diploma Requirements

Enlightium Academy requires the following criteria to be met or exceeded for a student to receive an Enlightium Academic High School Diploma. This program is designed to meet the needs of the students that plan to attend Junior or Community College, a Technical or vocational school, or the military.

Subject Requirements Credits
Bible Up to four Bible courses (one each year) Up to 4
English Four English courses (with an emphasis on writing and literature in grades 11 and 12) 4
History Three history courses:
Math Three math courses (including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II or Mathematics in Society; math courses may overlap with math-based quantities coursework) 3
Science Three science courses, two of which should be in a laboratory science (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) and one non-laboratory science (Integrated Physics and Chemistry or High School Natural Sciences) 3
Personalized Pathway One credit of Personalized Pathway elective 1
Career Tech. Ed. (CTE) One credit of Career and Technical Education elective (minimum 0.5 ECLR required during grades 11 and 12) 1
Fine and Performing Arts One credit of Fine and Performing Arts elective 1
Physical Education Physical Education (1.5 credits) and High School Health (0.5 credit) 2
World Languages Up to two World Language courses (this requirement may be waived based on post-high school plans) Up to 2
Total Required Credits Minimum of 22
Honors Diploma Requirements

College preparatory students and students who are pursuing an Honors diploma are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a minimum of 3.5 W-GPA on a 5.0 scale (for honors diploma)
  • Earn at least 24 credits
  • Complete all levels of assigned ECLR lessons and post-tests
  • Pass a Bible course each school year while in high school
  • Meet the minimum number of verified Community Service hours
Subject Requirements Credits
Bible Up to four Bible courses (one each year) Up to 4
English Four English courses (with an emphasis on writing and literature in grades 11 and 12) 4
History Three history courses:
Math Four math courses (during grade 12 math courses may overlap with their math-based quantities coursework such as Physics) 4
Science Four science courses, two of which should be in a laboratory science (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) 4
Personalized Pathway One credit of Personalized Pathway elective 1
Career Tech. Ed. (CTE) One credit of Career and Technical Education elective (minimum 0.5 ECLR required during grades 11 and 12) 1
Fine and Performing Arts One credit of Fine and Performing Arts elective 1
Physical Education Physical Education (1.5 credits) and High School Health (0.5 credit) 2
World Languages Two consecutive years of the same World Language elective (including reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension) 2
Total Required Credits Minimum of 24

Additional Information

Grading Scale

High school students’ Weighted-Grade Point Averages (W-GPAs) are calculated based on completed high school credits. Only high school credits are weighted.

Letter Grade Percentage GPA Value
A+ 97% – 100% 4.0
A 93% – 96% 4.0
A- 90% – 92% 3.7
B+ 87% – 89% 3.3
B 83% – 86% 3.0
B- 80% – 82% 2.7
C+ 77% – 79% 2.3
C 73% – 76% 2.0
C- 70% - 72% 1.7
D+ 67% – 69%  1.3
D 63% – 66%  1.0
D- 60% – 62%  0.7
F 0% – 59%  0.0

Pass/Fail Weight of Assignments Adjusted
GPA Values


25% for lessons
30% for projects
20% for quizzes
25% for tests
Honor Courses:
+0.5 to the GPA

AP/CC/DE Courses:
+1.0 to the GPA

Academic Awards

Each individual will receive specific awards for their academic achievement. In order for a student to receive an award, the entire semester’s coursework must be completed by the due date of each semester.

  • Honor Roll – Earn 3.00 to 3.49 GPA each semester
  • Scholar's List – Earn 3.50 to 4.00 GPA each semester
  • Dean's List – Earn greater than a 4.00 GPA each semester
  • Presidential Award – Available to grade 12 only; students must meet the following criteria:
    • Graduate on time or early
    • W-GPA is ≥3.50 
    • Meet or exceed Enlightium’s requirements for community involvement within Enlightium Academy
    • Meet or exceed Enlightium’s requirements for Community Service
Education, Career, and Life Readiness

Enlightium’s counseling departments use a grade-specific Education, Career, and Life Readiness (ECLR) curriculum via the Naviance platform. ECLR lessons provide a blueprint to prepare middle and high school students for success after graduation and provide students the necessary tools to persevere toward their long-term goals. 

Students in middle school (grades 6–8) will have the opportunity to explore who they are and how their talents, aptitudes, and interests could lead to their ideal career. It provides lessons on using their strengths, goal setting for success, teamwork, stress management, time management, and more. 

Students in high school (grades 9–12) will have the opportunity to continue to enhance skills in goal setting, time management, stress management, and career planning. Students will explore their post-high school education options, networking, budgeting, financial options including scholarship searches, internships, and the college admissions process. A minimum of 0.5 Career and Tech Education high school credit is fulfilled by completing the grade-specific ECLR requirements.

