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Understanding the Applied Studies Diploma (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)


Limitations of Applied Studies Diploma:
  • Not equivalent to a standard diploma,
  • Difficult to change to other diploma options once pursued,
  • May not qualify a child for higher education, federal financial aid and some employment opportunities,
  • Eligible for FAPE through the age of 22.
Available only for children with disabilities:
  • Complete the requirements of their IEP,
  • Do not meet requirements for Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma.


Diploma Options Elementary Employment High School Individualized Education Program (IEP) Middle School Transition