A Special Diploma shall be awarded to each qualified student who successfully completes the requirements set forth in his/her Individualized Educational Program (IEP), but does not meet the requirements for a diploma set forth in the Standards of Quality and the Standards of Accreditation.

The School Board will notify parents of qualified students with disabilities who have an IEP and who fail to meet the requirements for graduation of the right to a free and appropriate education to age 21, inclusive, pursuant to Va. Code § 22.1-213 et seq.



 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:

Standard Units of Credits Required


English                                                                          4

Mathematics (Algebra I or above)                           3

Science                                                                         2

History and Social Science                                        2

VA & US History (1)

VA & US Government (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.