Community Service Requirements

Students in grades 9–12 are required to complete ten hours of community service for each high school grade level enrolled with Enlightium in order to meet Enlightium’s graduation requirements. This allows high school students to fulfill the Enlightium Academy mission of being a light to the world for the glory of God (Matt. 5:16). Community service experience benefits students when applying for college and for employment opportunities. Enlightium encourages parents’ involvement while their student is engaging in community service projects. It is a great way to model a giving heart to a community in need.

Community service can be completed for a non-profit and/or religious organization. 

Some ways students can earn community service hours include:

  • Participating in the local church community
  • Assisting in retirement homes and centers
  • Reading and tutoring in elementary schools
  • Volunteering in church settings
  • Assisting in homeless shelters
  • Volunteering at a humane society

However, individual service projects are highly recommended. Community service projects allow students to see a need in their community and come up with a way to provide support for that need. It is a great way for students to give back to their community, grow as a person, and develop a servant’s heart. 

Some examples of individual service projects that students have submitted in the past include:

  • A student organized a dog food drive with his church. They poured the dog food in gallon-sized ziplock bags and passed the bags out to homeless dog owners throughout the city.
  • A student grew up listening to his grandfather read the Bible to him. When the student’s grandfather’s eyesight started to fail, the student began reading the Bible to his grandfather.
  • A student went to the “Free Library” sites around his city and sterilized the receptacles and the books to help keep his community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A student took the trash cans to and from the curb of his elderly neighbor’s house on trash day. 

Community can be defined as family, neighborhood, town, city, county, state, country, or even the world.

Homeschool Requirements

Enlightium Academy is accredited in all 50 states and since the curriculum is teacher-led, it is recognized in many states as a traditional education. However, since students typically do school work from a home setting, your state may have unique homeschool policies. Search for your state on the Enlightium Academy blog to find articles concerning specific requirements.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers rigorous coursework to prepare students for AP exams and the opportunity to earn college credit. Contact your high school counselor and visit the Advanced Placement page for additional information concerning available courses through Ignitia.

Dual Enrollment (DE) Courses

Eligible Enlightium Academy students may take online or in-person courses at a college of their choice within Enlightium’s Dual Enrollment (DE) Program. The eligibility is determined by the college advisor. In order for students to pursue this type of opportunity with Enlightium, they must consult the Dual Enrollment counselor, maintain a minimum  3.0 GPA, and fill out an Enlightium Academy Equivalency Verification Form (provided by their Enlightium counselor) prior to dual enrolling in their local college and registering for college courses. In collaboration with the DE counselor, eligible students are required to pass a minimum of 1.5 credits of high school level Enlightium courses each year that they are enrolled as a DE student to be eligible for an Enlightium Diploma.

Graduation Fee

There is a $200 graduation fee for students in their final year at Enlightium Academy. If the prepayment option is chosen, the $200 fee will be added to the tuition. If the monthly payment plan is chosen, the $200 fee will be divided evenly among the monthly payments. The graduation fee is $300 for international students

This fee covers the cost of the diploma, handling, and shipping. Diplomas will be sent to students upon completion of all graduation requirements, typically within two weeks of the end of school year. There is no discount on the graduation fee.

Diploma Questions

Students or parents can contact their student’s counselor if they have any questions about the diploma. For questions about the graduation fee, you may contact the Billing Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual Graduation Ceremony

Graduating seniors

Enlightium Academy hosts an annual live graduation ceremony after each school year ends. Graduating seniors are not required to attend the live ceremony to receive their diplomas.

Watch past graduation ceremonies:

College Acceptance of Enlightium Graduates

Below are samples of college and university acceptance based on the data available to Enlightium Academy. This list is updated annually. If you cannot find a university in the list below at which you would like to apply, please check with that university's admissions department. Note that Enlightium Academy is a private approved school and is accredited by Cognia (formally AdvancED/NWAC) and ACSI.


Calhoun Community College
University Of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University Of South Alabama


Arizona State University
Arizona State University - Tempe
Grand Canyon University
University Of Phoenix


Garland County Community College
Harding University
John Brown University
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Central Arkansas


American River College (Los Rios CC District)
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
California State Polytechnic
California State University - Long Beach
California State University - Sacramento
City College Of San Francisco
Concordia University - Irvine
Cosumnes River College
Cosumnes River College (Los Rios CC District)
Culinary Institute of America
El Camino College
Fullerton College
Gavilan College
Glendale Community College
Hope International University Non-traditional
Hope International University Traditional
Marymount California University
National University
Orange Coast College
Sacramento City College (Los Rios CC District)
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Sonoma State University
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Davis
University of California-Irvine
University of California-Los Angeles
University of California-Merced
University of California-Riverside
Westmont College


Colorado Christian University
Fort Lewis College
University of Colorado - Denver


Sacred Heart University


University of Delaware in Newark
University of Delaware

District of Columbia

American University
Georgetown College
Howard University


Florida Southwestern State College
Palm Beach State College
Rollins College
Southeastern University
Tallahassee Community College
University in Miami
University of Central Florida
University of North Florida
Warner University


Columbus State University
DeKalb Technical College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Perimeter College
Georgia State University- Pc Decatur
Mercer University
Oglethorpe University
Savannah College of Art and Design
University of Georgia
University of North Georgia
University of West Georgia


