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219,495 high school students

As states work to raise their academic standards, several national high school reform initiatives are assisting them in their efforts to strengthen their high schools so that they provide students with a 21st century education and skills. Through the profile provided here, the National High School Center offers (a) a snapshot of the state’s graduation requirements and college entrance requirements and (b) summaries of national reform initiatives active in the state.

High School and College Alignment in the State

The following table shows the state’s alignment between high school graduation requirements and minimum state college entrance requirements, providing a quick source for determining whether there is a gap between what students must know to graduate and what they are expected to have mastered in order to enter college.

High School Graduation Requirements College Admission Requirements

English Units

English 9, 10, 11, 12


Mathematics Units

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II with Trigonometry, Mathematics electives (2)

Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry, Trigonometry or Calculus

Social Studies Units

Social studies 9, 10, 11, 12

World History

Science Units

Biology, Physical Science, Science electives (2)

2 sciences with labs

Foreign Language Units

none stated


Art Units


none stated

Additional Units

P.E. – 1
Health – 0.5
Computer applications – 0.5
Electives – 5.5

none stated

Total Units




Alabama High School Graduation Exam




High School Improvement Initiatives at Work in the State

National High School Improvement Initiatives
As states work to ready high school students for postsecondary success, many are partnering with national organizations to undertake high school improvement efforts. The following list includes national improvement initiatives at work in the state. National initiatives are defined as significant programs, projects, technical assistance, or key information clearinghouses dedicated to high school improvement. For information about and related to research on these initiatives, please click on the name of the initiative to link to a synthesis below:

Alabama Title I School Improvement Grants Information
For information on Alabama's Title I School Improvement Grants (SIG), please visit the National High School Center’s Tracking Table of SIG Awards to States and LEAs.

Alabama ARRA Initiatives
For information on Alabama's ARRA efforts as it relates to education, please visit the state's ARRA Web page.

Other High School Improvement Initiatives
For information on high school improvement initiatives launched at the state level visit the Alabama Department of Education.