In accordance with the Ohio CORE Graduation Requirements, all students need to complete the following minimum credit requirements adopted by the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education:  



    4 credits of English


    4 credits including:

    1. Algebra I
    2. Geometry
    3. Algebra II
    4. Fourth math credit


    3 credits including: 

    1. 1 credit of Physical Science 
    2. 1 credit of Life Science 
    3. 1 credit of advanced science

    Social Studies

    3 credits including:

    1. 1 credit of American History
    2. 1 credit of American Government
    3. .5 credit of World History
    4. .5 credit of history elective


    1. .5 credit

    Physical Education

    1. .5 credit

    Economics & Financial Literacy

    (Students must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy in high school for the class of 2021 and beyond)

    1. .5 credit of either Economics & Financial Literacy, Fundamentals of Financial Services, or equivalent course.


    8 elective credits including:

    1. .25 Transitions to Careers
    2. .25 THRIVE
    3. .5 College and Career Readiness
    4. 1 credit of fine arts (earned in 9th-12th grade; or two semesters passed in 7th-8th grade)

    Total Credits Needed for Graduation

    23 credits

    Beginning with the Graduation Class of 2023

    First, students must earn 23 credits in the required curriculum areas.

    Second, students must earn a passing score on Ohio’s high school Algebra I and English II tests.

    Third, students must earn two diploma seals.


    Students will choose one of three curricular avenues: Vocational, Technical or College.  Vocational students will attend Tri-Rivers all day each year of attendance in their vocational program.  College Prep students will be at CLHS all day or part of the day with a combination of College Credit Plus classes. College Prep seniors/juniors will take English, Government and at least two of the following: Science, Math and Foreign Language, with a focus on Honors and/or AP courses.

    Physical Education Waiver The Cardington Board of Education has adopted a policy to excuse from the high school physical education requirement (.5 credit) each student who, during high school, has participated in interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading for at least two full seasons.  In order to qualify for this waiver, the student must complete 90% of the season (practices, games or performances) and graduate from Cardington High School. 


    The student transcript will show a P for passing the ½ credit required for graduation through this waiver process.  However, the student shall be required to complete one-half unit, consisting of at least sixty hours of instruction, in another course of study to have the required number of credits for graduation.   


    An application with specific timelines is available for the Physical Education waiver option through the guidance office.