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All Indiana students are required by state law to create a High School Graduation Plan, which helps you make sure you’re on track to reach your college and career goals.

When should I start my Graduation Plan?

Indiana’s Graduation Plan begins in grade 6. You will commit to completing high school. Your parents or legal guardians will have to sign your Graduation Plan.

In grades 8 and 9, you will start planning your high school courses with your counselor. Read more about Indiana’s Core 40 and International Baccalaureate diploma options. Consider committing to a Core 40 Diploma with Academic Honors or Technical Honors. Some Indiana colleges only accept students with Honors, and the extra academic challenge will serve you well in your college or in your career, too. Apprenticeship programs often look for students with Technical Honors. You can read more about Learn More Indiana's resources on apprenticeship programs.

In grades 10 through 12, you will review your Grad Plan at least once a year to make sure you’re still on track for graduation with the diploma you want. You will also keep track of ISTEP+ and End-of-Course Assessment scores, which will help determine whether you can continue to the next grade. Tests like the SAT and ACT are required for college admissions, so you’ll keep track of those, too. Read more about all these tests here.


These IUPUI grads know that earning a degree—or a  high school diploma—takes hard work and a plan. (Photo credit: IUPUI.)

Where can I get a copy of the Graduation Plan?

Learn More Indiana is your resource for Indiana’s Graduation Plan! Learn about your options:

Online Graduation Plan
The easiest way to keep track of your Graduation Plan is to create an account with the Indiana Career Explorer. You’ll be able to keep track of your progress, print off pages for your parents to sign and more. The Indiana Career Explorer also offers the career interest inventories you will have to take as part of your Grad Plan.

Printer-friendly Versions
If you’d like a paper copy of your Grad Plan, you can print off these versions:

How do I complete my Graduation Plan?

For more help on completing your Grad Plan, check out our Help! section.

What if I'm graduating early?

If you are planning to graduate from high school before your senior year, you may be eligible to receive up to $4,000 for college in the Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship. Make the scholarship part of your graduation plan if graduating early is on your horizon.

What about the SAT and ACT?

College admissions exams, including the SAT, PSAT, ACT and PLAN should definitely be part of your plan for graduating from high school and completing college. Learn more about these college admissions exams and other tests you'll take as a student in Indiana.

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