There are currently nine (9) high school diploma options which are available to secondary students enrolled in HopeTree Academy- 6 public school diplomas and 2 private school (HopeTree) diplomas plus the Individualized Student Alternative Education Program (ISAEP) that a student can pursue which culminates in him/her receiving the Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED).
The following are brief descriptions of the 8 public school and 2 unique HopeTree Academy diploma’s which are available to its students.:
- Advanced Studies Diploma (Public School) – 8VAC20-131-50-C
The student must take/pass 4 courses in English, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics; 3 courses in a Foreign Language(s); 2 courses in Health and Physical Education; 1 course in Fine Arts or Career & Technical Ed.; 1 course in Economics and Personal Finance as well as 3 other elective courses – 26 course credits in total. The Advanced Diploma student must also take/pass 2 SOL tests in his/her 4 English, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics courses plus pass another course SOL test selected by the student – 9 SOL course tests in total. A HopeTree student who completes this rigorous diploma option will probably be planning on obtaining a four-year liberal arts or specialized college degree.
- Advanced Technical Diploma – 8VAC20-131-50-E
The student must take/pass 3 technical courses in lieu of three electives which were cited above for the Advanced Studies Diploma. The HopeTree student who obtains an Advanced Technical Diploma often will pursue some highly technical field of studies at a four-year college or specialized institution of higher learning (engineering, computer, manufacturing, medicine, etc.)
- Standard Diploma (Public School) – 8VAC20-131-50-B
The student must take/pass 4 courses in English; 3 courses each in Social Studies, Science and Mathematics; 2 courses in Foreign Language or Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education; 1 course in Economics and Personal Finance; and, 4 other elective courses for 22 course credits in total. The Standard Diploma student must also take/pass 2 SOL course tests in English and 1 SOL course test in each of the Mathematics, Laboratory Science and History and Social Studies course areas plus another course SOL test selected by the student – 6 SOL course tests in total. A HopeTree student choosing this diploma option will often enter a community college setting for a general course of studies, technical or military training.
- Standard Technical Diploma – 8VAC20-131-50-C
The student must take/pass 4 career or technical education sequence of courses in lieu of taking 4 other elective courses outlined above in the requirements for the Standard Diploma. Also, the Standard Technical Diploma student must pass a career or occupational proficiency exam or assessment recognized by the Virginia Board of Education. The HopeTree student who attains this diploma will often attend a community college or trade school for further trade or occupational skill development, enter the workforce, or enlist in the military.
- Modified Standard Diploma (Public School) – 8VAC20-131-50-F
(For students with an identified educational disability(-ies) and the approval of their IEP Team) In order to attain the Modified Standard Diploma, the HopeTree student must take/pass 4 English courses; 3 Practical Mathematics courses; 2 Sciences; History and Social Studies; Health and Physical Education courses; 1 Fine Arts or Career/Technical Education course and 6 elective courses – 20 course credits in total. For this diploma, there is no requirement to take/pass any SOL course tests other than pass a literacy and numeracy assessment prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education. HopeTree students who attain this diploma often will enter laborer or entry-level semi-skilled trades. Students with a Modified Standard Diploma will often attend sheltered workshops or trade skill development organizations that specialize in job placement and occupational training for individuals with disabilities.
- Special Diploma (Public School) – 8VAC20-131-50-G
If a HopeTree student with a disability(-ies) completes the requirements of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) and does not meet the Requirements for other diplomas, he/she shall be awarded a Special Diploma.
Besides the six public school diplomas described above, HopeTree Academy offers two other private school diplomas which are designed primarily for non- disabled (non-IEP, special education) residential students for which HopeTree Academy cannot obtain any course SOL tests from their local (home) public school division.
- HopeTree Standard Diploma requires a HopeTree Academy student to take/pass the same SOL-based courses and accumulate the same number course credits (22) that is required of a student who is pursuing the (public school) Standard Diploma; however, the student does not have to take/pass any end-of-course SOL tests. For the HopeTree Standard Diploma recipient, he/she often can enter the military, trades schools, community college, apprenticeship (trade) training program, entry-level or semi-skilled job in the labor force.
- HopeTree Life Career Diploma – HopeTree Academy places a heavy emphasis on practical academics and functional life skills. The Life-Career Diploma is awarded to students who complete requirements in career and technical courses taken on-campus, “on-the-job” training and/or in apprenticeship or workshop training, or technical/community college coursework. In order to receive this 23 course credit diploma, the HopeTree Academy student must take/pass 4 courses in Practical/Occupational English, 3 Math courses of Economics and Personal Finance, Practical Algebra, Computer Math or Applied Functions and Data Analysis; 2 Science courses (one must be Environmental Science); 3 Social Studies courses (two must be VA/US History and VA/US Government); 4 one-semester courses in Driver’s Ed., Basic computer Functions, Parenting and Career/Adult Survival Living Skills; and, 4 Vocational/Technical courses (on-campus, “on-the-job” training, apprenticeship or workshop training and/or community college technical courses.