Graduation Requirements

 

Course Credits

Students complete the academic standards by taking a core course of study that equips them with the knowledge and skills they need for success in post-secondary education, highly skilled work, and civic life. In order to graduate, your child’s high school coursework must include at least the minimum state course credit requirements.

Students must complete a minimum of 21.5 course credits as follows:

 

4 credits of language arts
 

3 credits of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, statistics and probability sufficient to satisfy the standards. Students in the graduating class of 2015 and beyond must complete an algebra II credit or its equivalent as part of the 3-credit requirement. In addition to the high school credits, students in the graduating class of 2015 and beyond must also complete an algebra credit by the end of eighth grade.
 

3 credits of science, including a biology credit. In addition, students in the graduating class of 2015 and beyond must complete a chemistry, physics, or Career and Technical Education (CTE) credit as part of the 3-credit requirement. (The CTE credit must meet the standards underlying the chemistry or physics credit.)
 

3½ credits of social studies, including U.S. history, geography, government and citizenship, world history and economics.
 

1 credit in the arts 
 

7 elective credits

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/dse/gradreq/