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

Students must successfully earn a minimum of 22 credits to graduate. Be sure to check your school handbook and the School Counseling Message Board for updates.

The course credits required to graduate include:

  • Language arts: 4 credits
  • Math: 3 credits
  • Science: 3 credits (including 1 Lab Science)
  • Social studies: 3 credits (including U.S. History, Government, and Economics)
  • Physical education: 1 credit
  • Health: 1 credit
  • Technology: .5 credit
  • College and Career Readiness: .5 credit
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit
  • Additional electives: 5 credits

Additionally, students attending Maine Connections Academy will be required to participate in state testing to align with Maine standards.