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Occupational Diploma


The Occupational Diploma Program is intended to meet the needs of a small group of students with disabilities who need an alternative course of study that focuses on independent post-school employment and living skills. The vast majority of students with disabilities will complete the requirements for a South Carolina High School diploma with the use of accommodations, modifications and other support services as needed. The Occupational Diploma Program is a modified curriculum consisting of courses in English, mathematics, careers, science and social studies. These courses are taught by Special Education Teachers. The IEP Team, which includes the parent and student, will make the recommendation as to the appropriateness of the Occupational Diploma Program for a particular student.


The decision will be based on the student’s post-school transition needs and goals, academic and functional performance data, present levels of performance, and any other data needed to make the appropriate decision regarding graduation options.  Entry Criteria IEP Team recommendation, with informed parental consent. Capable of reaching a 6th grade reading, writing, and math level or show documented growth. Capable of successfully completing a standards-based curriculum to include: functional academics, independent work training/experience and living skills.


Capable of sustaining competitive employment. If a student has successfully met standards on the PASS exam in middle school, then the student should enter high school pursuing the state diploma. If a student’s MAP RIT for Reading/Language is at or above 209 and or MAP RIT for Math is at or above 223, then the student should work toward a state diploma. If a student successfully met standards on HSAP in 10th grade, then the IEP Team should reconvene and review the student’s graduation options.