Minimum High School Graduation Requirements

Published: 5/18/2016 2:53 PM

Minimum High School Graduation Requirements - Total of 22 Credits
 
  • Language Arts - 4 credits (English I, English II, English III, and English IV) to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for English and language arts. Language arts shall be taken each year of high school.*
  • Mathematics - 3 credits to include Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II  (An integrated, applied, interdisciplinary, or technical or occupational course that prepares a student for a career path based on the student's Individual Learning Plan may be substituted for a traditional Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II course on an individual student basis if the course meets the content standards in the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS). 
    o    A mathematics course or its equivalent as determined by the district shall be taken each year of high school to ensure readiness for postsecondary education or the workforce,
    o    Any mathematics course other than Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II shall be counted as an elective and 
    o    If a student does not meet the college readiness benchmarks for mathematics as established by the Council on Postsecondary Education in 13 KAR 2:020, the student shall take a mathematics transitional course or intervention, which is monitored to address remediation needs, before exiting high school.*
  • Social Studies - 3 credits to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for social studies. 
  • Science - 3 credits ​that shall incorporate lab-based scientific investigation experiences and include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for science.
  • Health - 1/2 credit to include the content ​contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for health. 
  • Physical Education - 1/2 credit to include the content ​contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for physical education.
  • History and appreciation of visual and performing arts (or another arts course which incorporates this content) - 1 credit to include the content contained in the Kentucky core academic standards for arts and humanities or a standards-based specialized arts course based on the student’s individual learning plan.
  • Academic and career interest standards-based learning experiences - 7 credits including 4 standards-based learning experiences in an academic or career interest based on the student’s individual learning plan. 
  • Technology - Demonstrated performance-based competency in technology
*If a student does not meet the college readiness benchmarks for English and language arts and/or mathematics (18 for English, 20 for reading, 19 for mathematics), the student shall take a respective English and language arts or math transitional course or intervention, which is monitored to address remediation needs, before exiting high school.

​Resources

The chart below, which outlines the three different ways Kentucky students can graduate, was created to help clarify the distinctions between the three options. It is for use by schools, districts, parents and counselors to see, in a clear format, the differences in time, credit hours or outcomes.

Kentucky High School Graduation Chart ​

704 KAR 3:305 Min. Grad. Requirements

Graduation Requirements FAQ

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Karen Kidwell
Office of Next-Generation Learners
Division of Program Standards
500 Mero Street, 18th Floor CPT

Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2106
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