Graduation Requirements

At North Putnam High School, all students enter with the expectation of earning the Core 40 Diploma, the Core 40 Diploma with Academic Honors or the Core 40 Diploma with Technical Honors. The State of Indiana also offers a general minimum diploma which is available at North Putnam High School following a special conference in which the general diploma is agreed upon by the student, parents, an administrator and the counselor. Requirements for these diplomas are as follows:

Core 40 Diploma 43 semesters (43 credits)

English - 8 semesters
  • English 9 - 2 semesters
  • English 10 - 2 semesters
  • English 11 - 2 semesters
  • English 12 - 2 semesters
Math - 6 semesters
  • Algebra I - 2 semesters
  • Geometry - 2 semesters
  • Algebra II - 2 semesters
Students beginning in 2012+ must take a math or quantitative reasoning course each year of high school.

Science - 6 semesters
  • Biology - 2 semesters
  • Integrated Chemistry Physics or Chemistry or Physics - 2 semesters
  • One other Core 40 Science - 2 semesters
(May be Human Anatomy & Physiology, Earth Science, ALS agriscience course.)

Social Studies - 6 semesters
  • World History & Civilation - 2 semesters
  • United States History - 2 semesters
  • US Government - 1 semester
  • Economics - 1 semester
Physical Education - 2 semesters
Health and Wellness - 1 semester
Fine Arts (Band, Choir or Art) - 1 semester
Careers - 1 semester
Personal Finance - 1 semester
Digital Citizenship - 1 semester

Core 40 with Academic Honors (47 semesters – 47 credits)

Core 40 with Academic Honors requires the 43 credits listed above plus:
Earn a “C” or better in individual courses that count toward the diploma. Final GPA must be 3.0 or better.

Math – total 8 semesters adding

  • Pre-Calculus - 2 semesters
  • or Probability & Statistics - 1 semester
  • and Discrete Math - 1 semester
Foreign Language
  • 6 semesters of one language
  • or 8 semesters – four each of two languages
(Spanish is the only foreign language currently offered at North Putnam.)

Fine Arts – 2 semesters

To complete the Core 40 with Academic Honors, students must also complete one of the following:
  • Two AP courses.
  • Six dual credits. (Two dual credit classes)
  • One AP course and three dual credits.
  • Score 1200 combined critical reading/math SAT or a combined reading /math 26 ACT.

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The Guidance Department will make every effort to keep this list updated; however, the most up to date information can be found by meeting with your Guidance Counselor.


Ivy Tech Scholarships- Once students have been admitted to Ivy Tech, they can apply for scholarships via their MyIvy account or can get more info at Only one application is completed for approximately 600 scholarships.

Parke County REMC Scholarship- $1,000 scholarships given to Seniors whose parents/guardians are members and full time residents in the Parke County REMC service area, have a 2.5 GPA, and plan to attend college or technical school. Applications are in the guidance office. Due April 2nd. 

Best Mattress Sleep Scholarship - 

-$1000 Scholarship 

 Applicants must be current high school seniors attending school in the US or current college students already studying at an accredited US post-secondary institution. 

-Applicants must be US Citizens 

-Applicants must be anticipating completion of high school diploma at time of application or already in possession of high school diploma / GED

-Applicants must be planning to or already currently pursuing a degree at an accredited US post-secondary institution 

-Applicants must be carrying a minimum 3.0 GPA currently or at the end of their senior year 

-Due May 19th 


-Applications are in the guidance office. 

Delta Theta Tau, Theta Chapter - has two $800 grants available to female high school

seniors pursuing a college or vocational school degree.  Grant applications are available at the NPHS guidance office.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday April 10th 2018.  

Quail Forever Scholarship - The West Central Indiana Chapter of Quail Forever will award a scholarship in the amount of $1000.  All Putnam County graduating high school seniors are welcome to apply.  Applications for this scholarship can be found in the North Putnam High School guidance office.  All applications must be postmarked no later than April 20th 2018.  

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship- $2,500 scholarship for Seniors with a 3.0 GPA who will attend a four year college. Must have participated in community service and combined parental income cannot exceed $50,000. Application forms can be found at  Due March 31st.

Indiana Sheriff's Association Scholarship- $500 scholarship for seniors pursuing a career in a law enforcement field at an Indiana college or university. Applicants must be a current member of the Indiana Sheriff's Association (or child or grandchild of a current member) and can become a member as part of the application. Applications are in the guidance office. Due April 1st. 

Seniors: The North Putnam Teachers Association is pleased to offer a scholarship for any senior enrolling in a two or four year college for the 2018-19 academic school year. See Mrs. Fields in Room 203 to pick up an application. Applications will be due no later than Friday, April 20.

On-Line Scholarship Search (Lets students search for merit based scholarships at particular colleges before they apply. Free service.) (Sallie Mae website for college search and financing) ($1000 drawings every 2 weeks from Oct to May. Open 9/14) (one $2500 drawing)

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