Preparing Online School Students for Graduation

Connections Academy provides in-depth support to ensure that online school students understand the Connections Academy graduation requirements and are well prepared for life beyond high school.

To make sure that our graduating class of seniors is well prepared for the transition out of virtual high school, Connections Academy provides:

  • Access to a full-time certified school counselor
  • Assistance creating a four-year academic plan
  • College and career planning, including:
    • Guidance in finding appropriate college or career opportunities
    • LiveLesson® online workshops about the college application process, including information on local colleges/universities
    • Financial aid and scholarship LiveLesson online workshops
    • Free access to college admissions test preparation online courses and information about test dates, locations, etc.
    • Official transcripts
  • Additional extracurricular activities 

High School Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must successfully earn a minimum of 22 credits. However, there are no credit requirements to participate in state tests.

Arkansas Connection Academy students may graduate under the Smart Core or Core curriculum. If a parent or guardian waives a ninth grade student’s right to participate in Smart Core, he or she may graduate under the Core curriculum. Be sure to check your school handbook for updates.

Students who elect to graduate under the Smart Core curriculum will be expected to complete the required and elective Smart Core courses for graduation:

  • Language Arts: 4 units (English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12)
  • Mathematics: 4 units (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Any other approved math course)
  • Science: 3 units (Biology, Any 2 other approved science courses)
  • Social Studies: 3 units (Civics-0.5, World History, American History, Economics-0.5)
  • Health and Safety: 0.5 unit
  • Physical Education: 0.5 unit
  • Oral Communications: 0.5 unit
  • Fine Arts: 0.5 unit
  • Career Focus: 6 units