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High School Graduation Requirements

The following graduation requirements are specific to Creative Arts Secondary School.  You must satisfactory meet all 4 graduation requirements in a timely manner to participate in commencement exercises and receive a high school diploma from Creative Arts Secondary School.
    1. Students must earn a minimum of 94 credits (86 for Class of 2019-2021) to graduate.
    2. Earned credits must consists of the following coursework:
    • 4 years of English (16 credits)
    • 3 years of Math (12 credits)
    • 4 years of Social Studies (16 credits) - Class of 2019-2021 only needs 3½ years
    • 3 years of Science (12 credits) - must have 1 year of Biology and 1 full year of Chemistry or Physics; you may not combine partial year of Chemistry and Physics
    • 1 year of Fine Arts (4 credits)
    • ½ year of Physical Education (2 credits)
    • ½ year of Health (2 credits)
    • ½ year of FACS/Industrial Tech/Business (2 credits)
    • 28 elective credits - Class of 2019-2021 only needs 22 credits

    3. Taken the ACT, Accuplacer Test, or equivalent standardized test.
    4. Fulfill Senior Obligations.

    • Returned all textbooks, library books and iPad
    • Have no outstanding fees (technology, late library books, and other school-related fees)
    • Completed Senior Survey

    **Students passing concurrent enrollment courses (PSEO) will receive both high school and college credit.  See your school counselor for more information.

    Need to make up Credits or Classes?

    Students deficient in credits and/or required coursework for graduation are encouraged to participate in credit recovery options.  Students who are absent MORE THAN 2 DAYS during each credit recovery option session will receive NO CREDIT regardless of academic progress or acheivement and will be automatically dropped.  NOTE: During Quarter 4, students are only allowed 1 ABSENCE.

    1. Summer School (S-Term) – Students may earn up to 12 credits for 3 courses. There are two S-Term offerings each summer.
    2. Alternative Learning Center (ALC) at Gordon Parks High School (Evening High School) – You must be at least 16 years old to enroll in ALC at Gordon Parks.  Seniors may take 3 courses per quarter.  Non-Senior students may only take 2 courses per quarter.  Enrollment for ALC courses at Gordon Parks begins the first week of each Quarter.   You must have a counselor referral to participate in ALC at Gordon Parks.  

    To ensure students are on track to graduate in June of their senior year, please review graduation requirements and make an appointment with your school counselor for a credit check.