• Diploma Pathways

    During the Spring of a student's sophomore year, he or she, along with his or her parents will need to choose a pathway to graduation. In Louisiana, there are currently two main pathways to graduation: the Tops University Pathway and the Jump Start Pathway.

    TOPS University Pathway
    • The University Pathway should be chosen if the student's plans for after graduation are to attend a four-year college or university immediately after high school. To graduate in this pathway, the student will need to obtain 24 credits and pass the required LEAP 2025 assessments. The coursework in this pathway, along with having the required ACT score and grade point average, will make the student eligible for the TOPS Opportunity, Performance, or Honors Awards (see Tops heading for details).
    Jump Start Pathway (TOPS Tech)

    The Jump Start Pathway should be chosen if the student does not plan to attend a 4 year college or university IMMEDIATELY after high school. The student IS eligible to attend a COMMUNITY or TECHNICAL COLLEGE of their choice. The student WILL be able to attend a four year college or university after attending a community or technical college. As part of the Jump Start Pathway, the student will choose an area of concentration. To graduate in this pathway, the student will need to obtain 23 credits, pass the required LEAP 2025 assessments, and obtain the Industry Based Certifications that are specific towards his or her area of concentration. Graduating in this pathway, along with having the required ACT or Work Keys score and grade point average, will make the student eligible for the TOPS Tech Award. 

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