Kauai Community College
University of Hawaii at Manoa


Boise State University
College of Western Idaho
Northwest Nazarene University


College Of Dupage
DePaul University
Eastern Illinois University
Illinois Central College
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Judson University
North Central College
Northwestern College
Olivet Nazarene University
Parkland College
Rock Valley College
Roosevelt University
University of Chicago
University of Illinois (Springfield)
Wheaton College


Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Ivy Tech Community College
Purdue University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
University of Notre Dame
University of Southern Indiana


Des Moines Area Community College
Iowa State University
Kaplan College


Fort Hays State University
Kansas State University
Wichita Area Technical College


Bellarmine University
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Brescia University
Hopkinsville Community College
Lindsey Wilson College
Murray State University
Midway University
Transylvania University


Louisiana SU/A&M College
Northwestern State University
Tulane University
University Of Louisiana Lafayette
University of Louisiana at Monroe


Southern Maine Community College
York County Community College


Anne Arundel Community College
College of Southern Maryland
Johns Hopkins University
McDaniel College
Montgomery College
Montgomery College: Takoma Park
Notre Dame Of Maryland University
Towson University
Univ of Maryland at Baltimore: School of Nursing
University Of Maryland - University Coll


Eastern Nazarene College
Gordon College
Wentworth Institute of Technology


Andrews University
Eastern Michigan University
Jackson College
Oakland Community College
Olivet College
Schoolcraft College
Spring Arbor University
University of Michigan


Crown College


East Central Community College
East Mississippi Community College
Jones County Junior College
Meridian Community College
University of Mississippi
University Of Southern Mississippi
William Carey University


Jefferson College
Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City
Missouri State University
Missouri State University: West Plains
Ozarks Technical Community College
St Charles Community College
University of Missouri: Columbia


Montana State University
Mountain State University


Metropolitan Community College


University of Nevada Las Vegas

New Jersey

County College of Morris
Georgian Court University
Montclair State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Pillar College
Rutgers University
Seton Hall University
Stevens Institute of Technology
William Paterson University of New Jersey

New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University
University of New Mexico

New York

College of Saint Rose
Columbia University
Hofstra University
Le Moyne College
New York University
Pace University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rockland Community College
SUNY University at Buffalo
Syracuse University
Wagner College

North Carolina

Appalachian State University
Barton College
Bennett College
East Carolina University
Elon University
Gardner-Webb University
High Point University
Nash Community College
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wake Technical Community College
Western Carolina University
Wingate University


Cedarville University
Columbus State Community Collage
The Ohio State University - Lima


Oral Roberts University
Southern Nazarene University
University of Oklahoma


Chemeketa Community College
Corban University
George Fox University
Lane Community College
Oregon State University
University of Oregon
University of Portland


Carlow University
Eastern University
Geneva College
Grove City College
Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Lebanon Valley College
Messiah College
Pennsylvania State University - Penn State Hazleton
University Of Pennsylvania
University of Valley Forge

Rhode Island

Community College of Rhode Island

South Carolina

Clemson University


Belmont University
Bethel University
Columbia State Community College
East Tennessee State University
Lee University
Middle Tennessee State University
Pellissippi State Community College
Southern Adventist University
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Tennessee Technological University
University of Tennessee: Chattanooga
University of Tennessee: Knoxville
University of Tennessee: Martin
Vanderbilt University
Volunteer State Community College


Abilene Christian University
Angelo State University
Baylor University
Blinn College
Blinn College: Bryan Campus
Collin County Community College
Dallas Baptist University
Hardin-Simmons University
Houston Baptist University
Lone Star College System District
Mountain View College
Northwest Vista College
Rice University
Sam Houston State University
San Antonio College
South Plains College
Southwestern Adventist University
St. Edward's University
St. Philip’s College
Stephen F. Austin State University
Tarleton State University
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University - College Station
Texas Christian University
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
The Art Institute of Austin
The Art Institute of Dallas
Tyler Junior College
University of Houston
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Texas
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas at Tyler
Weatherford College


Snow College
Weber State University


Champlain College


Bridgewater College
Christopher Newport University
Eastern Mennonite University
George Mason University
James Madison University
John Tyler Community College
Liberty University
Longwood University
Mary Baldwin University
Northern Virginia Community College
Randolph College
Richard Bland College
Shenandoah University
Strayer University - Washington
Thomas Nelson Community College
Virginia Polytech And State Univ
Virginia Wesleyan University
Wytheville Community College


Eastern Washington University
Green River College
Green River Community College
Highline College
Northwest Leadership College
Northwest University
Saint Martin's University
Spokane Community College

West Virginia

Fairmont State
Marshall University
West Virginia State University
West Virginia University


Maranatha Baptist University


England: University of Bolton
England: Southampton Solent University
France: Ecole Emile Cohl
Georgia: Georgian Technical University
MacEwan University
Singapore: Singapore Institute of Management

Additional Resources

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Same Weight as a Traditional High School Diploma?
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