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"Don't Leave School Without It"



The Ministry of Education recognizes education as essential to enhancing the quality of life of the people of The Bahamas. The specific focus of the Department of Education, therefore, is to prepare young people to become active, globally competitive, caring and compassionate citizens with the capacity to continuously improve the quality of life for themselves and others.


In an effort to ensure that all students have an opportunity to do this, as well as to graduate, it is the Ministry’s desire to see more students qualify as graduates from high school. The Ministry has therefore introduced a new initiative to assist students with qualifying to graduate. This program is called the  Bahamas High School Diploma (BHSD), which was implemented in September 2014.


The 2014 9th grade students will be the first to graduate with a Bahamas High School Diploma (BHSD), which will indicate that you have met a standard level of accomplishment during your high school life.


How do you qualify for a BHSD? Well, just answer these questions. Can you


¨ Pass at least 4 BJCs including Math & English?

¨ Complete grades 10-12 and earn the required credits?

¨ Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA?

¨ Complete community service and job training? 

¨ Attend school 90% of the time required?

If you answered yes to these questions, you are well on your way to graduating high school.


For more information download the brochure 


The following highlights the minimum criteria for a student to graduate with a Diploma from a Public High School.


¨ Attain four subjects in the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) Examinations including Mathematics, English Language, a Science, Social Studies or Career and Technical Education  subject administered at the end of the ninth grade.


twenty (27) credit hours in grades 10—12, Fifteen (15) of the credit hours are gained from ¨ Complete a minimum of core subjects and twelve (12) are earned through the pathway


¨ Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 over the three years, grade 10 - 12, on a four point scale.


¨ Complete thirty (30) hours of unpaid Community Service on the students’ time during the tenth eleventh-grade years.and 

A student may choose a Community Service Activity within the guidelines provided by the school. The student will be required to maintain record service activities on a form provided by the school. This form must be signed and verified by the receiving agency. Completion of this requirement may deferred until May of grade twelve, provided approval is granted by the school.a of  community


¨ Complete twenty (20) hours of Job  Readiness Training.


¨ Maintain 90% or higher attendance and punctuality over the 3 year period, grades 10-12.

¨ Maintain 90% punctuality level over 3 year period, grades 10-12.

¨ Parents are required to participate in a minimum of three (3) parent/teacher conferences between grades 10-12.


Please note that the student’s conduct and parental involvement will also play a role in the eligibility for graduation.

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