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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 22.5 credits to graduate and also pass state tests.

As a College and Career Ready school in Nevada, NCA students who graduate with a high school diploma will successfully complete courses that allow for career exploration, preparation for college, and prepare for technical, trade, and military opportunities. Students must be placed into one of three track options to earn the necessary credits: Advanced Placement/Honors, Career and Technical Education (CTE), or Dual Enrollment. Learn more about our track and diploma options.

Be sure to check your school handbook for updates.  

The course credits required to graduate with a standard diploma include:

  • Language arts: 4 credits
  • Math: 3 credits (including Algebra 1 and Geometry)
  • Science: 3 credits (including Biology and a physical science)
  • Social studies: 3.5 credits (including World History, US History, and Government)
  • Health: 0.5 credit
  • Physical education: 2 credits
  • Technology: 0.5 credit
  • Humanities: 1 credit
  • Additional credits of electives are required: at least 5 credits