Diploma Paths



Millard Public Schools, a world-class district, facilitates student goal setting. High school students are able to indicate a diploma path to pursue during their high school years. In addition to the Regular Diploma, students are able to choose from two categories of diplomas, either the Liberal Arts path or the Specialty path.

The Liberal Arts path addresses the needs of students who plan to earn a degree after graduation from high school. The Specialty path focuses on those students who plan to specialize in a particular career field or for those seeking a degree in that particular career field. Both paths include incentive categories by which students 
are able to select a more rigorous diploma by taking more classes and achieving a higher Grade Point Average (GPA). Incentive categories are labeled “Commended” and “Distinguished.” Specialty areas for this year include: Industrial Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Fine and Performing Arts, Health Occupations (MSHS & MWHS), Business and Technology. Please see the requirements for the diploma paths listed in your High School Curriculum Handbook or on your School Website to assist you with completing your application.

In an effort to recognize students who elect and are successful in meeting a Commended or Distinguished Diploma Path, you are asked to complete this application form (both sides) and submit to your school’s Guidance Office by the end of the third quarter/term.


Q.   Where did the idea of diploma paths originate?
A.   The idea comes from the district’s strategic plan, under Strategy 3.

Q.   Why would a student pursue an alternate diploma path instead of the regular diploma?
A.   Any Millard School diploma is well respected; however, the alternate diploma paths focus Millard students’ high school course work toward long-range goals.  Students who plan to complete a four-year college education should consider taking the courses outlined in the Liberal Arts paths. All students may be interested in concentrating their studies in an area of their interest through the Specialty paths rather than taking unrelated courses.  The goal of the any of the paths is to challenge students to do the best work they can in high school and to prepare them for life after high school.

Q.   Will students officially select a diploma path?  If so, when?
A.   There are several times when an adviser asks a student which diploma path he or she is considering or pursuing in order to help with the selection of courses, such as on the PLP. The official determination of whether or not a student completed all requirements for the diploma path will occur the student’s senior year.  At that time, students will apply for the diploma path that they will reach at graduation. A certificate is sent after graduation when all requirements are completed.  

 Q.  If a student sets out to meet requirements for one of the diploma paths, but doesn't finish all of the requirements, does that mean that he or she will not graduate?
A.   No. A student must meet the regular graduation requirements in order to graduate.  The diploma paths are above and beyond basic graduation requirements.

Q.   May students change diploma paths during their high school years?
A.   Yes.  While it might be most helpful to select the path early and pursue it throughout high school, some things will change in a student's life, and he or she may decide to change paths throughout the four years.

Q.   If the students start on one path and aren't successful, is there an easy transition system to a different track?  
A.   The actual diploma that students will receive will be based on their credits as they prepare to graduate, so they will receive a diploma based on the courses, grade point, etc. that they have earned as of then.  If they start toward the distinguished path, for example, and don't quite get there, they may qualify for the commended diploma.  Otherwise, they will receive a regular diploma, just as they would currently. 

Q.   What will happen if students don't qualify for any of the paths?  
A.   Those students will receive a regular diploma, which will give them all the privileges of being a high school graduate.

Q.   For Liberal Arts Paths, must you take AP classes in addition to the increased core classes?
A.   No.  The guidelines simply require that you succeed in at least 20 (or 40) AP credits in your time in high school.   AP classes may be part of the core classes or be any other AP classes.  

 Q.  For a Liberal Arts Distinguished Diploma, students must take 40 additional credits in core areas.  What areas are classified as core areas?
A.   Core areas include English, math, social studies, science, and world languages.

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