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Preparing Students for Graduation

Connections Academy provides in-depth support to ensure that 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
    • College application process LiveLesson® online workshops, 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 such as Student Advisory Council and Debate Club

High School Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully earn a minimum of 24 credits* to graduate. Be sure to check your school handbook for updates.

The minimum course credits required to graduate include:

  • English Language Arts: 4 credits
  • Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Mathematics: 3 credits
  • Science: 3 credits
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit
  • Practical Arts: 1 credit
  • Physical Education: 1 credit
  • Health: 0.5 credit
  • Personal Finance: 0.5 credit
  • Other Electives: 7 credits

Additional statutory requirements for graduation include:

  • American Civics exam
  • Missouri Constitution Exam
  • U.S. Constitution Exam
  • 30 min CPR/First Aid Instruction

* Can vary based on residential school district.