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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 

Academic Pathways to the Future

Ohio Connections Academy (OCA) students may choose from a variety of graduation pathways in order to meet requirements and prepare for their postsecondary goals. The pathways include earning a standard high school diploma, earning post-secondary course credits, taking Advanced Placement® (AP®)* courses, earning industry recognized credentials, and ensuring eligibility for admission into a competitive college. Students may also work with their counselor to individualize their plan based on the suggested pathways.

Additionally, students have the opportunity to work with their counselor to use a resource through the OhioMeansJobs program to prepare to join the workforce immediately after graduating.

High School Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully earn a minimum of 21 credits to graduate. A minimum of 5 credits must be earned at OCA, and at least 1.5 credits must be earned in the semester immediately prior to graduation. In addition, students must be enrolled in OCA full-time and not in any other program in the semester prior to graduation. Be sure to check your school handbook for updates. Graduation requirements include:

  • Language arts: 4 credits
  • Math: 4 credits (including Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2)
  • Science: 3 credits (including Physical Science, Biology and an Advanced Science)
  • Social studies: 3 credits (including U.S. History, Modern World History and American Government)
  • Physical education: 0.5 credit
  • Health: 0.5 credit
  • Career Planning/Personal Finance: 1 credit
  • Technology: 1 credit
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit
  • 3 Additional credits of electives are required
  • Other testing and diploma seal requirements determined by cohort year, as defined by the Ohio Department of Education.

* AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.