Jump Start TOPS Tech (Career Diploma)
For Students Entering 9th Grade in 2014-2015 and beyond
Students entering high school in the Fall of 2014 and beyond who wish to graduate with a Jumpstart TOPS Tech (Career Diploma) must meet the following requirements:
Jump Start Course Requirements
JUMP START COURSE SEQUENCES, WORKPLACE EXPERIENCES, AND CREDENTIALS (At least 9 Units)
Complete a regionally designed series of CTE Jump Start coursework and workplace-based learning experiences, leading to a statewide or regional Jump Start credential. This shall include courses and workplace experiences specific to the credential, courses related to foundational career skills requirement in Jump Start, and other courses, including career electives, that the Jump Start regional team determines are appropriate for the pathway.
Students must attain an approved statewide or regional credential in order to graduate.
More information can be found at Jumpstart@la.gov.
When students take a course corresponding with a Leap 2025 - End of Course test, students are required to take the test. Students must score at least an “approaching basic” on the English I, II, III, Algebra I, Geometry, and U. S. History exam. Those taking Biology must score a “fair.”
Students also must take the ACT. Jump Start teams may elect to have students pursuing the Career Diploma take the WorkKeys test in addition to the ACT. The Department of Education has established a policy creating score level equivalents between the ACT and WorkKeys. A student’s highest equivalent score, resulting of the student’s score on either the ACT or WorkKeys, would generate ACT index accountability points.
REQUIRED FAFSA CRITERIA:
Most Louisiana high school graduates are eligible for some form of merit- or need-based financial aid. Students can apply for state and federal financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be used at four-year universities, two-year community colleges, and technical training programs.
Louisiana requires public school students to take one of the following steps in order to graduate:
1) Submit the FAFSA;
2) Apply for TOPS;
3) Submit an opt-out, non-participation form to the school; or
4) receive a hardship waiver through the school system.