- College Visits
- Diploma Types
- GPA & Class Rank
- Senior Timeline Tips
- Valedictorian & Salutatorian
Why visit a college or other post-secondary institution?
- A key part of deciding which college to go to is finding a good fit. A great way to get more information is to visit the colleges in person.
How many visits can I get a year?
- Each senior is allotted ONE day for a campus tour a year.
Who do I need to tell about my visit?
- All visits must be cleared through the your counselor PRIOR to the date of the absence via email from a parent/guardian.
Is my absence excused?
- Visits are generally excused if the counselor is notified PRIOR to the absence.
- General Education Diploma
- Honors Diploma
- Diploma of Distinction
- Special Education Diploma
- Occupational Diploma
- Alternate Academic Diploma
General Education Diploma
There are two types of General Education diplomas:
- Tullahoma High School Diploma
- Students will earn the specified twenty-six (26) credits outlined in the course catalog (page 5).
- State of Tennessee High School Diploma
- Students will earn the specified twenty-two (22) credits as stated in TCS Board Policy 4.605.
- Please note that the diploma issued will have "State of Tennessee" instead of "Tullahoma High School" across the top.
As Defined by the state of Tennessee the following criteria are used to determine students who graduate with honors:
Students who score at or above all the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with state honors.
ACT national benchmark scores or SAT equivalent
English - 18
Math - 22
Reading - 22
Science - 23
Diploma of Distinction
As Defined by the state of Tennessee the following criteria are used to determine students who graduate with distinction:
Diploma of Distinction:
Students will be recognized as graduating with “state distinction” by attaining a (3.0 GPA) or a minimum of a B average AND completing one of the following:
* Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
* Participate in at least one (1) of the Governor’s Schools
* Participate in one (1) of the state’s ALL State musical organizations
* Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
* Attain a score of thirty-one (31) or higher composite score on the ACT
* Attain a score of three (3) or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
* Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (not currently offered at THS)
* Earn twelve (12) or more semester hours of transcripted, post-secondary credit (Dual Enrollment Courses)
Special Education Diploma
In addition to the special education diploma requirements:
• Students must have a strong vocational and career focus.
• It is an IEP Team decision made on or after the conclusion of the 10th grade or 2 years prior to exiting high school.
• Students must successfully complete the Skills, Knowledge, and Experience Mastery Assessment (SKEMA).
This is not a regular education diploma but students may continue to work toward their regular high school diplomas while pursuing occupational diplomas or after receiving an occupational diploma.
Alternate Academic Diploma
Implemented in 2018-19
Designed to provide access to rigorous and meaningful instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is aligned to the coursework and ACT requirements of the regular diploma. In order to earn the AAD, a student must:
- have participated in the high school alternate state assessments;
- earned the prescribed 22 credit minimum;
- received special education services or supports and made satisfactory progress on an individualized education program (IEP);
- have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct; and
- completed a transition assessment(s) that measures, at a minimum, post-secondary education and training, employment, independent living, and community involvement.
Students can receive an Occupational Diploma as well as an Alternate Academic Diploma.
GPA & Class Rank
Tullahoma High School utilizes a weighted grading scale. Each weight is listed below:
Advanced Placement (AP) courses:
A = 5.0 B = 4.0 C = 3.0 D = 2.0 F = 0
Dual Enrollment courses:
A = 5.0 B = 4.0 C = 3.0 D = 2.0 F = 0
A = 4.5 B = 3.5 C = 2.5 D = 1.5 F = 0
A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 D = 1.0 F = 0
In addition to the weighted GPA, the unweighted grading scale, used for HOPE scholarship purposes, will also be reported on the transcript.
The following scale will be used:
A = 4 B = 3 C = 2 D = 1 F = 0
See the Uniform Grading Policy 3.301.
State Financial Aid Summary
Click here for all financial aid available to the state of Tennessee graduates, including Tennessee Promise, HOPE, Wilder-Naifeh, etc.
University/Technical College Scholarships
|Paul Mitchell Schools||https://paulmitchell.edu/financial-aid|
|TN College of Applied
Separate application required
Senior Timeline Tips
Valedictorian & Salutatorian
Chosen AFTER the seventh semester grades are posted.
Must have been enrolled at THS at least 4 of the 7 semesters PRIOR to the final semester.
Includes all grades from 9th through the FIRST semester of 12th grade year.
The FINAL semester will NOT be used in determining class rank or local school honors.
Final GPA will be placed on transcript.