In order to be eligible for a General Achievement Diploma, a candidate must be at least 18 years of age and not enrolled in a public school or not otherwise meet the compulsory school attendance requirements of Va. Code § 22.1-254. Candidates must earn a total of twenty standard units of credit including the following:

English 4
Mathematics (Alg. 1 or above) 3
Science 2
Social Studies

·         VA & US History (1)

·         VA & US Government (1)

World Language 1
Health & PE 2
Fine Arts or CTE 1
Economics & Personal Finance 1
Electives (two sequential) 9
Total Credits 20

The required standard units of credit may be earned by enrolling in:

  • a public school if the candidate meets the age requirements;
  • a community college or other institution of higher education;
  • an adult high school program; or
  • a correspondence, distance learning, and/or an online courses.

Candidates for a General Achievement Diploma must achieve a passing score on the GED examination.