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Preparing Online School Students for Graduation

Connections Academy provides in-depth support to ensure that online school students understand their 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:
    • Support 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 and also take state tests. Be sure to check your school handbook for updates. 

The course credits required to graduate include:

  • Language arts: 4 credits
  • Math: 4 credits (including Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II)
  • Science: 3 credits (including Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Social studies: 3 credits (including U.S. History, World History, Economics and Government)
  • Health and physical education: 1 credit
  • Fine arts: 1 credit
  • World language*: 2 credits
  • Other electives:  4 credits

New 9th graders have to take two years of world language. Current high school students transferring to Michigan Connections Academy can elect to take one year of world language and two years of VPAA.