Highland Academy offers students two diploma options to meet State of Tennessee graduation requirements:

The Standard Diploma is designed to provide the student with the foundation necessary to enter a four-year college or university program of study.

The Advanced Diploma is designed to provide the student with every possible academic advantage that Highland Academy can offer in academic preparation for a four-year college or university.

To receive a DIPLOMA, a student must:

  1. Be in attendance at Highland Academy for the last semester and take at least a minimum student load (four academic classes or five total classes); and
  2. Successfully complete 240 semester units of instruction for the standard diploma or 250 semester units of instruction for the advanced diploma; and
  3. Complete ALL school work BEFORE participating in the graduation exercises; and
  4. Student account must be paid in full.

Course work must include the following general requirements:



Religion (5 units per semester in attendance at an SDA school) 40 40
Fine Arts 10 10
English 40 40
Foreign Language 0 20
PE and Health (Requirements for transfer students may differ) 25 25
Mathematics (pre-Algebra does not fulfill this requirement)
* Required courses: Algebra I, II, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus
40 40*
Science ** Two lab courses in addition to Biology (Chemistry, Physics, or A & P) 30 30**
Social Studies (World History, U.S. History, Government, and Economics) 30 30
Computer Applications 5 10
Personal Finance 5 5
Electives 15 as desired